Andrew R. T. Davies

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Andrew R. T. Davies
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Leader of the Welsh Conservative Party
In office
14 July 2011 – 27 June 2018
DeputyPaul Davies
LeaderDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byNick Bourne
Succeeded byPaul Davies
Shadow Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills
In office
16 June 2008 – 1 July 2009
LeaderNick Bourne
Preceded byAlun Cairns
Succeeded byPaul Davies
Shadow Minister for Transport
In office
11 July 2007 – 16 June 2008
LeaderNick Bourne
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byDavid Melding
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for South Wales Central
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Preceded byJonathan Morgan
Personal details
Born1968 (age 49–50)
Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Political partyConservative

Andrew Robert Tudor Davies (born 1968) is a Welsh Conservative Party politician serving as Member of the National Assembly for Wales since May 2007. He was elected Leader of the Welsh Conservative Party in the National Assembly for Wales on 14 July 2011, resigning the position on 27 June 2018.

Background[edit]

Davies was educated at Llanfair Primary School, St John's Preparatory School, Porthcawl, and later boarded at Wycliffe College, Stroud. He is married to a qualified midwife and they have four children.[1] He is a partner in the family farming business based in St Hilary near Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan. Davies was a Welsh delegate on the Council of the National Farmers Union (NFU); Vice president of the local Young Farmers Club; and is a former Chairman of Creative Communities, which seeks to develop structural community development. Davies is also a life governor of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, and was the Society’s Oxford Scholar in 2002. He is a former governor at Llanfair Primary School.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Joining the Conservative Party in 1997, Davies fought Cardiff West in the 2001 general election, and Brecon and Radnorshire in 2005. He has served as Deputy Chairman (Political) for the Conservative Party in South Wales Central 2002–03, a region that comprises Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan; and Cardiff West Conservative Association 2004–05. In 2007, he was elected to the National Assembly of Wales. Davies' political interests include education, health and rural affairs.

In the Third Assembly he was appointed Shadow Minister for Transport in the National Assembly for Wales from 7 July 2007 to 16 June 2008, and Shadow Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills from 16 June 2008. He also sat on the Assembly’s Petitions Committee and the Subordinate Legislation Committee. In 2009 he became the Shadow Minister for Health in the National Assembly for Wales. He has also won an award for being "assembly member to watch" in December 2008. He was elected as leader of the Welsh Conservative group on the 14 July 2011, having won 53.1 per cent of the vote.[2] He resigned from his leadership role on 27 June 2018.[3]

Stance on Brexit and its impact on Wales[edit]

During the Brexit referendum campaign Davies suggested Wales would be better off financially outside the EU: “Wales could be as much as half a billion pounds a year better off if the UK votes to leave the European Union."[4] However, shortly after the referendum, where a majority of 52.4 percent in Wales voted for leaving the EU, conservative Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns stated that Wales could not expect a Brexit administration to match the level of funding it received from Brussels at present. (i. e. £1.9 billion for the period 2014 to 2020).[5]

In the run-up to the UK's invocation of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, Davies claimed that the Welsh Government should be denied the right to be part of Brexit negotiations on devolved areas.[6]

Despite his firm anti-EU stance, Davies' family firm TJ Davies and Sons had accepted a total of £96,808.89 in EU subsidies over the period October 16, 2013 to October 15, 2014 alone, including £70,930.63 allocated under the Single area payment scheme, £24,099.86 agro-environmental payments and £1,728.40 from the first afforestation of agricultural land scheme.[7] Commenting on the revelation of these figures, Britain Stronger in Europe spokesman James McGrory said: "Taking money from Europe while saying we should leave is hypocrisy of the first order." A spokesman for Davies responded to the allegation of hypocrisy that, "There is no such thing as EU money. That money belongs to UK taxpayers and we pay £10 billion a year more than we receive to be part of this racket."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew RT Davies AM". National Assembly of Wales. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Andrew RT Davies elected Tory Welsh assembly leader". BBC.co.uk. 14 July 2011. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Welsh conservative leader Andrew RT Davies quits". BBC News.
  4. ^ "'Brexit Dividend' could mean Wales is half a billion pounds better off - The Ceredigion Herald". 21 June 2016. Archived from the original on 27 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Wales told not to expect same level of funding as it got from the EU after voting Brexit". The Independent. 14 July 2016. Archived from the original on 23 May 2017.
  6. ^ "RT Davies: 'Reality' call for Welsh Government Brexit role". BBC News. 27 November 2016. Archived from the original on 2 December 2017.
  7. ^ Shipton, Martin (14 March 2016). "Welsh Tory leader got £100k farming subsidy from the EU in a year". Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 1 September 2017.
  8. ^ Shipton, Martin (15 March 2016). "Brexit-backing top Tory rakes in £100,000 of subsidies from the EU". Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 1 September 2017.

External links[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Jonathan Morgan
Assembly Member for South Wales Central
2007–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Position established
Shadow Minister for Transport
2007–2008
Succeeded by
David Melding
Preceded by
Alun Cairns
Shadow Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Paul Davies
Preceded by
Jonathan Morgan
Shadow Minister for Health
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Nick Ramsay
Preceded by
Nick Bourne
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly
2011–2016
Succeeded by
Leanne Wood
Preceded by
Leanne Wood
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly
2017–present
Succeeded by
Paul Davies
Party political offices
Preceded by
Nick Bourne
Leader of the Welsh Conservative Party
2011–2018
Succeeded by
Paul Davies
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