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First minister reshuffles team

Housing has cabinet status and new ministers after reshuffle by the new first minister Mark Drakeford.

Julie James becomes minister for housing and local government and a member of the cabinet with Hannah Blythyn as deputy minister for housing and local government.

Former housing and regeneration minister Rebecca Evans gets a big promotion, replacing Mark Drakeford as finance secretary and also becoming trefnydd (leader of the house).

Julie James is AM for Swansea West and was previously leader of the house and chief whip. Before she was elected in 2011, she was a leading environmental and constitutional lawyer and worked in local government in Wales and England. Her Welsh Government profile lists her as a committed green campaigner and environmentalist.

Hannah Blythyn was elected as AM for Delyn in 2016, succeeding Sandy Mewies, and was previously minister for environment. She lists housing as a particular policy interest on her Assembly profile.

Full departmental responsibilities have not yet been announced but will be updated here when available.










Cabinet in full

First Minister – Mark Drakeford

Health Minister – Vaughan Gething

International Relations and Welsh Language Minister – Eluned Morgan

Economy and Transport Minister – Ken Skates

Housing and Local Government Minister – Julie James

Finance Minister – Rebecca Evans

Education Minister – Kirsty Williams

Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Minister – Lesley Griffiths

Counsel General and Brexit Minister – Jeremy Miles

Deputy ministers

Chief Whip – Jane Hutt

Deputy Health Minister – Julie Morgan

Deputy Culture, Sport and Tourism Minister – Lord Elis-Thomas

Deputy Economy and Transport Minister – Lee Waters

Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister – Hannah Blythyn

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