New Welsh Secretary Simon Hart says he wants to end "political point scoring" between the UK and Welsh Governments and to usher in an era of working together.

Mr Hart, who is MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, said he believes that Conservative gains in Wales are dependant on the party delivering on the promises made during the election - including on Brexit.

Asked what he sees as the challenges facing him as Secretary of State for Wales, Mr Hart, said: "In no particular order and on the back of a very clear expression of voters, we must obviously resolve the situation that is Brexit.

Simon Hart

"We'll be voting on that on Friday.

"We're doing exactly what we said we would do, and getting on with it.

"That, as far as voters are concerned, is ticking a box."

Asked to name specific Welsh examples, Mr Hart said: "It's really important to me and to the office that we reflect and work with Welsh Government rather than just come up with things to do.

"This is about working collaboratively and cooperatively and we make the money available in normal ways for things like infrastructure and investment but accept the democratic credibility of the Welsh Government.

"My ambition is, and I think the hope of the voters, is rather than political point scoring between two different institutions, we can work together and try and deliver on the opportunities that brings."

Former chartered surveyor Mr Hart said he believed people in Wales were "throughly fed up of political stagnation" and has often had conversations why the UK and Welsh governments can't seem to work together.

He also said things like NHS funding were a priority and if money is being made available in Westminster, he wanted to see it make a difference in Wales.

Since the election, fellow Tory and Clwyd West MP David Jones said that cash from the proposed shared prosperity fund should be given directly to local councils - bypassing the Welsh Government which handles EU grant aid.

Read More

General Election 2019 results

Mr Hart said he was only 24 hours into the job and was yet to "thrash out the detail of that". However, he added: "The idea I want to use the prosperity fund as a stick to beat the Welsh Government is entirely incorrect and when I speak to Mark Drakeford, I think we'll come to the same conclusion.

"The shared prosperity fund is a good news story for Wales."

He said money coming into Wales, through either Government, was something that was bigger than "a political party or one institution".

Mr Hart was asked where he stood on devolving more powers to Wales, Mr Hart said: "Not having had 24 hours in the job I am reluctant to give you chapter and verse other than to say that we should respect elected politicians in Wales, there's no rowing back from that.

"I am not going to be the person who says we have gone too far or say we'll be drawing big black lines.

"Politics and government to me has to be and should be evolving. We should never rule anything new in or out for the hell of it.

"There will be times along the way and I am sure there will be challenging conversations but I am not here, and my role in this is to encourage investment and job certainty and everything that I can to bring growth to Wales.

"I want to do that in collaboration with the Welsh Government and not in spite of them."

In the General Election, the Conservatives made huge gains in Wales, including in seats where the party has not historically had any successes in north Wales.

We asked what he believed those constituents wanted from his party and the UK Government.

He added: "What do they expect? To use the expression, to get Brexit done. That's what I was hearing in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire and I am sure it was the same in Wrexham or Brecon or any of the other places across Wales.

"It doesn't matter whether someone voted remain or leave, they just want us to get this done.

"In some of these seats, we're very conscious that a lot of people voted for us for the first time in their lives, or their families lives.

"They did so, I suspect, quite conditionally, that unless we deliver, whether on Brexit or other policies, it would be quite easy for them to return to their traditional voting habits.

"I know the Prime Minister and others are keen to repay that confidence and trust that people have put in us".