Monday, 22 June 2009

Slow Rejuvenation for Welsh Labour?

With the recent announcement of Local Government and Social Justice Minister Dr Brian Gibbons standing down as an assembly member at the next election, is Welsh Labour looking for new blood to rejuvenate its fortunes?

To date, Cardiff West; Cardiff South and Penarth; Pontypridd; and Aberavon will all be 'fresh' Assembly Members from 2011.

The First Minister has said he is likely to step down around the time of his 70th birthday in September, however, he has been urged to stay on for the sake of the Labour party (apparently he's popular, and a man of the people - suppose it depends what people you ask). He is likely to not seek re-election in 2011 in order to join his wife in retirement from main political activity.

  1. Rhodri Morgan (to retire and join his wife at home)

  2. Lorraine Barrett (to become a humanist celebrant)

  3. Jane Davidson (to move onto a new challenge for the rest of her working life)

  4. Brian Gibbons (to return to GP practice)
To be continued...


alanindyfed 22 June 2009 at 11:00  

best they disband and let Plaid take over ;-)

Anonymous 22 June 2009 at 16:30  

The only one who will be sorely missed is Jane Davidson. Rhodri is well past his sell by date and we're all sick of his man of the people act.

Anonymous 22 June 2009 at 16:31  

Nice use of humour Alan!

Stonemason. 22 June 2009 at 19:57  

I don't think Sir Emyr Jones Parry would agree with alanindyfed.

Interview at :

It seems governance in Wales might just be Alice's wonderland where the Red Queen is in charge but not in control, and her subjects are without a clue.

Shambo 23 June 2009 at 10:03  

Anyone about to sorely Jane Davidson needs therapy.

Anonymous 23 June 2009 at 17:29  

Expect some more announcements in the coming year as some Labour AM's are giving up the fight.

Expect two more members of WAG to make an announcement about 2011.

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