It now appears that the secret plot to oust Andrew R T Davies as Leader of the Conservative Party in Wales was hatched in Westminster – probably by pro-EU MPs determined to frustrate the will of the majority of voters in Wales to Leave the EU .
Andrew R T Davies, who represents Penarth as part of his South Wales Central constituency, has revealed today that as long as 14 months ago he was – by accident – sent a copy of a text emanating from “the other end of the M4” [ code for Westminster] .
He said the text – which he had been sent inadvertently – showed that there were moves afoot back in 2017 to try to remove him as Conservative Party Leader in Wales . He said text had mentioned the options of “keeping a lid on it“ or “removing him straight away”.
Over the last 9 months there had been “discussions” culminating in a “ratcheting up” by fellow Conservative AMs in Cardiff Bay . It all came to a head in a meeting at 08:00 on Wednesday last week at the Assembly’s Ty Hywel office-complex at which the majority present said “fine, Andrew, by all means carry on, but we need to revisit this by 2021” [when a new Welsh Assembly Election is due to be held] .
Andrew R T Davies did not think such a lukewarm endorsement was good enough and resigned with immediate effect. He said “Otherwise the headlines, the counter briefing, would have been ‘Andrew RT hangs on by his fingertips'”. That – he said – would not have been fair on the party, his staff or his family.
Andrew R T Davies has confirmed that he will not stand again for election as Conservative Leader in the Assembly .