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Opposition parties in the National Assembly table a motion of no confidence in the Health Minister

2012 Gorffenaf 11 10:31 AM

The three opposition parties in the National Assembly, the Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats have agreed to table a motion of no confidence in the Labour Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, following the controversy surrounding the independence of the Case for Change report.

The three opposition parties have agreed to use the Welsh Liberal Democrat opposition time next Wednesday afternoon to debate the motion of no confidence.

The Welsh Conservative, Plaid Cymru and Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Ministers will urge the Health and Social Care Committee, on Thursday, to call on the Health Minister, her officials and Prof. Marcus Longley to answer questions before the committee next Wednesday morning.

The motion will read:

"The National Assembly for Wales has no confidence in the Minister for Health and Social Services."

Responding to cross party motion of no confidence in the Health Minister, Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

"It is regrettable that we have had to call a motion of no confidence in the Health Minister. This was not a decision we came to lightly. It is a serious step when the three party leaders of Wales come together and state that we have no confidence in the Health Minister's ability to run our NHS.

"Labour politicians constantly remind us that they 'won' the election and that they have the 'backing' of the voters but the opposition parties have the exact same number of seats as they do. We are effectively calling for her to resign and she and the First Minister should seriously consider what we are proposing."