Changes have been announced to the Welsh Cabinet today following last weeks Senedd elections in Wales.
Mark Drakeford was sworn in as first minister earlier today following his re-appointment to the role yesterday.
It was announced today that Ken Skates would be leaving his cabinet post as Minister of Economy, Transport and North Wales to focus on his Chirk and the north Shropshire border constituency. His post will be taken up by Vaughan Gethin, who leaves his role as Health Minister. Mr. Gething’s high profile role will be taken by Eluned Morgan.
Paying tribute to Mr. Skates, Mark Drakeford said the cabinet would miss Skates “energy and passion.”
Mr Skates said: “Being re-elected as Member of the Senedd for Clwyd South is a huge honour. It has been a privilege to work with constituents over the last ten years to improve and champion our area, and I will continue to work as hard as I possibly can.
“Clwyd South has always remained my number one priority, and my decision will enable me to spend more time in the constituency, focusing on local matters, as well as further strengthening the Party’s position in North Wales and further afield.
“I will continue to be a loyal supporter of First Minister Mark Drakeford and our Welsh Labour Government from the back benches.”
Jeremy Miles was named as new Minister for Education after former minister, Kirsty Williams, failed to hold her seat in last week’s elections. Mr. Miles said:
“I am absolutely over the moon to have been appointed Minister for Education and the Welsh Language. A really exciting time to take up the reins, and a hugely ambitious agenda to deliver, together.”
Laura Doel, director of the school leaders’ union NAHT Cymru, called on the new minister and the Senedd to work to work with them to focus on NAHT Cymru’s manifesto priorities of wellbeing, funding, accountability, curriculum reform and additional learning needs (ALN). Laura said:
“We hope the new minister will make working with the profession his top priority, and sit down with the trade unions as soon as possible to discuss covid recovery and the education reform agenda.
“The profession cannot be held to a pre-covid timeline for the new curriculum and ALN reform, when recovery and the wellbeing of learners and staff must take centre stage. We are all keen to embark on the reform journey, but we must be in the right place if it is to be successful.”