Following last week’s elections in Wales which saw the number of Labour and Co-operative Assembly Members jump from four to nine, several have been appointed to senior roles in the Government by First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM.
Huw Lewis, AM for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney, has been appointed as Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, having been Deputy Minister for Children in the last government; former Counsel General, John Griffiths, becomes the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Both sit in the Cabinet. Alun Davies, AM for Blaenau Gwent, is the new deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes.
Karen Wilkie, Deputy General Secretary of the Co-operative Party and Vice-Chair of Welsh Labour, welcomed the appointments, saying, “This is great news for the Co-operative Party in Wales. Last week, more Co-operative AMs were elected to the Senedd than Liberal Democrats. Now we have a strong team sitting around the cabinet table, supporting Carwyn to implement the manifestos of both the Co-operative and Labour parties.”