Welsh Government reshuffle

The Welsh Government announces a surprise reshuffle of the Cabinet. Cardiff West AM Mark Drakeford enters the Cabinet for the first time, taking over from Lesley Griffiths as Health Minister.

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  1. Nick Powell

New role for key ally

John Griffiths has a reputation as Carwyn Jones' most loyal ally in cabinet so it's no surprise that he is remaining at the top table. He followed the First Minister into the role of Counsel General before gaining the environment brief from which he has now been reshuffled to culture and sport.

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Royal College of Nursing 'pleased' with Mark Drakeford appointment

The RCN in Wales is very pleased with the appointment of Mark Drakeford AM as the new Health and Social Care Minister. These are very challenging times facing the health service in Wales.

The RCN has had a productive relationship with Mark Drakeford in his previous role as Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee and we look forward to building on this during his time in office.

We look forward to meeting with the Health Minister in the near future, welcoming him and we would urge him to listen carefully to the concerns of the nursing workforce on improving our health care delivery system.

We wish Lesley Griffiths AM all the best in her new role as Minister for Local Government.

– Tina Donnelly, Royal College of Nursing in Wales
  1. Adrian Masters

'Bad luck, I'm back' says reappointed Education Minister

Leighton Andrews' joke to reporters as he left Welsh Government HQ was 'bad luck I'm back!' Those in charge of running schools and universities might well think that. He's been one of the most active and most confrontational ministers in the government in dealing with severe problems in that area.

It was rumoured that he'd be taking on a business and finance role but this reappointment shows that his long term battle with education chiefs is far from over.

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  1. Adrian Masters

Reshuffle halfway there

Carl Sargeant's move to Housing and Regeneration is a sideways move but to a job with significant challenges and some major legislation to see through.

His appointment brings the tally to 5 ministers plus First Minister, 1 Deputy Minister and the Chief Whip. That's 7 (Chief Whip doesn't count towards the total) out of a limit of 12 ministerial positions allowed in the cabinet.

  1. Adrian Masters

Huw Lewis: ex-rival, now insider

Huw Lewis' reappointment means that Carwyn Jones has kept both of his former leadership rivals in his cabinet and it's easy to forget what a remarkable turnaround that state of affairs is for the Merthyr AM.

Before the leadership campaign he'd been seen as a critic of the Welsh Labour leadership and a troublemaker. His reappointment shows that he's now seen as a safe pair of hands and although the move may seem a sideways one it's to an area of policy he's always been vocal about.

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