There’s now just one month to go before the Welsh Conservatives decide who’ll be their leader in the Assembly. Nick Ramsay launched his manifesto last week – last night it was the turn of his rival in the contest, Andrew RT Davies. You can read his manifesto here http://www.andrewrtdavies.com/
Pledging to be a ‘custodian of Conservative values’ in the Assembly, Andrew RT Davies said that didn’t mean appealing only to traditional Tory voters. Those values, he said, were important to people everywhere. He also stresses his desire to ‘reach out’ to the other opposition parties, with a view to one day forming a ‘Conservative-led’ Government in Wales. A sign then, that he’s following former leader Nick Bourne’s dream of a ‘rainbow coalition’ united against Labour.
But many people see him as a far more traditional Conservative than his former boss – not as a candidate likely to continue what many see as Mr Bourne’s modernisation of the party.
The Ramsay camp has noted with surprise what they say is a lack of policies in the competition’s manifesto, and it’s true that Andrew RT Davies has chosen to outline broad ideas rather than make firm commitments. The document suggests he plans to ‘consult widely’ before coming up with party pledges – but he could also be keeping his options open and trying not to risk alienating any supporters over the next few weeks.
With the hustings over and the ballot papers due to land on letter boxes later this week, both candidates claim they’re getting a positive response from party members. We’ll know who the winner is on July 14th