Nick Bourne has run into trouble after the Welsh Tories issued a dossier – The Clown Prince of Wales – that attacked Wales’ First Minister Rhodri Morgan – partly for his appearance and hairstyle. The dossier has been widely condemned and Mr Bourne had to apologise to Mr Morgan for any offence caused. Guto Bebb, Tory candidate for the top target seat of Aberconwy, called the document "shameful" and "disagraceful".
Although Mr Bourne contributed to a press release that accompanied
the dossier he has made matters worse by later suggesting that he had
had little to do with the dossier. Not true say Welsh Tories. The BBC
reports sources claiming that Mr Bourne "signed off" the report. One
"senior Welsh Tory" told the Western Mail:
is ridiculous for him to try to distance himself from a document he was
responsible for signing off. Trying to pass the blame on to the party
is absurd. It raises big doubts about his judgement and whether he
should stay on as leader.”
Glyn Davies AM has dismissed the idea of Nick Bourne being ousted as "daft" but attention is turning to two possible successors: Jonathan Morgan and Darren Millar. Mr Bourne has a personal blog but hasn’t posted since this controversy broke.
> BBC Wales’ radio report.
> PS Apologies for the title of this post. Couldn’t resist it.