During First Minister’s questions today, Welsh Labour Leader and First Minister of Wales was asked to condemn the comments made by Angela Rayner where she described Conservatives as a “bunch of scum”.
Labour’s UK Deputy Leader made the remarks at a Labour conference event over the weekend, and Welsh Conservative shadow economy minister, Paul Davies MS, called on Mark Drakeford to condemn the comments.
At FMQs, Davies said:
“The Welsh Government instead turns its attention to party politics and fighting with the UK Government, and a fight that has sunk so low in the gutter this week that the deputy leader of the Labour Party now resorts to name calling. So, First Minister, will you join me in condemning Angela Rayner's use of the word 'scum'?”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said he would not have used that language and would "talk to her later", however, despite over half a million people in Wales voting Conservative at the last general election, Wales’ First Minister refused to condemn the comments.
Commenting outside the chamber, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for the Economy, Paul Davies MS:
“Once again, Labour’s Welsh Leader and Corbyn ally has shown his true colours and refused to stand up against the vicious hard left in his party.
“Today, in one breath, Mark Drakeford is calling for better intergovernmental relations, yet in the next he refuses to condemn such divisive language that plunges our politics into the gutter.
“At a time when the country is trying to pull together to recover from Covid, the last thing we need is the deputy leader of the Labour Party calling people 'scum' and Wales’ First Minister refusing to show leadership by condemning her remarks.
"Over half a million people in Wales voted Conservative at the last general election and it’s time we made politics better – the First Minister should be setting an example and apologise for the insulting comments made by Angela Rayner that will have offended so many people in Wales.”