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New cabinet positions announced as Mark Drakeford reshuffles Welsh Government after election success

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Climate change, new green jobs and recovery from the pandemic will be at the heart of the new Welsh Government, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said as he reveals his new Cabinet team.

It comes as Labour won 30 of the 60 seats in the Welsh Parliament in last week’s election. Two-thirds of the new Cabinet are women.

In a surprise move, former Health Minister Vaughan Gething is promoted to Economy Minister, with Ken Skates moving to the backbenches.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that this is to focus on strengthening Welsh Labour in North Wales in preparation for next year’s local government elections and the next UK Parliamentary election. His role will also be to strengthen Labour links between North Wales and North West England.

The First Minister said: “Ken has been a real strength in Cabinet and a voice for North Wales. He will continue speaking up for North Wales and for Welsh Labour but in a different role. We will miss his energy and passion.

“Vaughan becomes Economy Minister at a crucial point in time – the pandemic is not just a public health emergency but also an economic one.”    

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Vaughan Gething is appointed Economy Minister in the post election reshuffle

The new climate change ministry will bring together the environment, energy, housing, planning and transport portfolios, led by Julie James. Lee Waters becomes Deputy Minister for Climate Change.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The environment will be at the heart of our decision-making. The climate change emergency has not gone away while we have been dealing with the pandemic.

“Wales is a beautiful country with immense natural assets, which will help power our recovery and create the jobs of the future.

“In my new government, the environment doesn’t just have a seat at the Cabinet table, it will be a consideration in all we do.”

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Dawn Bowden joins the government as Deputy Minister for the Arts and Sport in the economy portfolio. She also becomes the Chief Whip.

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Lesley Griffiths becomes Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales and Trefnydd.

Eluned Morgan becomes Minister for Health and Social Services, with a specific focus on NHS recovery and the pandemic response.

Lynne Neagle becomes Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing. Lynne is the former chair of the Senedd’s Children, Young People and Education Committee who has championed children’s and young people’s mental health. Julie Morgan remains in her role as Deputy Minister for Social Services. 

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Jeremy Miles becomes Minister for Education and the Welsh Language, overseeing the introduction of Wales’ new curriculum and the biggest ever catch-up programme in schools. Mick Antoniw returns to the Cabinet as Counsel General designate and Minister for the Constitution.

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Jane Hutt becomes Minister for Social Justice and Hannah Blythyn becomes Deputy Minister for Social Partnership.

Rebecca Evans retains the post of Finance Minister but, with important local elections just a year away, adds local government to her portfolio, bringing an important element of continuity to the new Cabinet.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The new Cabinet is ready to get to work to set Wales on the path to recovery out of this long pandemic, which has cast such a shadow over all our lives.

“There will be challenges ahead of us – the pandemic is a public health and economic emergency with long-lasting impacts on all our lives – but this is a talented and committed team, determined to make a positive difference to Wales and for Wales.

“We will use all our efforts and energies to create a stronger, fairer and greener Wales, where no one is held back or left behind.”

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The new Welsh Labour Government

Mark Drakeford – First Minister
Mick Antoniw  – Counsel General designate and Minister for the Constitution
Rebecca Evans – Minister for Finance and Local Government
Vaughan Gething – Economy Minister
Dawn Bowden – Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, and Chief Whip
Lesley Griffiths – Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd
Jane Hutt – Minister for Social Justice
Hannah Blythyn  – Deputy Minister for Social Partnership
Julie James – Minister for Climate Change
Lee Waters  – Deputy Minister for Climate Change
Jeremy Miles  – Minister for Education and the Welsh Language
Eluned Morgan – Minister for Health and Social Services
Julie Morgan  – Deputy Minister for Social Services
Lynne Neagle – Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing


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