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Glyn Davies AM
"I did not want to get in the truck with dirty trousers because I use it for other purposes."
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Friday, 3 December, 1999, 13:40 GMT
Trousers incident was 'trivial' - Hague
sheep Mr Davies had been transporting sheep in a lorry

Conservative leader William Hague saw the funny side of an incident involving a leading Welsh Tory who drove a lorry-load of sheep without his trousers on.

Mr Hague was quizzed about the incident involving Assembly Member Glyn Davies - a farmer - during a visit to Wales on Friday.

Mr Davies was stopped by police for having a faulty tail light when he climbed out in his underpants, wellington boots and jacket.

The AM for Mid and West Wales had fallen in manure on his farm in Berriew, mid Wales, while driving his lambs to an abattoir in nearby Newtown on Sunday evening.

Glyn Davies AM Glyn Davies AM: Embarrassed by trousers incident


Mr Hague laughed about the incident during a visit to Wales to see for himself the National Assembly.

"Everybody can make light of these trivial things," he said.

"The Assembly will be judged by what it delivers and whether it does actually serve the interests of the people of Wales.

"People will be discerning enough to know whether it really does that, rather than judge it by these amusing little examples of what goes on."

Mr Davies responded light-heartedly to the earlier reaction to the incident.

"I got out of my vehicle wearing only my wellies, jumper and underpants," Mr Davies told BBC Wales.


I got out of my vehicle wearing only my wellies, jumper and underpants...I don't know if they knew I was an Assembly Member
Glyn Davies, AM


"What the policeman said to me was 'you have a light out on your vehicle, sir. But as far as crimes go, it is not a very big one so you had better move on'," said Mr Davies.

"I don't know if they knew I was an Assembly Member.

"I had to take my trousers off because they were covered in farmyard manure.

"I slipped when I was loading the sheep up.

"I did not want to get in the truck with dirty trousers because I use it for other purposes."

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: "Policemen are trained to deal with unexpected situations and I am sure they would have taken this incident in their stride.

"We hope it did not cause any embarrassment to Mr Davies."

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