New Welsh Secretary, Stephen Crabb, has spoken of the “whirlwind” of his first few days in office.
The Preseli Pembrokeshire Conservative MP was appointed to the role of Welsh Secretary on Tuesday. One of his first decisions in office was to ditch the chauffeur driven Jaguar used by his predecessor.
“The car is only used to travel between meetings in London, there are much cheaper ways of doing that,” saidMr Crabb.
“Jaguars are lovely cars but this is a decision about resources. When we are having to make difficult decisions about public spending there is no justification for using it just for London.”
On Wednesday and Thursday Mr Crabb was straight into meetings, in Westminster and the Senedd where he met the First Minister and other assembly members.
“One of the reasons the Prime Minister has put me where I am is to get those relationships up and running,” he said.
“We need the UK and Welsh governments working together. We are not going soft on the Labour government and will ask the important questions about health and education but we need to have a good working relationship,” he said.
On Friday Mr Crabb took part in his first cabinet meeting which, after the Malaysia Airlines tragedy,he described as "sombre, business-like and an eye opener.”
In his first week in office Mr Crabb’s facial hair has garnered almost as much attention as his politics.
“Everything from political newspapers to GQ have been interested in the beard,” he said. “Nobody can remember a Conservative cabinet member with a beard. Apparently the last one was the Earl of Onslow in 1905, although I have no intention of growing one on his scale.
“Paige at Todaro's in Haverfordwest does a good job of keeping it nice and trim. I saw her on Saturday but I’m not sure she realises how much attention the beard has had.”