Byron Davies, who represents South Wales West, strongly disagreed with Conservative group leader Andrew RT Davies’ sacking of Nick Ramsay as chair of the Assembly’s Enterprise and Business Committee earlier this year. For the last three months he has not been attending meetings of the committee, of which he technically remains a member.
He has made no secret of his reason for not showing up and told us: “I think the committee under Nick Ramsay was doing a good job in holding the Welsh Government to account and I think the group leader should not have removed him as the chair and replaced him with William Graham, who was not previously a member of the committee.”
Mr Ramsay was sacked as chair by Andrew RT Davies after voting against his leader’s line on the proposal to devolve income tax varying powers to the Assembly. He was also sacked as a Shadow Minister, like three other Tory AMs who also defied Andrew RT Davies.
Asked how long he intended to boycott the committee, Byron Davies said: “Ask the leader.”
He added that he disapproved of current arrangements under which committee chairs are appointed by party leaders, rather than elected by AMs.The weakness of Tory leader Andrew RT Davies position is shown Brian Davies, remains Shadow Transport and Regeneration Minister, and has not been sacked
Labour AM Ann Jones said:
“Whatever job people do there is an expectation that you fulfil the basic roles involved. In terms of AM, this includes attending committee, plenary and being available to take up matters for constituents. Byron Davies’ refusal to sit on a committee, following internal strife involving some of his colleagues, is a refusal to carry out one of the basic parts of his contract with the voters of South West Wales. It not only damages his reputation but that of his leader Andrew RT Davies. Byron Davies should explain to his constituents why he is refusing to represent them fully.”What Mr Davies thinks he is achieving apart from embarrassing his Party leader is an interesting question and indeed we may well ask what Nick Ramsay thinks about this as its his treatment Byron Davies is protesting about?
Its beginning to look like we have two Conservative parties in the Assembly we can only speculate whether some might think its Ukip time?
Of course if that happened. it could mean the Plaid's Leanne Wod would find her self leader of the Opposition.