TORY CANDIDATES ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF EUROPEAN FENCE

Ben Gray (left) - the Conservative Assembly candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth wants to staty in teh EU. His party leader Andrew R T Davies - cvandidate for South Wales Central which includes Penarth - does not.

Ben Gray (left) – the Conservative Assembly candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth wants the UK to stay in the European Union. His party leader Andrew R T Davies – candidate for South Wales Central which includes Penarth – does not.

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 .

Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies is standing for election as Assembly candidate in South Wales Central

Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies is standing for election as Assembly candidate in South Wales Central

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.”

Cardiff South and Penarth Conservative candidate Ben Gray at a Penarth hustings

Cardiff South and Penarth Conservative candidate Ben Gray

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.

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One Response to TORY CANDIDATES ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF EUROPEAN FENCE

  1. AK says:

    Why are we proceeding with this pointless waste of tax payers money, and a lot of hot air electing the new WAG, when it is weeks away from one of the most important national votes in a generation?

    The WAG elections should be postponed until after the referendum and the efforts of the WAG should be concentrated on getting the best for Wales once the result is known.

    If they say they can’t get postponed because of ‘legal procedure’, then create a new legal procedure or admit that your powers are non existent and a waste of money.

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