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Ex-minister's 'obituaries' joke

Leighton Andrews, who last night quit his post as Education Minister has this morning commented on the experience of seeing and hearing media coverage of his resignation.

Resignation inevitable says opposition leader

Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies has claimed that Leighton Andrews had to resign after first campaigning against a reduction in services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and then urging Rhondda Cynon Taff Council to look again at plans to close a school in his constituency.

After the failure of Carwyn Jones to endorse his Education Minister’s position during my questions to him today, it was inevitable that he had to go. The actions of the Education Minister - both over the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and now school closures - called into question not only the Education Minister’s judgement, but that of the First Minister himself.

– Leader of the Opposition Andrew RT Davies AM

Plaid Cymru's education spokesperson Simon Thomas had already called for the Education Minister to lose his role in deciding appeals against school closures on the grounds he had damaged his impartiality.

The Education Minister’s long-held position on school surplus places has been undermined by his actions and this undermines the Welsh Government as a whole. [His resignation] is the correct decision to take when collective cabinet responsibility has been abdicated and you find yourself arguing against your own policies.

– Plaid Cymru Education Spokesperson Simon Thomas AM

Successor must be credible and competent -union leader

A Welsh teaching union leader has expressed shock at Leighton Andrews' resignation and concern at the need to find an able successor at a time when Welsh education's performance is about to be tested both by pupils' exam results and by the international PISA comparisons of schools' achievements.

We are shocked by the sudden resignation of Leighton Andrews as Education Minister. Although we have not always seen eye to eye with him over education issues no one could doubt his commitment to improve the performance of the Welsh education system. Wales is now at a critical point on the path of reform and renewal. It is vital that Mr Andrews' successor is both credible, and more importantly, competent. With PISA looming, and GCSES and A level results pending, we need someone who commands the confidence of the profession and parents.

– Dr Philip Dixon, Director of ATL Cymru

Wales Office minister 'sorry' to see Andrews go

The Conservative Wales Office minister Stephen Crabb has posted on twitter his reaction to Leighton Andrews' resignation.

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Minister's resignation is 'matter of great regret' says Shadow Welsh Secretary

Leighton Andrews has been one of the most effective and committed Ministers in the Welsh Labour Government and it’s a matter of great regret that he has felt it necessary to resign due to a conflict between his role as Education Minister in the Assembly Government and as a constituency AM. However, I know Leighton will continue to represent his Rhondda constituents robustly and passionately and will remain an excellent advocate for Welsh Labour values in the National Assembly.**

– Owen Smith MP, Shadow Welsh Secretary

Andrews resignation 'catastrophic' - Hain

Former Welsh Secretary Peter Hain describes the resignation of Leighton Andrews as 'catastrophic for Welsh Labour.' Fellow Welsh Labour MP Wayne David also tweeted that he was 'flabbergasted.' Even Conservative MP Alun Cairns paid tribute to Mr Andrews.

Twitter reaction to Leighton Andrews resignation

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