Wales politics

'Outrage' after Stephen Crabb misses Commons debate for Tory lunch

Stephen Crabb

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb "disrespected" MPs by missing a Commons debate to attend a Conservative party lunch, a fellow Welsh MP has said.

MPs were told Mr Crabb could not attend the St David's Day debate on Wales because he had "parliamentary business elsewhere".

But guests at a Conservative Women's lunch in Bexley tweeted photographs of Mr Crabb.

A Wales Office spokesman said Mr Crabb attended the closing speeches.

Labour MP Wayne David said it was "outrageous" Mr Crabb had missed the debate and a London reception hosted by First Minister Carwyn Jones.

He added: "I am flabbergasted. That is so disrespectful to the Welsh national day and to the first minister. It's outrageous."

A Wales Office spokesman said: "It is very common for junior ministers to respond to backbench debates and the secretary of state was there for the closing speeches".

When asked about the "parliamentary business elsewhere", the Wales Office said it would not discuss the secretary of state's diary.

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