Today, Assembly Members will vote on a motion of no confidence in the Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns MP, following a motion tabled by the Plaid Cymru group in response to the UK Government’s decision to reject the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
Speaking ahead of the debate, Simon Thomas AM and Plaid Cymru shadow cabinet secretary for energy, climate change and rural affairs said,
â€œThe decision not to go ahead with the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon was a vote of no interest in Wales by the UK government so we believe that the National Assembly for Wales should come together and join in a vote of no confidence in the Secretary of State for Wales.
“This week, Westminster sent a very clear message to us that theyâ€™re not interested in the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, tidal energy in Wales or in the cross-party and wide business case put forward for energy in Wales.
“We need to send a message back. We donâ€™t believe in Westminsterâ€™s way and we want our resources to be used in a way that will benefit Walesâ€™s people and economy.
“The Secretary of State is nothing more than Westminster’s voice in Wales and his role is now redundant. That is why Plaid Cymru’s motion calls for the position to be scrapped and replaced by a more equal and representative Council of Ministers.
â€œThe vote today will also be a test for the Labour Party who will have an opportunity to prove where do their loyalties truly lie – with the people of Wales or with Westminster.â€�