Andrew RT Davies re-appointed Tory leader in the Senedd

Welsh Tories have re-appointed Andrew RT Davies as their group leader in the Senedd following the resignation of Paul Davies in a row over lockdown rules.

Paul Davies announced he was standing down on Saturday following the disclosure that he was among a group of politicians who drank alcohol on the Senedd estate days after a pub alcohol ban came into force.

While he insisted that he had not broken any rules, he said he was standing aside as the issue had become a “distraction”.

Paul Davies
Paul Davies

His successor led the Tory group in the Senedd for seven years before he quit in 2018 amid a row over Brexit.

The group chairman Janet Finch-Saunders said his re-appointment had been unanimously endorsed at a group meeting on Sunday.

In a statement Andrew RT Davies said his appointment was “a great honour and privilege” and paid tribute to the the work of his predecessor.

“I’m pleased to enjoy the unanimous support of my colleagues to take us forward after a difficult few days for us all,” he said.

“There is urgent work in front of all of us and our immediate focus will be continuing to hold the Labour administration in the Senedd to account on vital issues such as the vaccine rollout, and fighting May’s election.”