RESHUFFLE! Well, sort of.


You should always reshuffle your cabinet on a nice, Spring day when the sun is shining, a good time for a fresh start - or so said an adviser to Carwyn Jones a few months ago.

Mind you , he also said the First Minister believes his cabinet should be given two full years to prove themselves.

It is a nice Spring day.

First official tweet:

New Health Minister - Mark Drakeford. Surprise reshuffle, perhaps. No surprise at all in who take over at health. So much for the argument that said Lesley Griffiths was "the safest cabinet member of all" because the First Minister could not be seen to admit to a weakness in that brief or all. Will she get a job? FM low on women in his cabinet if not.

Best unofficial tweet care of @mikeparkerwales: "Just as well they don't use white smoke to announce the Welsh Govt reshuffle or they'd have to film it in England."

We have the answer: Lesley Griffiths stays in the cabinet as Local Government Minister. Another big portfolio. Out of the frying pan into the fire?

An unofficial suggestion that the former Local Government Minister, Carl Sargeant goes to Housing.

We're being told the reshuffle is a 'restructure' as well but that doesn't mean a huge change in personnel.

Another official tweet: Gwenda Thomas remains Deputy Minister for Social Services - not the time for change as she steers through the Social Services bill.

16 03

#reshuffle is trending on Twitter ... in Cardiff. Not sure what exactly that tells you.

16.16 Janice Gregory remains Chief Whip ... and Edwina Hart arrives at Cathays Park. Our colleagues standing outside report "no cheery wave".


No cheery wave but Edwina Hart still has her job - and more. She is now Minister for Economy, Science ... and Transport is back in the brief. But Business? Where's that gone?


The unofficial suggestion that Huw Lewis leaves Housing proves right. He will now be in charge of Communities and Tackling Poverty. Both he and Edwina Hart - former leadership contenders - survive then. Carl Sargeant does indeed go to Housing and Regeneration and is "very pleased". It is, he says, a vote of confidence in him from the First Minister.

So: Education, Education, Education?


It's Leighton Andrews. Despite the many rumours that a new job would be carved out for him - Business and Budget seemed the favourite - he stays put to forge ahead with, if not finish, what he started.

So on a fine spring day - it's more fine tuning than anything else, though Carwyn Jones will hope his refreshed cabinet will get its message across with renewed vigour - and more success.

Jane Hutt stays in charge of finance, John Griffiths stays too but takes over as Minister for Culture and Sport. Should we start calling this a mini-reshuffle - or simply the day Carwyn Jones sacked hisHhealth Minister? What will the more ambitious AMs on Labour's backbenches call it we're starting to wonder?

You'll find the changes to the cabinet in full here.

Betsan Powys Article written by Betsan Powys Betsan Powys Former political editor, Wales

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    Comment number 19.

    So will the 'new broom' still farm out sick babies from N. Wales to Nicholson's deadly hospitals?

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    Comment number 18.

    You obviously have not had experience of the NHS lately then. The service is poor at best and the support services are not any better. Wales is slowly drowning and our politicans are pulling up the ladder rather than throwing out the life vests. Devolution has not been the resounding success that we were promised unless you are a politician that is. The economy should be a priority.

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    Comment number 17.

    If CJ thinks moving LG out of the firing line in NWales East will protect Lab interests in NWales he is mistaken, the hope is MDrakeford who is a competent acedemic and former advisor to Rhodri will not face same lambasting from SWales electorate as there will not be the same issues on Wales NHS service delivery in the the South where a lot of these services are anyway.

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    Comment number 16.

    Sadly, the reality is that CJ has a very shallow sea of talent through which to trawl, which is why he keeps landing all sorts of detritus. I wonder how much bigger Edwina's office desk will become this time round? Another sorry day for Wales.

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    Comment number 15.

    Betsan you say that "L Andrews stays put to forge ahead... " Do you mean that another incompetent Minister is left in place to continue his efforts to destroy the Welsh Education?
    As for L Griffiths why has she been rewarded for failure?
    Where is the fresh blood - why does CJ continue with the failures many of whom have been Ministers for 15 years?

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    Comment number 14.

    It has shown today that this WAG we have cannot even keep a smallish airport going despite direct marketing in the airlines country, when asked to comment they said 'no comment', which is even less than the normal ,'we are aware of it', or , 'we will comment in due course', a typical response from a WAG hopelessly out of its depth but wont admit it.

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    Comment number 13.

    Devo frontline payroll 60 AMs £50,000 basic a year.

    Assembly about 40 million a year. It's your money.

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    Comment number 12.

    If our Carwyn "the fox" Jones is able to oversee an unelected body managing Anglesey, why not recruit the best in the field to oversee our NHS, or any other body for that matter, the result could be as successful as politicians say the Anglesey experiment has been.

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    Comment number 11.

    Nothing changes; the problem of the Assembly remains.....lack of quality.

    I have one small question; Leighton Andrews is minister for Education and Welsh Language. No mention of Welsh Language; has his brief changed?

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    Comment number 10.

    A kind of RESHUFFLE ! Well sort of....Spot on Betsan.

    What with Mark, Carl and John "doing their thing", while Leslie and Edwina strutt their stuff and "shake those tail feathers" (!)


    Courtesy of the Scene Club (Canton) with Amen Corner. Bob and Earl (Harlem Shuffle) et al, way back in the late 60's

    Ahhh Betsan, you should have been there girl !

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    Comment number 9.

    ... is it time to leave the Titanic ?

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    Comment number 8.

    This change of ministers wouldn't be linked to the recent press release from the Welsh NHS Whistleblower regarding Hywel Dda Health Board and their patients information being released to an undergraduate research student and her university...the University of Kent would it? The Minister and her office response and no action was unacceptibe. ICO and WAO are now investigating.

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    Comment number 7.

    So how does this work then? You get moved from a job, I assume because your not hitting the mark.
    But then you get given another job.
    Isnt that just going to be merry-go-round effect, with no real improvements gained? You still have the same skill base, but doing differnt things?

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    Comment number 6.

    Silk purse...sow's ear, deckchairs...Titanic, Shuffle...pack full of jokers...etc.etc

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    Comment number 5.

    I's sure that this is BIG news in Llandaff,whilst the rest of us YAWN. What difference will this make,as the old and TIRED ideas will prevail,and just wait until the real cuts in public spending start to bite. Clearly the health minister in in the middle of mass changes has been SACKED,whilst her BOSS who agreed to changes stays and grins!! .The post of Chief Whip is great rubbish invented!!

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    Comment number 4.

    You shake around a cup of loaded dice, they are still loaded dice, they just end up in differant places.

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    Comment number 3.

    So the previous Health Minister was useless then was she. So Businesses are put on the back burner to simmer quietly away without support at a time we need more help for them. Where is Jane Hutt.

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    Comment number 2.

    I'm struggling to get a handle on this, what has changed other than the names on the doors? Not any policies surely?

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    Comment number 1.

    Just rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic!


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