World News – GB – Gwent MS Mark Reckless joins anti-devolution party


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GWENT MS Mark Reckless has changed political allegiance once again, joining a party bent on abolishing the Welsh Parliament

South Wales East MS, which was elected for Ukip in 2016 and then defected in favor of the Tories, then the Brexit Party, announced that it had joined the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party.

Announcing this decision, M Reckless said: “The Brexit Party has achieved its goal now that we are properly leaving the European Union

“Before dissolving the Brexit Group in the Welsh Assembly (Senedd), we interviewed all registered party supporters to ask them what they wanted for the future Two-thirds of them wanted the abolition and end of decentralization

« So I join the Abolish The Assembly Party in helping to give those opposed to decentralization a proper voice in Welsh politics

« Deconcentration has so far only been one way, with more and more devolved powers Now they even impose a border with England Next year we might see income tax go up fair in Wales with new powers  »

M Reckless was elected to Ukip’s regional list in 2016, but left the party in April 2017 to join the conservative Senedd group. He left the group in April 2019 and the following month formed a new Brexit Party group in the Senedd, as group leader

He also changed allegiance as an MP In 2010 he was elected MP for Rochester and Strood as a Tory, but defected to Ukip in September 2014, triggering a by-election

He was re-elected in November, but lost his seat in the 2015 general election

A by-election need not be called when a member state changes parties

M Reckless becomes the second member of the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party, after MS Gareth Bennett from South Wales Central joined the party in June

Party leader Richard Suchorzewski said: « This move by Mark in joining us shows that abolishing means business It also marks the end of an era for Welsh Brexiteers who have successfully accomplished what they had initially planned to do For them, their mission is over, for us, the journey has only just begun  »

He added: « 2021 will be the most important Welsh election in a generation and for Mark to join the team, with his vast experience, will be of great benefit to the party and the country as a whole. »

The Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party has said it has no plans to change its name despite the Assembly being officially renamed the Welsh Parliament in May

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