8 November 2022 – today’s press releases

It’s been another day in which the apparent total lack of understanding of governance has been the undoing of another Conservative minister, and today’s press releases reflect how quickly that can play out…

  • Williamson comments: Independent Cabinet Office investigation needed now
  • Welsh Liberal Democrats Only Party in the Senedd Making a Stand on Human Rights
  • Gavin Williamson resigns: Sunak’s integrity left in tatters

Williamson comments: Independent Cabinet Office investigation needed now

The Liberal Democrats have demanded an immediate independent Cabinet Office inquiry into remarks made by Gavin Williamson, in which he told a senior civil servant to “slit his throat.”

It comes after Number 10 confirmed today Rishi Sunak has full confidence in Gavin Williamson.

The Liberal Democrats said a full and independent inquiry must be carried out immediately by the Cabinet Office Propriety and Ethics team, and the findings must be made public.

Liberal Democrat Cabinet Office Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

The Conservatives must not be allowed to mark their own homework. We need an independent inquiry now to address these damning allegations about Gavin Williamson’s conduct.

Anything less would be an abdication of leadership from Number 10, and make a mockery of Sunak’s promise to govern with integrity.

The findings must be made public – if the Conservatives have nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear.

Every day this scandal drags on means more endless infighting while the Conservatives fail to tackle the pressing issues facing the country.

Welsh Liberal Democrats Only Party in the Senedd Making a Stand on Human Rights

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticized the other three parties in the Senedd for being weak on human rights, after it emerged that all three parties support sending a Welsh Government delegation to the World Cup in Qatar. Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS has stated her party is the only one in Wales willing to take a stand in favour of human rights and that the position of other Welsh parties is extremely disappointing.

Qatar has come under fire for its human rights record as the World Cup approaches. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s World Democracy Index, Qatar ranks 126/167 nations making the country an “authoritarian regime”. The country also performs poorly on woman’s rights, with a male guardianship system still in place which means most women still need the permission of a male guardian to carry out everyday tasks.

Being LGBT+ in Qatar can be punished by execution. An investigation by iNews found that gay men were still being hunted by the Qatari secret police as recently as last month.

Qatar has also hit headlines in recent years over its alleged use of foreign migrants for slave labour, including in the construction of stadiums for the World Cup in Qatar, which was billed by Amnesty International as a form of “modern slavery”. A Guardian investigation found that up to thousands of these workers died.

Welsh Labour are sending a delegation to the Qatar World Cup including First Minster Mark Drakeford, Minister for the Economy Vaughn Gething and Culture and Sport Minister Dawn Bowden despite UK Labour Leader Kier Starmer calling for Labour to boycott the tournament.

Commenting Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS said:

What we have seen over recent weeks is an appalling disregard for human rights by Welsh Labour, the Welsh Conservatives and Plaid Cymru.

Andrew RT Davies’ comments today in the Senedd where he endorsed not only the Welsh Government going to Qatar, but also to Iran come despite some of his own members including Laura Anne Jones MS and Natasha Asghar MS having attended a protest in solidarity with Iranian protests recently.

Likewise Plaid Cymru’s Elin Jones’ comments that us raising human rights concerns was ‘spoiling the moment’ shows what little disregard Plaid Cymru show towards the issue. Human rights must be spoken up for no matter how inconvenient it may be at the time.

Then we have Welsh Labour – a party founded on workers’ rights who seem happy to ignore the fact thousands of migrant workers have died in Qatar including in the construction of the World Cup stadiums in order to seek out investment.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are clear, we will always stand up for human rights no matter how inconvenient that is and the fact that we are the only party in the Senedd willing to do this only goes to show why having Liberal voices in the Senedd is necessary.

Mark Drakeford and Welsh Labour should immediately cancel their trip. Unless the Ministers have been promoted to the team itself, their presence will make no difference to how Team Wales do at the tournament.

Gavin Williamson resigns: Sunak’s integrity left in tatters

Responding to the news that Gavin Williamson has resigned from Cabinet, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper MP said:

This should be the third and final time Gavin Williamson is forced out of the Cabinet.

Rishi Sunak has serious questions to answer about why he appointed Gavin Willlamson, then stood by him instead of sacking him. His promise to lead a government of integrity has now been left in tatters.

We need to know now what Rishi Sunak knew about these shocking allegations and when, through a full independent inquiry.

People deserve so much better than this endless Conservative chaos.

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One Comment

  • Helen Dudden 9th Nov '22 - 11:09am

    Can Westminster sink much lower I ask?

    This has been probably in the pipeline for sometime, with the House of Lords needing a spring clean as with the House of Commons.

    Subsidised food and alcohol, how the fast track was a pay off.

    As things drop lower and lower, I ask how much further.

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