Paul Davies AM will demand that Carwyn Jonesâ€™ successor as First Minister of Wales call an early Assembly election, at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham today.
Following this autumnâ€™s Welsh Labour leadership contest, all of the parties represented in the Assembly will have a different leader than at the 2016 elections â€“ something the Welsh Conservative leader believes merits a new mandate from the people of Wales.
The Preseli Pembrokeshire AM will say:
â€œWhoever emerges as the next First Minister, this much is clear. The people should have the opportunity to have their say. You will have no mandate to govern the people of Wales. Only an Assembly election will give you that.
â€œSo Iâ€™m calling on the wannabee leaders of the Welsh Labour Party to commit to give us that election. We Welsh Conservatives are ready for the fight for the future of our precious nation.â€�
Mr Davies will also:
- warn the new leader of Plaid Cymru, Adam Price, against propping up another Welsh Labour Government and listen to the message sent to him from his party members
- highlight the failures of nearly two decades of Welsh Labour rule, citing falling standards on education and worst-on-record health performances despite â€œthe realityâ€¦that for every Â£1 spent on hospitals and schools in England, Wales receives Â£1.20.â€�
- criticise Welsh Labour for their drawn-out leadership contest, labelling it a â€œlong goodbyeâ€�, and the credentials of Carwyn Jonesâ€™ potential successors
On the issue of the new leadership of Plaid Cymru, Mr Davies will tell the UK Party Conference:
â€œI have a message for Adam Price. The people of Wales are crying out for a change of Government in Cardiff Bay. Prop up another Labour administration at your peril!
â€œThe message is clear – we will never agree on everything, but where we can, letâ€™s work together in the interests of the people of Wales to deliver the change Wales needs.â€�