Posted: Thu 6th Dec 2018

Mark Drakeford elected new Welsh Labour leader

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Dec 6th, 2018


Campaign Advert

Mark Drakeford has won the race to be the new leader of Welsh Labour and candidate for Wales first minister.

Three candidates, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething and Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Minister Eluned Morgan were all vying for the position in an election to replace Carwyn Jones who has led Welsh Labour since 2009.

Mark Drakeford the Cardiff West AM won 56.6% of the vote after the contest went to a second round, Vaughan Gething came second with 43.4%

Jones announced his intention to resign at the Welsh Labour conference in Llandudno in April 2018, he stated that he will stand down in autumn 2018, and as such he will continue to lead the party until then.

During a visit in October to Coleg Cambria in Northop while campaigning Mr Drakeford announced that – as First Minister – he would appoint a Minister for North Wales to address the ‘disconnect’ with the South.

He said: “I recognise there has always been some sense of disconnect between the North and the South. As First Minister I would appoint a Cabinet Secretary from North Wales as a Minister for North Wales and they will have the full machinery of government behind them.

I will ask that person to explore what more can be done to strengthen the bonds between the North and South, by considering an idea developed by Ian Lucas, MP for Wrexham.”

Mr Drakeford said the North Wales Minister will chair a standing committee of the Cabinet, to meet regularly in North Wales.

He was backed for the leadership role by Alyn and Deeside AM Jack Sargeant and Delyn AM Hannah Blythyn.

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Paul Davies AM, said:

 “I congratulate Mark Drakeford on his election as Labour Leader in Wales. They have a huge task ahead of him in solving the problems our nation is experiencing after decades of failure from successive Labour-led governments.

People across the country are crying out for change but I fear that the result of this election is simply going to give us more of the same. 

While Mark Drakeford has a mandate to lead from the Labour Party, he has no mandate to lead from the Welsh people; only a Welsh Assembly election will provide an opportunity for the public to endorse, or otherwise, his plans.”

 

Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: [email protected]
Latest News

  • Flintshire Council issues nearly 100 fines to parents over their child’s absence from school
  • Jade’s Law passes ahead of Parliament’s dissolution ahead of general election
  • Welsh Ambulance Service risk not being able to fully respond to terror attack due to handover delays

  • More...

    Flintshire Council issues nearly 100 fines to parents over their child’s absence from school

    News

    Jade’s Law passes ahead of Parliament’s dissolution ahead of general election

    News

    Welsh Ambulance Service risk not being able to fully respond to terror attack due to handover delays

    News

    Health chiefs apologise for long A&E waits in North Wales

    News

    Police arrest two youths on suspicion of drug offences in Flint

    News

    Ofgem confirms 7% Energy Price Cap drop from July to September

    News

    Deeside food giant pledge to donate one million meal to Fareshare

    News

    Plans for Flintshire log cabins rejected over countryside impact

    News

    Calls to abandon tourism tax defeated in Senedd debate

    News