It’s emerged that the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns was the author of a text – accidentally copied to former Conservative Leader in the Welsh Assembly Andrew R T Davies – which first revealed the existence of a plot to oust Davies.
The confidential text was intended to be received by “other senior Welsh Conservatives in Westminster” – but was accidentally copied to Mr Davies himself in a highly embarrassing “fat-finger” episode 14 months ago.
The Pro-Brexit AM for South Wales Central (which includes Penarth) Andrew R T Davies resigned as Conservative Leader in the Assembly with immediate effect earlier this month following a meeting of the Conservative Group in the Assembly at which he had demanded that plotting Assembly Members of his own party level with him .
Today a Tory spokesman said that Alun Cairns – who is the Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan and , as Secretary of State for Wales, is a loyal serving member of the Theresa May’s Cabinet – had a “productive working relationship” with Andrew R T Davies.
The rogue text was inadvertently dispatched to Mr Davies 14 months ago – giving him advance notice that Cairns and other elements in Theresa May’s pro-EU anti-Brexit government were actually trying to get rid of him.
It is claimed that anti-Brexit Tory MPs were furious that Andrew R T Davies had welcomed former Tory MP turned UKIP MP and now Assembly Member, Mark Reckless, into the Conservative group in Cardiff Bay.
The BBC quotes Cairns’s spokesman as saying that “Alun spoke with Andrew regularly, aside from any particular messages about Mark Reckless, to clear up any potential misunderstanding and the wider campaign.”