Welsh Tory leader quits after admitting drinking alcohol during Covid ban

The leader of the Welsh Conservatives has announced he is stepping down after he admitted consuming alcohol in the Welsh parliament days after it was banned as part of Covid rules.

Paul Davies and four other members of the Welsh parliament had been under investigation for

Mr Davies said in a statement: ‘I am truly sorry for my actions on December 8 and 9. 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.’

He added: ‘What we did was to have some alcohol with a meal we heated up in a microwave, which was a couple of glasses of wine on the Tuesday and a beer on the Wednesday. I broke no actual Covid-19 regulations.’

The statement continued: ‘Yesterday I indicated to the Conservative group in the Welsh Parliament that I wished to resign, but they urged me to reflect further, and we agreed to meet again on Monday. However, for the sake of my party, my health and my own conscience, I simply cannot continue in post.

‘Therefore, I am stepping down as leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Welsh Parliament with immediate effect.’

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