First Minister 'fixated by Westminster'

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has accused Carwyn Jones of being ‘fixated with Westminster’ following 79 references to the UK Government during First Minister’s Questions since September. Speaking in the Senedd this afternoon, Andrew RT Davies AM highlighted a recent quote by Mr Jones: ‘What happens at Westminster is not a matter for this government here’.

Welsh Labour failing to use levers at hand

Commenting on claims by Ed Miliband that Carwyn Jones’ “hands are tied” on the Welsh economy, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology & Science, said: “Labour are trying to shift the blame to cover for their mismanagement of the Welsh economy over 12 years in power in Wales."

'Excessive' & 'wasteful' government refurbishment costs

By next April, 16 million pounds would have been spent on refurbishment and maintenance of the Welsh Government’s Cathays Park building over the previous four years. The costs have been released to the Welsh Conservatives, who have questioned the amount of public money being used in the current economic climate.

Call for affordable homes strategy

Commenting on claims by Shelter that the number of people threatened by repossession has risen by 300%, Shadow Minister for Housing Mark Isherwood AM, said: “Shelter’s fears make it clear that the Welsh Labour Government must act urgently on its pledge to build more affordable homes. Yet there is still no solid strategy that outlines its plans or how it intends to meet demand."

Minister finally forced to reveal TB report date

An expected date for receipt of a review’s conclusions into combating bovine TB has been confirmed to the Welsh Conservatives. The Environment Minister now expects to receive the Science Review Group’s report at the end of this month.

Government budget defeat 'sends a strong message'

Commenting on the Welsh Government’s defeat in today’s vote on the draft budget, Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM, said: “This vote sends a strong message of defiance to a First Minister whose draft budget is not fit for purpose and whose refusal to provide flexibility has been naïve."

Draft Budget: Best interests of Wales must come first

Ahead of today’s debate on the Welsh Government’s draft budget, Welsh Conservatives have reaffirmed their commitment to work constructively in the best interests of Wales. The group has tabled a joint amendment opposing the budget, together with the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Plaid.

No improvement in waiting times

Latest Welsh Government figures show waiting times targets were missed again during September and delays in orthopaedic treatment remain ‘astonishingly’ high.

Statement on Draft Budget Amendment

The three opposition parties in the National Assembly for Wales, the Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats have agreed to table a joint amendment opposing the Welsh Labour Government’s draft budget.

Welsh Conservatives welcome Powys councillor from Lib Dems

Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly, has welcomed Councillor Richard White to the Welsh Conservative Party after he left the Liberal Democrat group on Powys County Council. Cllr White, who represents Newtown East ward on the authority, said he looks forward to working with Russell George AM, Glyn Davies MP and the Welsh Conservative team in Powys.