Assembly Members have congratulated Mark Drakeford following the announcement on Thursday 6th December that he had won the campaign to lead the Labour Party in Wales, including Vale of Glamorgan AM Jane Hutt and South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies.
Jane Hutt played a leading role in the campaign, supporting Mark Drakeford in the contest to become Leader and First Minister of Wales, being the first senior Labour politician to say he would be ‘a blessing for Wales’ due to his experience, integrity and intellect.
Jane Hutt and Mark Drakeford served together on the former South Glamorgan County Council and were colleagues in their working lives. Before entering front line politics, Mark Drakeford was a probation officer and worked for Barnados in Ely before academic appointments in Swansea and Cardiff University where he was appointed Professor of Social Policy. Seconded to the Welsh Government he was Chief Special Adviser to Rhodri Morgan for 9 years.
He was elected to the Assembly in 2011 serving as Chair of the Health and Social Services Committee before being appointed as Health and Social Services Minister and is currently Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Brexit.
Jane Hutt is one of many AM’s to congratulated Mark Drakeford in his new role including former Welsh Coservatives Leader and South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies.
Andrew RT Davies released a statement via his Facebook page which said “He’s a graduate of Latin and that tormented me rotten thro9ughout school so I hope that’s not a bad omen, but cAongratulations to the new Welsh Labour Leader Mark Drakeford AM.”
“Our politics are poles apart but he’s a thoroughly decent man. I wish him well”
In a statement sent to Bro Radio Jane Hutt said: “It was a privilege to lead Mark Drakeford’s campaign to become the Leader of Welsh Labour and our next First Minister. On Thursday, Mark Drakeford said he wanted Wales to be ‘a beacon of hope in a darkening world’ and I believe he is the right person to take us through the very uncertain and challenging times.”
“I was proud to welcome Mark to the Barry Community Garden to launch his courageous and constructive manifesto. Mark Drakeford is a courageous person of principle and purpose which will be good for Wales.”