The National Health Service in Wales is now entirely in the hands of Vaughan Gething, the Labour Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth who has been promoted tonight to Health Secretary.
Gething- a lawyer by profession and formerly Deputy Health Secretary – replaces former Health Secretary Mark Drakeford who is moved to Finance in the new Cardiff Bay ministerial line up which was announced this evening.
Vale of Glamorgan Labour AM Jane Hutt is being moved from Finance to become Chief Whip and Leader of the House.
Ken Skates becomes Economy and Transport minister,
The only surviving Liberal Democrat in the Assembly, Kirsty Williams (Brecon and Radnor) is to get the job of Education Secretary.
Williams rallied to the support of the Labour Party when it was short of sufficient seats in the Assembly to form a government. Her acceptance of her new position is subject to the agreement of her Lib Dems.
Penarth AM Andrew R T Davies who is leader of the Conservative Party in Wales said “That Kirsty Williams is now joining Labour’s magic roundabout, which she has spent the last five years railing against, is astounding and shows how elastic her principles really are.”
Yesterday Plaid Cymru announced it would also support the Labour Party – thus retaining Labour in power and enabling a Labour government to be formed for the 5th Assembly.
The Labour Party, the Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru all vehemently deny that their tri-partite arrangement is a coalition or anything like a coalition – but political observers say that, in effect, that’s exactly what it is.
Amongst other appointments Alun Davies is now the Minister for Lifelong Learning and the Welsh language.
Carwyn Jones – who after a week’s delay was finally “allowed” (Plaid Cymru’s word) to resume his seat as First Minister – said the new team would be “taking Wales forward over the next 5 years”. He said “My relentless focus, and that of my Cabinet and Ministers, will be on driving improvement in our economy and in the vital public services that the people of Wales rely on every day.”