It’s emerged that Ben Gray – the Conservative Welsh Assembly candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth – is on the opposite side of the fence to his party leader Andrew R T Davies on the issue of the UK’s continued membership of the EU.
In a hustings meeting organised by the council of churches, Cytun, in Penarth yesterday Ben Gray – and all the candidates present (UKIP wasn’t there) – said they were in favour of Britain remaining within the European Union .
However the Leader of the Welsh Conservative Party – Andrew R T Davies – has already announced that he’s decided to back the campaigns to get Britain out of the European Union.
Davies – who is standing in the South Wales Central Assembly-constituency (which includes Penarth) has said “In June the future of our relationship with Europe will be placed in the hands of the people – not politicians. After a great deal of consideration I have decided that I will be voting for Britain to leave the EU. It is my belief that our future will be best served as part of a looser, economic relationship with the European Union.”
Ben Gray however has now reportedly described himself as “a remainer” but has said it is “important to have a conversation” about the issue.
Another Penarth Conservative candidate who is also pro-Europe is David Melding who – like Andrew R T Davies – is standing in South Wales Central.
Observers say that what politicians think – and what Welsh Assembly candidates think – is actually irrelevant, as Britain’s membership of the EU will be decided purely by voters in the forthcoming referendum.