Dark Day for democracy as the Welsh Labour whip stops publication of Carl Sargeant leak inquiry

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives – Andrew RT Davies – has spoken of a “dark day for Welsh democracy” after Labour AMs voted to block the publication of a report looking into potential leaks ahead of the sacking of former Minister Carl Sargeant.

Welsh Conservatives had turned to the Government of Wales Act to force the publication of the report, and the first minister had controversially threatened legal action to stop the debate taking place on Wednesday afternoon.

The Conservative motion was defeated by 29 votes to 26, with 1 abstention.

Commenting after the vote, Mr Davies described the result as a “dark day for Welsh democracy”.

He said:

“The Welsh Government under Carwyn Jones hasn’t covered itself in glory this week, with a dangerous and unprecedented legal attempt to silence the National Assembly for Wales.

“This is a dark day for Welsh democracy.

“The government whip may have delivered the vote for Carwyn Jones, but it has left the First Minister with little moral authority.

“It is deeply regrettable that party loyalty has taken precedence over the need to do the right thing, and we will continue to fight for openness, transparency and justice.”