The Welsh Labour Government’s Education Minister Huw Lewis – who lives in Penarth with his wife and family – is standing down as an Assembly Member in April – and will not seek re-election in May’s forthcoming Assembly Elections.
As a Labour AM Huw Lewis has represented the constituency of Merthyr and Rhymney since 1999. He took over as Education Minister in the Welsh Government in 2013 where he wrestled with the problems of trying to improve primary and secondary education in Wales after devastatingly-bad international PISA tests showed schools in Wales falling behind those in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland in Maths, Reading and Science.
Huw Lewis’s wife Lynne Neagle is the Labour Assembly member for Torfaen and will be standing for re-election May .
Lewis – a former teacher – is quoted as saying “nothing is forever” and that he wanted to “spend more time with his family” and “seek fresh challenges”.
He had once hoped to become First Minister and had been a candidate for the leadership of the Welsh Labour Party in 2013.
Huw Lewis said it had been an “incredible privilege and honour” to represent the community in which he grew up – although his decision to live in Penarth, rather than in his constituency, had attracted comment.