Welsh Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford hints at leadership bid

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Welsh Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford has signalled he would consider standing as the next First Minister when the vacancy arises.

In an interview with Welsh language magazine Golwg, the Cardiff West AM says he will have to “think” about a leadership run once Carwyn Jones calls it a day. But he does emphasise there is no vacancy.

Carwyn Jones became Welsh Labour leader in December 2009 and it has been widely assumed he would like to remain in post for a decade. But this is the first time a senior Labour figure has publicly discussed his term of office.

Carwyn Jones has been under considerable pressure following the death of Carl Sargeant but told ITV Wales earlier this week he’d like to be First Minister when Wales formally leaves the EU in March next year.