Brexit looms large over Tory Conference following heavy English council losses

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Leader of the Opposition in the Senedd, Paul Davies AM (Con, Preseli Pembs.), told party delegates at the Welsh Conservative conference in Llangollen that Labour was to blame for problems in Welsh public services, not devolution as a whole.

He said: “Instead of playing a continuous blame game or following in the footsteps of Jeremy Corbyn, Welsh Labour should worry more about fixing the health, education, housing and transport systems which see Wales repeatedly fall to the bottom of the UK comparison tables.” The party has proposed scrapping the Welsh Baccalaureate, introducing elected Health Commissioners and introducing stricter penalties for senior NHS managers and administrators found to have overseen “serious failings”.

The conference was, nonetheless, overshadowed by faltering Brexit negotiations and heavy losses for the party in local elections in some parts of England, with the Tories losing more than 1,300 seats.

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, was heckled by a member of the Clwyd South Conservative branch: “Why don’t you resign?” The branch recently passed a no-confidence motion in her leadership.