Gwent AMs get Cabinet posts in reshuffle
TWO Gwent AMs are now at the cabinet top table in the Welsh Government after first minister Carwyn Jones held a reshuffle today.
Alun Davies, AM for Blaenau Gwent, has been promoted from deputy minister for agriculture to be minister for natural resources and food.
He takes on elements of the previous job of Newport East AM John Griffiths, who moves from environment minister to minister for culture and sport.
Ministers visited Cathays Park in Cardiff yesterday to be informed of their new posts, with no serving minister or deputy minister missing out on a portfolio.
Professor Mark Drakeford has been picked from the backbenches to become health minister. He had served as chairman of the Assembly's health committee.
He replaces Lesley Griffiths, who is now minister for local government, and will oversee government business.
Carl Sargeant, who had held the transport and local government brief, is now minister for housing and regeneration.
Edwina Hart has held on to her economic portfolio and was appointed minister for economy, science and transport – meaning she will now be responsible for the results of the M4 consultation.
Huw Lewis, who is married to Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle, was moved from heritage regeneration and housing to be minister for communities and tackling poverty.
Leighton Andrews kept his role as education minister, while Jane Hutt remains minister for finance.
Gwenda Thomas was kept as deputy minister for social services while Jeff Cuthbert will continue to serve as deputy minister for skills and technology.