32 Facts About Mark Drakeford

1. Mark Drakeford is currently the Welsh government's finance secretary and has indicated he would, in his words, continue to "deal with austerity"—which in practice means implementing the cuts the Tory government demands—if he were elected as First Minister.

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2. Mark Drakeford was a senior aide to Rhodri Morgan, the Welsh First Minister who famously claimed there was "clear red water" between Tony Blair's policies and those of the Welsh Labour administration he ran.

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3. Mark Drakeford was re-elected as the Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2016.

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4. Mark Drakeford was born and brought up in Carmarthenshire, West Wales, before moving to Cardiff more than thirty years ago.

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5. Mark Drakeford is a Welsh politician serving as First Minister of Wales and Leader of Welsh Labour since 2018.

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6. Mark Drakeford was the first to announce he would stand to replace him, and was joined by Vaughan Gething.

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7. Mark Drakeford served as Chair of the Education Committee and took a particular interest in Welsh-medium education.

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8. Mark Drakeford retained his academic post until his appointment as a Welsh Government minister in 2013.

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9. Mark Drakeford was promoted to senior lecturer in 1999, and appointed Professor of Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences in 2003.

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10. Mark Drakeford moved to Cardiff in 1979 and worked as a probation officer and a youth justice worker, including as a Barnardo's project leader in the Ely and Caerau communities.

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11. Mark Drakeford was first elected Member of the National Assembly for Cardiff West in 2011.

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12. Mark Drakeford served as Cabinet Secretary for Finance in the Jones Government from 2016 to 2018.

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13. Mark Drakeford was born on 19 September 1954 and is a Welsh politician serving as First Minister of Wales and Leader of Welsh Labour since 2018.

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14. Mark Drakeford has won the race to be the new leader of Welsh Labour and likely next First Minister.

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15. Mark Drakeford has won the race to be the new leader of Welsh Labour and likely candidate for Wales first minister.

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16. Mark Drakeford introduces himself and his support for Jeremy Corbyn after winning the Welsh Labour leadership election.

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17. Mark Drakeford started by thanking Vaughan and Eluned for their campaigns.

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18. Mark Drakeford is expected to be confirmed as First Minister on Wedensday next week after Mr Jones tenders his resignation to the Queen next Tuesday.

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19. Mark Drakeford used his manifesto to announce that he was planning to ban smoking in every town and city centre in Wales.

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20. Mark Drakeford is set to become the next first minister of Wales after winning a leadership election for the Welsh Labour party.

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21. Mark Drakeford set to become next first minister of Wales.

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22. Mark Drakeford is set to become Wales' new First Minister.

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23. Mark Drakeford is to become the next leader of the Welsh Labour party and the next leader of the Welsh.

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24. Mark Drakeford is set to become Wales' next First Minister, after he won the Welsh Labour leadership election.

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25. Mark Drakeford used to work as special adviser for Morgan, one of the most charismatic Welsh politicians of recent years, who famously advocated "clear red water" between Welsh Labour and the UK party—then led by Tony Blair.

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26. Mark Drakeford was one of the two candidates to have produced a manifesto.

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27. Under the rules of the assembly Mr Mark Drakeford must be confirmed by AMs.

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28. Mark Drakeford is the ultimate government insider—an adviser to the late former first minister Rhodri Morgan before succeeding him as the AM for Cardiff West and holding a variety of senior positions at cabinet level.

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29. Mark Drakeford is set to become Wales' next first minister after winning the Welsh Labour leadership election.

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30. Mark Drakeford will start drawing up a new-look government after being elected to become next Welsh Labour leader.

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31. Mark Drakeford succeeded Morgan as the Assembly Member for Cardiff West when the latter retired at the 2011 election.

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32. Mark Drakeford was born and brought up in Carmarthenshire, West Wales.

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