Opposition politicians should work with Conservatives to form a future non-Labour Welsh Government, the Tory leader in Wales has said.
Andrew RT Davies issued the challenge at the Welsh Conservative conference in Ffos Las, Carmarthenshire.
He said the opposition’s failure to cooperate so far stopped them “unlocking progress and prosperity”.
On Friday, Mr Davies told the conference: “Beyond our own Conservative benches, there are immensely talented individuals with whom, looking ahead to the next assembly elections, I stand ready to work with to deliver the change in government Wales needs.”
He said there were “only two roadblocks that I believe stop us unlocking this progress to prosperity that Wales needs”.
“One is removing the Labour Party itself, and the other is those who acknowledge that Labour are the problem – but just can’t bring themselves to work with the Tories to do anything about it.”
Mr Davies added that it was
“all well and good talking about what change in Wales you would want, but if you haven’t got a route to get there, you’re simply shouting from the sidelines”.
Theresa May told the Welsh Conservative conference Welsh ministers had “betrayed a generation of children”.
She urged the Welsh Government to follow England’s example by setting schools free of council control.
“We know about Labour’s failures on the NHS, but their record on education is just as bad,” she said.
She said Wales scored the lowest of the UK nation in the international PISA education tests, and was the only UK nation to score below the OECD average in reading.
“Let’s not mince words,” she said. “Labour have betrayed a generation of Welsh children.”
Mrs May said the UK government had adopted some policies first introduced in Wales, such as a charge on the use of plastic bags and the presumed consent system for organ donations.
But she urged Mr Jones’s successor to “take a look at what Conservatives have achieved in school reform”.
“Look at the new curriculum which has driven up standards – with England now scoring higher in international studies,” she said.
“Look at the free schools and academies that are bringing in diverse providers to create more excellent school places and getting some of the best results at GCSE.
“Look at the transformation in technical education that we are now leading – with high-quality T-levels and new Institutes for Technology – prestigious institutions that will offer technical education and training to young people and to those already in employment.”