Nick Ramsay

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Nick Ramsay
AM
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Shadow Minister for Local Government and Public Services
In office
11 July 2007 – 22 October 2008
LeaderNick Bourne
Preceded byNew post
Succeeded byAlun Cairns
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Monmouth
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Preceded byDavid Davies
Majority6,117 (20.4%)
Personal details
Born (1975-06-10) 10 June 1975 (age 43)
Cwmbran, Torfaen, Wales
Political partyConservative
Alma materDurham University, Cardiff University
Websitewww.nickramsay.org.uk

Nick Ramsay (born 10 June 1975) is a British Conservative politician who has been a Member of the Welsh Assembly since 2007. He currently represents the constituency of Monmouth.

Early life[edit]

Nicholas Ramsay was born in 1975 and is originally from Cwmbran. He was educated at Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School and Durham University where he graduated in English and Philosophy. He later gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics from Cardiff University.

Professional career[edit]

Between 1999 and 2001 he worked as a driving instructor in Monmouthshire and The Valleys.

Political career[edit]

Ramsay was previously employed as an assistant to David Davies MP, and as a general researcher for the Welsh Conservative Group. He contested the Labour stronghold of Torfaen at the 2003 Assembly and 2005 General elections and has served as a Monmouthshire County Councillor for the ward of Mardy, which had previously been in Labour hands for over 20 years.

Ramsay succeeded David Davies as an Assembly Member for Monmouth, and was appointed Shadow Minister for Local Government in the Third Assembly Term. Nick stood for leadership of the Conservative group in the summer of 2011 and currently is the Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science as well as Chairing the Business and Enterprise Committee.

Group Leadership Contest After Nick Bourne lost his seat in May 2011, Nick stood for leadership of the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group against South Wales Central AM, Andrew RT Davies. Andrew was elected leader with 53.1% of the membership vote.

S025[edit]

In 2008 Ramsay spent much of his time on the Special Assembly Procedure Committee, and in particular the "S025," which re-considered the controversial Robeston Wathen by-pass proposed by the Welsh Assembly Government. These types of Orders and challenges are rare occurrences. The last one which was heard in Parliament was in 1999.

Controversy[edit]

In 2011, while a contender for the leadership of the Welsh Conservatives Ramsay had to apologise after being barred from a pub following a charity pub quiz in aid of Help for Heroes. The landlord is quoted as saying that he resigned his membership of the party over the issue as "Nick Ramsay heckled the quizmaster repeatedly, telling him that his questions were rubbish. He challenged the quizmaster, a local antiques dealer, to bid £100 for a rugby jersey in an auction we held on the same evening for the charity. He was quite rude and objectionable and his comments didn't go down well - I think he'd had a few beers." [1]

In 2012, Ramsay was criticised for missing a committee session; after an evening's drinking in Cardiff at a leaving party for a Labour member of staff at a Cardiff Bay pub before heading into town at closing time for a late city centre bar. He failed to notify the clerk that he was ill until two hours after the meeting was due to start. when an email was received by the clerk from a member of Mr Ramsay’s staff to say he had been taken ill during the night. Ramsay was not in the Assembly chamber for the majority of the afternoon’s session, but arrived at 5.25pm to vote on a Liberal Democrat motion of no confidence in Health Minister Lesley Griffiths. [2]

In 2014, Ramsay was accused of having been drunk during a debate in the Assembly. The Assembly’s Presiding Officer had to launch an investigation after she received a complaint alleging that a Tory AM appeared “drunk” and made “slurred, incoherent and insolent” contributions to a debate on mental health in the Senedd, but he denies being drunk. [3] Ramsay, who also celebrated his birthday that day, had intervened twice during a speech by health minister Prof Mark Drakeford AM, who at one point told him he would pursue the matters raised directly with him outside the confines of the debate. [4] An online clip demonstrated the awkwardness of the debate. [5]

Presiding Officer, Dame Rosemary Butler, did not support the claim and no further action was taken.[6]

Personal[edit]

Aside from politics, Ramsay is a keen tennis player and member of Cwmbran Tennis Club. He is also a follower of Welsh Rugby Union - his grandfather Jack Davies played for Pontypool Rugby Club in the 1950s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pub ban for Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay after quiz 'banter'". BBCNews. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Tory AM Nick Ramsay "taken ill" after pub night out and misses committee". WalesOnline. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Tory AM Nick Ramsay's conduct prompts drunk complaint". BBC News. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  4. ^ "WATCH: Tory AM Nick Ramsay accused of being drunk in the National Assembly". DailyPost. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Tory AM Nick Ramsay's conduct prompts drunk complaint". BBC News. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  6. ^ "No further action against AM accused of being drunk in Senedd debate". WalesOnline. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2016.

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Offices held[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
David Davies
Assembly Member for Monmouth
2007–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
(new post)
Shadow Minister for Local Government and Public Services
2007-2008
11 July 2007 to 22 October 2008
Succeeded by
Alun Cairns
Preceded by
Angela Burns
Shadow Minister for Finance
2008-2011
from 22 October 2008
Succeeded by
Paul Davies
Preceded by
TBC
Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise and Technology
2011-2016
Succeeded by
post re-organised