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 39.

    How can it be True Wales if all do is they keep hanging on to English coat tails.
    They are bit like UKIP a protest group. You can't take them serious.

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    Comment number 38.

    What makes True Wales a joke?

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    Comment number 36.

    Darwin Awards:
    Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it.
    Removing your grandchildren would qualify you for a bronze award.

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    Comment number 35.

    33.John Tyler

    Almost as many U Turns as Cameron. True Wales what a joke

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    Comment number 34.

    If you have a seriously ill baby, then you would go to 'Sick Kids' in Toronto if you could and if you thought there would be a better outcome. It's no time to worry about borders, even if the Dee becomes an international frontier.
    Demanding every DGH and cottage hospital stays open, with a general surgeon to operate on your grandchildren, puts you in line for a Darwin award.

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    Comment number 33.

    ... where indeed Indy, "Social Justice" is that

    "sound bite without substance"

    safe because it can be forgotten as soon as uttered.

    True Wales are on 'The Wales Report' on Sunday 17th March at 10.25pm, can we expect the referendum Yes campaign to explain their many U-turns since the vote ..... ?

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    Comment number 32.

    #28 North Wales has three DGHs connected by a reasonably good road. (Tourists in summer: try Cornwall, try Clacton). If Wales is going to be reasonably independent of England for NHS, it needs one big hospital in N Wales, with 2 hub hospitals. Wait for the screams and the in-fights. A&E needs trauma surgery available 24hrs, neurosurgery, orthopaedics: specialist's specialists.

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    Comment number 31.

    Where is Social Justice in new cabinet is it with Huw Lewis and LG lost another brief?

    If so her portfolio not so big now.

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    Comment number 30.

    I wonder if the CEO of Carms CC will be given his £25,000 award to the people of Carms who funded his legal cosst through Council Tax?.

    Will CJ get discount on the money for an airport which has lost another carrier?.

    Will Leanne Wood hedge her bets on wher she will stand in future elections?

    Lesley Griffiths getting LG brief but lost transport from brief before she starts, why?

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    Comment number 29.

    I thought my point was clear enough, little difference to Wales.

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    Comment number 28.

    #19 'So will the 'new broom' still farm out sick babies from N. Wales to Nicholson's deadly hospitals?'
    If you are unlucky and have a very sick baby you need a lot of specialists and advanced, expensive facilities available around the clock. This means a children's hospital or a very large university hospital with a large paeds department.
    Compassion doesn't cut it, 24-hour intensive-care might.

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    Comment number 27.


    And London under the Tories is? 'The man with the one eye is king in the land of the blind'

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    Comment number 26.

    What's the difference to Wales?

    Very little, In fact. little in Wales is very different to England. The total focus on trying to find and create differences by those at the bay, and their supporters distracts from the real job of governance and administration.
    As Indy 2010 eloquently points out, devolution is not a resounding success.

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    Comment number 24.

    Hospitals in England could be on the brink of collapse, leading doctors say.The Royal College of Physicians said the triple effect of rising demand, increasingly complex cases and falling bed numbers was causing problems.
    Poor standards
    The RCP said standards were slipping in hospitals throughout England

    While 2 wrongs don't make a right. What's the difference to Wales

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    Comment number 23.

    21 cont.
    My point is that restructuring is not a "one size fits all", in the South transport links are better if services are centralised it does not have the same effect that similar centralising has in rural and N Wales with poor transport links when accessing those services. It requires the integration of service delivery with better transport links and access to other Services at regional hubs

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    Comment number 21.

    #18 I have had experience of the Welsh NHS lately personally and immediate family, there are a lot of hardworking professionals, Doctors, nurses and support staff who provided exemplary service but that does not excuse the Welsh NHS as an organisation which is suffering what any provider of these services is suffering with increased demand, my point was the services are more prolifigate in S Wales

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    Comment number 20.

    9.John Tyler

    Why not move to your beloved England


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