Wednesday, October 28, 1998 Published at 15:12 GMT
Shock and sniggers in Wales
The Welsh appear to have mixed views on Ron Davies' fate
The day after resigning as Welsh Secretary, Ron Davies is believed to have returned to Wales, although not his family home.
But should he venture back he is likely to meet a mixed reaction, veering from sympathy to glee at his downfall.
Mrs Edmonds said: "We are just so sad for the family, especially Ron's wife Chris and daughter Angharad.
"Ron has been our hard-working MP for many years and has done a lot for this area. People should show some loyalty and support for him. It's too easy to criticise him without knowing all the facts."
But Mr Davies will probably not want to visit his local pub, the Holly Bush, in an attempt to forget his problems.
Manager Dean Porter told BBC Wales the former secretary of state had not been universally popular.
"A lot of people in the community don't like him," he said. "If he was to come in here now there wouldn't be anyone sitting with him.
"The reaction when the news came through for most people in here was to laugh."
Elwin Morgan, constituency chairman said: "No-one yet really knows the full reasons for Ron's resignation and we will want to hear from him about that. But I am sure there is very strong support for Ron to continue as our MP."
Mr Morgan added: "Personally, I think it would be very sad if, after steering through Welsh devolution, Ron was not there to see the Assembly implemented."
Former political opponents are equally magnanimous, not wishing to appear to be trying to make too much capital from Mr Davies' downfall.
Sid Morgan, a Plaid Cymru councillor, said: "He was always a very active opponent but never bore personal malice. It's a double tragedy really. He was a genuine nice guy."
Caerphilly resident Nigel Brooks said: "Caerphilly is still reeling. I am disappointed at what has happened and everybody is just speculating about the real reasons behind this. The trouble is there are more questions than answers."
But Angharad Davies who led Mr Davies' successful campaign for the Labour leadership in Wales said: "There is still a lot of personal and political support for Ron in Wales after everything he has done since the general election. I don't think his resignation necessarily precludes him from playing a role."
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