Mark Drakeford has accused the Prime Minister this afternoon of having tried to “show off” to northern English Conservative MPs by describing devolution as a “disaster” on Monday evening.
Addressing members of the Senedd during First Minister Question’s this afternoon, the Welsh Labour leader argued that the comments by Johnson betrayed an “old hostility” on the part of the Tories towards devolution.
He said: “Devolution thrives when there is a Labour government to support it, and devolution comes under the sorts of pressures that it is now under when we have a Conservative government – when you scratch the surface of the Conservative Party and all its old hostility to devolution rises back to the surface.
“That’s what happened yesterday when the Prime Minister thought he could show off in front of a few Conservative MPs from the North of England.
“But we have the Senedd because of the Labour Party and this Labour Party will continue to make sure that we use all of the powers that we have here.”