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Tory quits Senedd shadow role over ‘anxieties’


A WELSH Conservati­ve politician yesterday quit the party’s frontbench in the Senedd in opposition to the Conservati­ve Government Bill which modifies the Brexit deal signed with the EU.

David Melding said recent decisions by Prime Minister Boris Johnson had “done nothing to lessen” his anxieties about the future of the UK.

Mr Melding had been the Welsh Conservati­ves’ spokesman for culture and communicat­ions and shadow

Counsel General, and is due to retire from the Senedd at next year’s elections.

He has represente­d South Wales Central since the start of devolution in 1999 and posted his resignatio­n letter to Welsh Conservati­ves leader Paul Davies in a tweet.

In the letter, Mr Melding said he’d had “misgivings for some time about aspects of the UK Government’s approach to developing a new relationsh­ip with the EU”.

“The publicatio­n today of the

Internal Market Bill has done nothing to lessen my anxieties about the dangers facing our 313 year old Union,” Mr Melding said. “Indeed they have been gravely aggravated by the decisions made in the last few days by the Prime Minister.

“It is clearly not feasible for me to continue in my post of shadow Counsel General while holding such reservatio­ns.”

Mr Melding said he would now be able to speak out against “what I consider to be a lack of statecraft at this crucial time for the UK’s very survival, as a multi-national state”.

He added he would continue to offer Mr Davies “all possible support from the backbenche­s”.

In reply, Mr Davies said: “I’m sorry to lose David from my shadow cabinet, he has been a fantastic ambassador for the Welsh Conservati­ves over 20 years that he has been a Member of the Welsh Parliament. I’m grateful that he will continue to support me from the backbenche­s.”

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