South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said he is looking forward to “getting stuck in” to his new role – after he was appointed Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment.
Since stepping down as Leader in June – Mr Davies had held the role on a temporary basis – and has now expressed his delight at taking it on permanently.
With a background in agriculture – having been brought up on the family farm in St Hilary in the Vale of Glamorgan – Mr Davies described farming as an industry “close to his heart”.
His new role will include responsibility for the environment, rural affairs and energy – and he said he looked forward to standing up for Welsh farmers.
Mr Davies said, “I still run the family farm in St Hilary – and have two sons who want to go into the business – so I make no apologies for declaring an interest in farming and agriculture.
“It is an industry that is very important to me – but sadly farmers in Wales have been let down by the Welsh Government for too long.
“I very much look forward to getting stuck into the new brief, standing up for Welsh farmers and holding Ministers to account.”