Commenting on the announcement made today (February 28) that David Melding AM/AC will not be contesting the 2021 Welsh Parliamentary Election, Paul Davies – Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group – said:
“It is difficult to overstate the incredible contribution David has made to the political landscape of recent years in Wales, and to the success of devolution – and of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly, including writing manifestos for the 2003, 2007, and 2011 elections.
“In his 21 years – from the very first term – as an Assembly Member, he has brought an academic’s insight, tact, reasoned argument, and wit to life and work in the Senedd, and beyond.
“David’s proposals on the Wales’ housing crisis and to end rough sleeping in Wales will be at the forefront of the Welsh Conservative manifesto for 2021; this is testament to his unwavering belief in standing up for all in our society.
“He is irreplaceable, and – I say this without fear of contradiction – one of the champions of Welsh democracy and devolution.
“I am sure that Members from across all parties will join me in thanking him for his work. He will be missed, and although I am sad not to have David on my team following the 2021 election, I am delighted that David will be further developing the Gorwel think-tank.
“He will continue to inspire students and those involved in politics to think more widely about the impact of policies, and his influence and legacy will be felt in the years to come.”