The Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns – who held his Vale of Glamorgan seat on June 8th (but with a slimmer majority) has been re-confirmed in his cabinet post by Prime Minister Theresa May today.
Mr Cairns was amongst a procession of ministers who were called to Downing Street this afternoon and learned that Mrs May wishes him to continue as Secretary of State for Wales.
However Mr Cairns’s confirmation in his post comes against a background of continuing controversy about exactly who IS the leader of the Welsh Conservatives.
Three different party spokesmen popped-up in three different televised election debates during the election campaign – Andrew R T Davies (Conservative Leader in the Welsh Assembly), Alun Cairns (Secretary of State for Wales) and Darren Millar (Conservative AM for Clwyd West) .
Mr Millar was called upon to fill-in [and did quite a creditable job] when it appeared that neither Mr Davies nor Mr Cairns could agree on who should take the podium on behalf of the party and when Mr Davies was abroad in Gran Canaria celebrating his wedding anniversary.
In the BBC Sunday Politics programme today Andrew R T Davies said the Conservatives had to have a “designated political leader in Wales”.
Currently he explained that at present he [Andrew R T Davies] leads on devolved matters which come within the remit of the Welsh Assembly; on what he called “Westminster aspects” the Secretary of State for Wales [ Alun Cairns] “ leads”, and the chairman of the Wales Conservatives’ “voluntary party” leads on voluntary-party matters. “That cannot continue” – said Andrew R T Davies .
Mr Davies said the Conservative party would need to discuss an improved structure, but said that “Scotland has a very good model which has shown to be successful” [ i.e. Ruth Davidson is the undisputed leader of the Scottish Conservatives].