Comment following annoucement of the new Welsh Labour Cabinet

Following the announcement of a new Welsh Cabinet, Welsh Labour leader and First Minister, Carwyn Jones said:

“I have today invited Kirsty Williams AM to join the Welsh Government as Cabinet Secretary for Education. Kirsty has a wealth of experience and is one of the Assembly’s most able politicians. There are areas out with the education portfolio where we have had productive discussions, but this invitation to join the Government does not constitute a coalition agreement, both of us are very clear about that – as are our parties

"Welsh Labour, of course, remains committed  to delivering on our manifesto promises made to the people of Wales."

“This is a new era for Welsh politics, and today’s agreement reflects the need for Wales’ progressive politicians to work together. I said in my statement to the Assembly this week that no one party has a monopoly on good ideas, and I am committed to working across party boundaries for the good of Wales.”

Welsh Labour chair, Donna Hutton said:

“In last week’s election we defied the odds. Thanks to the hard work of candidates, activists and staff we outperformed all expectations to win a clear mandate from the people of Wales. 

“We should all be incredibly proud of that achievement, but conscious too that our victory did not give us an outright majority. Carwyn was right when he said we must proceed, but with caution and humility. Over the coming months and years we will have to work with others who share our principles and our aims in order that we can create the fair and prosperous Wales we want.

“The inclusion of Kirsty Williams in the Cabinet is not a coalition but a reflection of the need for constructive collaboration in the fifth Assembly. This gives us the stability we need to tackle head-on the steel crisis that continues to haunt so many of our communities and the very really risks posed to our economy by Brexit.”

Shadow Welsh Secretary Nia Griffith added:

“By including Kirsty Williams in his Cabinet, Carwyn Jones has shown humility and fortitude. The fifth Assembly will require progressive parties in Wales to work together across shared priorities and values to deliver for our country.

“The new Welsh Government will start on a firm footing, and solidly placed to stand up for Wales in the face of the steel crisis and the threat of Brexit.”


Cabinet and Ministers 

Ken Skates

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

Ysgrifennydd y Cabinet dros yr Economi a’r Seilwaith


Vaughan Gething

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport

Ysgrifennydd y Cabinet dros Iechyd, Llesiant a Chwaraeon


Mark Drakeford

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government

Ysgrifennydd y Cabinet dros Gyllid a Llywodraeth Leol


Kirsty Williams

Cabinet Secretary for Education

Ysgrifennydd y Cabinet dros Addysg


Lesley Griffiths

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs

Ysgrifennydd y Cabinet dros yr Amgylchedd a Materion Gwledig


Carl Sargeant

Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children

Ysgrifennydd y Cabinet dros Gymunedau a Phlant


Jane Hutt

Leader of the House and Chief Whip

Arweinydd y Tŷ a’r Prif Chwip


Julie James

Minister for Skills and Science

Y Gweinidog Sgiliau a Gwyddoniaeth


Alun Davies

Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language

Gweinidog y Gymraeg a Dysgu Gydol Oes


Rebecca Evans

Minister for Social Services and Public Health

Gweinidog Iechyd y Cyhoedd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol

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