Alun Cairns: His mealy-mouthed apology cannot hide the contempt in which Stephen Crabb clearly holds Wales and its people.

Can there be any doubt that Alun Cairns was told to lie about Stephen Crabb’s absence from the St David’s Day debate in Parliament?

He was at lunch with Bexley Conservative Ladies – elsewhere in London – when he should have been fulfilling his Parliamentary duties.

That demonstrates the amount of respect the Secretary of State for Wales has for his office and the people it represents.

The Conservatives are campaigning hard to win seats in the National Assembly for Wales at the election in May.

Can there be any doubt at all that, if elected, they will behave in a similar cavalier fashion?

Wales Office Minister Alun Cairns has apologised to MPs if he “inadvertently” misled them about the reason the Welsh secretary missed their St David’s Day debate.

Mr Cairns had said Stephen Crabb was away on “parliamentary business”.

But Labour MP Wayne David said photos on Twitter showed he had been at a party event – lunch with Bexley Conservative Ladies.

Mr Cairns told MPs on Tuesday he was happy to clarify the position.

Source: Minister’s apology over St David’s Day debate – BBC News

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