Mark Reckless AM is to join the Welsh Conservative Group in the National Assembly for Wales.
The addition of Mr Reckless – who was elected as a regional Assembly Member in South Wales East at last May’s Assembly election – makes the Welsh Conservative Group the second largest in the Senedd, and establishing it as the ‘Official Opposition’ to the Welsh Labour-led Government.
Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group in the Senedd, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:
“The Welsh Conservative Group in the National Assembly for Wales is delighted to welcome Mark Reckless on board and we look forward to working with him.
“Since being elected to the Senedd last year Mark has proven himself to be a hard-working and dedicated AM who has been an effective representative for the South East Wales region. He will now be able to continue this work as part of a strong and united team which will be the official opposition in the Assembly.
“Following the Assembly elections last May we’ve seen more of the same in Cardiff Bay with Labour being kept in power with the support of Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats and still failing to deliver for people and communities across Wales.
“Mark’s decision to join the group is testament to the strength and unity of the Welsh Conservative team in Cardiff Bay which provides the only real opposition to a tired and complacent Labour administration.”
Mark Reckless AM said:
“Since being elected to the Assembly in May I have been thoroughly impressed by the performance and discipline of Andrew RT Davies and the Welsh Conservative Group.
“The Prime Minister’s leadership since taking office has also been exemplary and she has been steadfast in her position to deliver on the wishes of the people of Wales and the United Kingdom, building a united country that works for everyone and not just the privileged few.
“I want to be part of a strong and united team of Assembly Members in Cardiff Bay – one which continues to shine a light on the failures of Labour’s Carwyn Jones and his friends in Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats.”
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