Wales politics

Tory assembly leader Andrew RT Davies's shadow cabinet

Conservative assembly leader Andrew RT Davies has included two new posts in his shadow cabinet.

He appointed a deputy leader and a member with special responsibility for north Wales.

All but one member of the 14-strong Tory group, deputy presiding officer David Melding, have been given policy portfolios.

Mr Davies was elected as the Conservatives' leader in the assembly last week.

He chose his defeated rival, Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay, as his shadow business minister.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies, who stood in as interim leader during the leadership election, is deputy leader and shadow finance minister.

Tory leader Mr Davies said he chose his Welsh-speaking deputy because "I believe we need to be representative as a group".

Mark Isherwood, the shadow housing and social justice minister, has special responsibility for north Wales.

Mr Davies said the role was created to reach out to all of Wales because "many people envisage Cardiff Bay as a bubble and they are not feeling part of that devolution process".

Angela Burns is shadow education minister and Darren Millar is shadow health minister and chairman of the cross-party public accounts committee.

Scrutinise

Mr Davies said: "This team is on the side of anyone who cares about our businesses, our NHS, our education system and our environment.

"As the official opposition it's our duty to scrutinise the Welsh Labour government, hold ministers to account, and set out a viable alternative to drive up educational standards, invest in the NHS and encourage entrepreneurship.

"We remain prepared to work with other parties in the national interest and we will listen to communities, represent their views, and deliver the policies to meet their aspirations."

The shadow cabinet, which includes every member of the group apart from Mr Melding, will meet separately from the Conservatives' weekly group meeting.

Mr Davies beat Mr Ramsay with 53.1% of the vote in a party election which had a 49% turnout.

The contest was called after former Tory group leader Nick Bourne lost his seat in May's assembly election.

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