Carwyn Jones, the Welsh First Minister, Apologises Over Ignoring Villagers


Carwyn Jones, the Welsh First Minister, has apologised after he failed to stop to villagers who had suffered from flooding in their area. Villagers in Tal-y-Bont were told in a Government statement that the First Minister would be coming to discuss the flooding issue, but his car then drove through the area without stopping.

A statement issued by the First Minister has said that on 31 December 2015:

“The First Minister will visit the Conwy Valley, Talybont and Beaumaris where he will offer his support to members of the emergency services, including Beaumaris Fire Crew and staff from Trunk Road Agencies and Natural Resources Wales, volunteers and local people, all of whom have been affected by the flooding over the festive period”.

BBC News reported that one villager, Eirlys Evans, was “disappointed and disgusted” after Jones failed to stop.

The Daily Post reported that Margaret Fearnley, a Community Councillor, said “we were told he would be here at 12.30pm, and so we waited for him. I’m very disappointed he hasn’t come to talk to us”.

A spokesman for Carwyn Jones apologised for the confusion and said that the First Minister was “very sorry” and would return on Tuesday to talk to the villagers. The First Minister said on Twitter:

“I’m sorry to the residents of Talybont who were waiting to meet me today. I was unaware they were waiting otherwise I would have met them”.