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Several people who have worked for the Welsh Conservatives in recent years told us they had little or no interaction with her during their time working for the party. Ms Davies also advertises her services as a hypnotherapist to private clients. WalesOnline has spoken to five people who have worked for the Welsh Conservatives in a variety of roles over the 13 years that Mr Davies has employed his wife. Some occupied ificant jobs in the party machinery and all people interviewed said they did not have as much interaction with Mrs Davies as you would expect for someone who was PA to the party leader at the time they worked there.
If I search my memory somebody may have mentioned that she works for Andrew but never had any contact with her. I worked in the Senedd for some time and you do get s from staff working for other members. To not have had an from someone in years would me strange, especially if they are the PA for the most senior person in the party. A third member of staff said they had come across Julia Davies, and she definitely had done some work, but that it was not "as much as you would expect" for the PA to the leader of the group. They said: "I spoke to her on the phone on occasion and came across her at the odd event.
I would be wrong to say that I never came across her. But I would not say I came across her as much as you would expect for someone who is the PA for the leader of a group. Mr Davies told us that his wife's role was indispensable to him and that as a dyslexic he struggled to use computers.
He said: "Before the coronavirus pandemic I hadn't turned on a desktop computer during the whole of this Assembly term [which began in ]". According to the Senedd, the job specification for a personal assistant or researcher role typically includes:. Maintain an appointments diary for the member, arranging cancelling appointments, meeting and greeting visitors as required.
Develop effective relationships and work collaboratively with colleagues from different service areas across the National Assembly. Develop good working relationships with your counterparts in other UK legislatures, with the research community and with policy officials. One of the Welsh Conservative staff who spoke to WalesOnline said that you would expect to hear from PAs more than the members themselves.
You would have more contact with them than a member. One source told WalesOnline that Mrs Davies' Senedd address was not regularly used and had ly had to be reactivated after it was dormant for an extended period of time. WalesOnline sent several s to her and did not receive a response until after we asked for a comment for this story. When we contacted Mr Davies for comment he said that his wife had been on annual leave over that period.
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You can up to the WalesOnline politics newsletter here. As well as being a full time PA and researcher, Mrs Davies was also running her own business as a hypnotherapist. The business appears to be based from an office space in the centre of Bridgend. According to her website her "therapy is tailored according to personality, needs and preferences, to make ificant positive changes within a relatively short period of time.
This enables control of anxiety levels resulting in a calmer, more confident approach to all situations. It adds: "My background includes a career as a midwife, as well as raising a family. Later in life I graduated with an honours degree in psychology and decided to further my interest in that area due to a strong belief that psychotherapeutic and hypnotherapeutic techniques can alleviate many problems.
The website claims Mrs Davies can treat 28 different ailments including: anger management, anxiety, depression, exam stress, fear of flying, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, low self-confidence, public speaking, sleep problems, stress, stuttering and weight loss.
When WalesOnline ed Mrs Davies' hypnotherapy business to enquire about availability she replied within 30 minutes. Mrs Davies' business also has a Facebook which has been running since at least August It has had fairly regular posts over the past three years including inspirational quotes from Nelson Madela. Mr Davies is correct to say that the website says there are only evening appointments. However, this appears to have been changed since WalesOnline contacted him for comment when it claimed her availability was "flexible".
When approached for comment, Mr Davies said that the comments from people who spoke to WalesOnline were political motivated ahead of an internal party ballot for the Welsh Conservative South Wales Central regional list. He said: "Julia does not work out of the Senedd and instead works from the regional office and home, which given the occupancy of Senedd offices in a working week would be a pattern replicated by most other constituency and regional staff employed by members from any political group.
Up until Covid I hadn't turned on a desktop computer during the whole of this Assembly term. He added that the statements from the Welsh Conservative insiders who spoke to us were "untruthful". That's nothing to do with me but the hard work and commitment of all of my staff, past and present.
The office that Mrs Davies works from is not on the bustling high street you might expect. It is actually in a wooden cabin 50 yards beyond a vehicle security barrier on a rural farm estate. Two years ago the Western Mail's chief reporter Martin Shipton went to visit the office and found it unoccupied. You can read the full story here.
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