A fellow Brecon and Radnorshire constituent contacted me on Twitter to say that he would be voting for Chris Davies in the by-election on Thursday.
Mr Davies is the Conservative candidate who was recently convicted of faking expenses claims. There was a petition of recall which was signed by twice the number of people needed, and a by-election was called. Mr Davies caused this election by his own criminality.
But my correspondent said he will vote for the criminal anyway, because Mr Davies persuaded Powys Health Board to carry out a life-saving operation on his son, when the Liberal Democrat AM – Kirsty Williams, whose responsibility this should have been (healthcare being a responsibility devolved to the Welsh Assembly), did nothing.
It’s a fair reason. And I note that the health board did act on the demands of a Westminster MP in this extreme case – but that does not mean that Jane Dodds would have any influence on wider issues if she were elected, as she insists on claiming.
But before we all decide that Tories aren’t so bad after all, let’s have a look at Mr Davies’s voting record, shall we?
A friend on Facebook has been looking into this and has managed to produce this information about his votes on military action, defence, policing, legal matters, fire and rescue
• Davies voted to cut the police budget by 1.7 per cent for 2018-19 (from the previous year) – he has cut the effectiveness of the police.
• Davies voted against a motion to accurately record assaults on police officers and to ensure police officer numbers and funding are not further reduced. He’d previously also voted against supporting real-terms protection for the police budget and against a funding settlement for the police that would maintain frontline services and not compromise public safety.
• Davies voted against making the possession of Corrosive Substance or Dangerous Knifes while on Mopeds or Motorbikes an aggravated offence (aggravated offences attract harsher sentences) – he does not consider acid attacks to be a serious offence.
• Davies didn’t bother to vote on a bill that would ratify a European convention aimed at preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence – he supports violence against women.
• Davies voted to reduce regulations surrounding the possession, making or trading of certain types of high velocity rifles.
• Davies voted to support military action, specifically airstrikes, in Syria – he is a warmonger.
• Davies voted against a motion proposing a full independent UN-led investigation into alleged violations of international humanitarian law in the conflict in Yemen; and against calling on the Government to suspend its support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces in Yemen until it has been determined whether they have been responsible for any such violations – he supports profiteering at the cost of human lives.
• Davies voted against requiring the Government to adopt the continued participation of the UK in the European Arrest Warrant in relation to people suspected of terrorist offences as a negotiating objective in the withdrawal negotiations with the EU – so terrorists are welcome in the UK, as far as he’s concerned.
• Davies voted against requiring the Secretary of State to establish an inquiry into allegations of data protection breaches committed by or on behalf of national news publishers and other media organisations, as recommended by Lord Justice Leveson for Part two of his Inquiry – your information isn’t safe, thanks to Mr Davies.
• Davies voted against requiring Companies House and Other bodies to Identify Beneficial Owners of Companies on Formation (Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill)
• Davies voted against creating a public register of beneficial ownership information for companies and other legal entities outside of the UK that own or buy UK property, or bid for UK government contracts (Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill)
• Davies voted to require that the strike ballot threshold for key Fire & Rescue Service Workers be raised to 40% for strike action to be legal.
• Davies voted to require that the strike ballot threshold for Border Security Workers be raised to 40% for strike action to be legal.
• Davies voted against calling on the Government to reduce overcrowding and improve safety in Prisons – our prisons are powderkegs because of him.
The support for crime and opposition to the police speaks for itself. Put it together with the warmongering and profiteering from the harm caused by war and we see a very nasty character indeed.
While the help he provided to one constituent is worthy of acknowledgement, it does not wipe out the huge harm to many others that he has supported.
Would you vote for the man who has done these awful things?
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