Paul Davies Resigns as Conservative Welsh Leader

Paul Davies, the leader of the Conservative Party in the Welsh Assembly, has resigned following an incident where he was caught drinking alcohol in the Senedd in December 2020. The incident took place when pubs and bars had been told to stop serving alcohol and although the offence may have been committed by the bar rather than the politician, Davies faced widespread criticism.

Davies said:

“I am truly sorry for my actions on the 8th and 9th December. They have damaged the trust and respect that I have built up over 14 years in the Welsh Parliament with my colleagues and the wider Conservative Party but more importantly with the people of Wales.”

Davies will leave his role with immediate effect, as will Darren Millar, the party’s Chief Whip, who was also involved in the incident. Although Davies had secured the support of Welsh Conservative Assembly Members, he said that his leadership had now become “a distraction”.