First Minister dismisses Westminster role rumours

There was one bit of political gossip the First Minister was keen to stamp out during his London visit: the suggestion that he might be being lined up for a Westminster role. In the New Statesman a couple of weeks ago, Kevin Maguire wrote:

Carwyn Jones, the rugby-playing First Minister of Wales, is to play a bigger role in British politics. Ed Miliband’s office recognizes that the leader of the only bit of the land under Labour rule is a reminder that the party is down but not entirely out. Some in the Labour leader’s circle would like Jones the Job in the House of Commons. The man himself, however, has other ideas and prefers to govern from Cardiff.

Which is exactly what Carwyn Jones said when the Western Mail's David Williamson and I asked him about the rumours during a conversation at the Welsh Government's London office. He laughed off the suggestion that he would even consider swapping the Assembly for Parliament:

I see being First Minister of Wales as a great honour. I certainly don't see it as a stepping stone.

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First Minister in Downing Street talks

First Minister Carwyn Jones has been holding talks with the Prime Minister and the heads of Scotland and Northern Ireland at a meeting in Downing Street