The little-known Preseli Assembly Member Paul Davies has won the Conservative Party internal ballot to become its Leader in the Welsh Assembly – taking over from Penarth AM Andrew R T Davies who stepped down in June.
Although an opinion poll on the WalesonLine website had put Suzy Davies ahead, that poll was not restricted to Conservative Party members – whereas the real vote was. Both candidates are “Remainers” who wanted Britain to stay in EU but who now accept the result of the 2016 EU Referendum.
Welsh Conservative chairman Byron Davies has declared that Mr Davies won a postal ballot of party members by 68.1% of the votes to 31.9% . Only 52% of party members voted in the ballot.
Today Paul Davies has warned that if Labour winds a 6th consecutive ternm at the next Assembly election “they’ll be close to 30 uninterrupted years of power”. He has said that the Conservative Party has “ a duty at the next assembly elections to offer the people of Wales a progressive, innovative and, yes, radical alternative to more of the same.”