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Andrew RT Davies AM resigns as Shadow Health Minister in Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Cabinet

The Shadow Health Minister and AM for South Wales Central has announced he is resigning from the Welsh Conservatives’ shadow cabinet.

Andrew RT Davies’ resignation has come as a surprise at the Senedd considering he launched the Tory health manifesto with party leader Nick Bourne just a few weeks ago.

Mr Davies says he still offers his full support to the health plans but he wants to spend more time in his constituency.

His decision to resign comes days after David Melding, shadow Economy and Transport Minister, was removed from the shadow cabinet to concentrate on party manifesto work.

A spokesperson for Mr Davies denied the resignation is connected to Mr Melding’s move.

The party has confirmed Nick Ramsey will replace Mr Davies as the new Shadow Health Minister.

Mr Davies said in his resignation statement: “I have informed the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly that I wish to stand down from my position within the shadow cabinet, with immediate effect.”

“I gave this indication to Nick Bourne on Saturday and it is something that I have considered for some time now. With the changes being made to the front bench team, I feel that now would be an opportune moment to make this move as it would allow any subsequent changes to be made with minimal disruption.”

“I look forward to playing a full and productive role from the back benches, articulating the concerns and interests of the people of South Wales Central.

“I remain fully committed, as ever, to the Welsh Conservative Party and its policies and I shall continue to work tirelessly to develop a strong Conservative voice for the people of Wales.”

“I look forward to playing a full and productive role from the back benches, articulating the concerns and interests of the people of South Wales Central.

“I remain fully committed, as ever, to the Welsh Conservative Party and its policies and I shall continue to work tirelessly to develop a strong Conservative voice for the people of Wales.”

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4 thoughts on “Andrew RT Davies AM resigns as Shadow Health Minister in Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Cabinet

  1. Having known Andrew since he joined the Conservative Party I feel he will be a significent loss to the Conservative Front Bench.
    Andrew has built up a formidable repution as a dedicated AM of te highest calibre who has always put people first and i can only wish him well for the future as we need more members with his strengh of charactor. Thank you Andrew for all that you have done and achieved for your constituents.
    I speak as one with first hand knowledge of his absolute dedication and hard work and wish him well for the future

    Posted by Bob Mogridge | December 1, 2010, 1:54 am

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