First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has just announced his plan to resign in the Autumn. In his speech at the Welsh Labour Party Conference in Llandudno, Jones announced that he would be resigning as Leader of the Welsh Labour Party and as First Minister of Wales. Jones has been in office since 2010. In his speech he said that he has resigned in order to be able to spend more time with his family. Jones will be staying on as a backbench AM.
Reasonably popular in Wales, Carwyn Jones had recently been facing an inquiry into bullying in the Senedd and the death of Carl Sargent. On the 18th April the Assembly voted against releasing the resulting report.
Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn thanked Jones for his “tireless” work in the Assembly.
Possible replacements include current Finance Minister Mark Drakeford, Health Minister Vaughan Gething, Welsh Language Minister Eluned Morgan and Counsel General Jeremy Miles.
by Megan Thomas