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Drakeford triggers contest to replace him as First Minister

13 Dec 2023 1 minute read
Mark Drakeford has confirmed he will step down as First Minister in March. Photo Ben Birchall/PA Wire

First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced he is standing down as Labour leader, triggering the contest to find his successor.

The 69-year-old Labour politician, who has been Wales’ leader since December 2018, said he hoped his replacement could be in place before Easter 2024.

At a news conference in Cardiff, he said: “In the meantime, I will remain as First Minister in the full sense of that job.”

Poll ratings

He has suffered a slump in poll ratings and has come under fire for policies including the widespread use of 20mph limits on Welsh roads.

A YouGov poll of 1,004 Welsh voters for ITV Cymru Wales and Cardiff University earlier this month found his popularity is at an 18-month low, with 56% believing he is doing a bad job of being First Minister.

Mr Drakeford was first elected to the Senedd in 2011 as the Member for Cardiff West.

He served in various ministerial roles from 2013 under the leadership of Carwyn Jones, before succeeding him as First Minister and Welsh Labour leader in 2018.


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Sean Thompson
Sean Thompson
2 months ago

No matter what your opinion of him is (and I think that he has, overall, done a pretty good job) it’s almost certain that whoever replaces him is going to be markedly worse. Drakeford’s successor is likely to be further to the right and much more subservient to Starmer and the London/Westminster party machine men. The clear red water is likely become increasingly muddy and take on a blueish (or red white and blueish?) tint.

Richard E
Richard E
2 months ago
Reply to  Sean Thompson

Left, Right or Centre !

Who cares.

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