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Minister For Natural Resources & Food Alun Davies Sacked

08 Jul

Minister For Natural Resources & Food Alun Davies has been sacked from the Welsh government after asking officials to provide details of farm subsidies paid to opposition AMs.

Mr Davies was told by his staff that the information was not publicly available, but asked again for it to be provided.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said Mr Davies’ actions were “unacceptable”.

A new Environment Minister will be appointed later today.

The Blaenau Gwent AM apologised in the Senedd last week over a separate row in which he was judged to have broken the Ministerial Code while lobbying for a race track to be built in his constituency.

Mr Jones said in a statement on Tuesday that “communications” between Mr Davies and his civil servants had been brought to his attention.

Mr Jones said: “The emails indicate that the Minister asked the civil service to give him private information about the financial interests of a number of members of this chamber.

“These relate to CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) payments made to these individuals.”

The requests, Mr Jones said, were “poorly judged, inappropriate and the fact that they were made at all is unacceptable to me as First Minister”.

“As a result, I have asked the Minister For Natural Resources And Food to leave the government.

“I made this decision with some regret and would like to record my appreciation for the contribution that Alun Davies has undoubtedly made to the work of the government during his time in office.”

News piece taken from BBC Wales News website.

Will our Welsh farmers be rejoicing about this news at the forthcoming Royal Welsh Show………………………..?

Latest update:

A new Minister for Natural Resources & Food has not been appointed, instead Mr Davies previous ministerial duties have been divided between other ministers.

Economy and Transport Minister Edwina Hart will look after agriculture, fisheries and food, Sport and Culture Minister John Griffiths has had environment added to his portfolio and Rebecca Evans is promoted from the backbenches to become deputy minister for agriculture and fisheries.

 
 

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  1. Foodie2

    July 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Rejoicing here – in fact I may have to open a bottle!

     
  2. Parrot

    July 8, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Pour me a glass I’m on my way!!!!!

     
  3. Andy

    July 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Publicly disgraced … he’ll probably become a consultant ; ) Let’s hope Edwina will get more involved. She used to be a regular at our market.

     
  4. BeBe

    July 9, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Let’s see if the Labour women are any more use than the men. I don’t think they’ve much to live up to. If you’re a Labour supporter it’s not what your party needs!
    Doesn’t it show a lack of judgement from the first Minister?
    How will it affect the promotion of the food action plan at RWAS? I think there’s now masses of egg on a lot of labour faces!
    What a disgraceful situation for this minister to be in. Two massive errors in under two weeks.

     
  5. food producer

    July 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Have you opened another can of worms Kath and got our minister into trouble again?

     
  6. Parrot

    July 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I cannot be blamed for the two problems our ex minister has found himself in.
    I have though briefly cover the Circuit of Wales in our Newsround section of the J/August issue. I thought our readers might like to know that the developers had supposedly asked the Welsh and UK governments for £50m of funding.

     
  7. trader

    July 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

    If anyone in Wales had any trust left in Welsh politicians then think this disgusting episode/s will have ended that.
    It will be impossible to sweep this under the carpet, as there’s little room left under there, and will not help Labour win votes next year.
    What a mess.

     
  8. Cup Cake

    July 10, 2014 at 8:18 am

    What an utter mess this minister has made. I don’t care about his apologies he’s stuffed up seriously twice and should have been evicted after his first big error. First Minister showed a poor lack of judgement and lack of leadership.

     
  9. BBB

    July 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Whatever Alun Davies’ faults, he was at least a great supporter of Welsh Food and Drink and its producers. As with all of these things, there is bound to be more to the stories than is being reported. My understanding is that the initial shenanigans over the Circuit of Wales was based on an appeal by one of his constituents – if a minister is not allowed to work on behalf of the people who elected him, there is a wider problem with democracy!

    Back to Food – my memories of “working” “with” Edwina Hart fill me with foreboding for our future.

    I suspect the implementation of the Action Plan will take a lower priority now – but we’ll have to wait and see how and if it actually will benefit us all.

    Perhaps Rebecca Evans, a vocal supporter of Welsh Produce, will be able to become more involved?

     
  10. food trader

    July 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Kath is right, no-one outside of government will ever find out what really went on with both these episodes.
    I can see the problem if you had just one AM like we have one MP, but 7 Labour AMs and this person went to Mr Davies. Hmmm let me think why that was, to use his ministerial power to get this plan through.

     
  11. Andy

    July 21, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Edwina Hart was at Penclawdd Local Produce Market last Saturday.