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Mark Drakeford nominated to remain First Minister by Welsh Senedd

Mark Drakeford nominated to remain First Minister by Welsh Senedd

Welsh Labour Leader Mark Drakeford has officially been nominated to be First Minister of Wales following last week's election win for Welsh Labour.

The nomination by his colleague Rebecca Evans reconfirmed his position as First Minister (subject to Royal Assent) which he had held before the election. No challenges were made to his confirmation during what was the first meeting of the Senedd since the election.

Last week, Labour won 30 of the 60 seats in the Senedd. While one seat short of an official majority, Welsh Labour is expected to govern on its own without any coalition.

Following his nomination in the Senedd, Mr Drakeford said;

"This Welsh Labour Government will go on tackling coronavirus in the careful and cautious way we have done – by following the science and protecting the most vulnerable in our communities.

"And we will lead Wales into a recovery that builds a stronger, greener and fairer future for everyone – no one will be held back and no one will be left behind.

"I make this important pledge to the Senedd today in the very first session of this new term.

"I will lead a Welsh Labour Government.

"But we will govern in a way that seeks out consensus and will take on board new and progressive ideas – from wherever they come."

To see which party won in which area in the Senedd election, check our Election Centre.

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