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On July 17th, Leader of the Opposition, Paul Davies MS (Con, Preseli Pembs.), reshuffled his Shadow Cabinet ahead of next year’s Senedd election and also to take into account the recent passing of Mohammad Asghar.
- Andrew RT Davies MS (Con, South Wales Central) – Shadow Health Minister
- Nick Ramsay MS (Con, Monmouth) – Shadow Finance Minister
- Janet Finch-Saunders MS (Con, Aberconwy) – Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment & Rural Affairs
- Russell George MS (Con, Montgomery) – Shadow Economy Minister
- Darren Millar MS (Con, Clwyd West) – Shadow External Affairs Minister; Chief Whip
- Mark Isherwood MS (Con, North Wales) – Shadow Local Government & Housing Minister
- Suzy Davies MS (Con, South Wales West) – Shadow Education & Welsh Language Minister
- Laura Anne Jones MS (Con, South Wales East) – Shadow Minister for Equalities, Children & Young People
- Angela Burns MS (Con, Carms. W. & S. Pembs.) – Shadow Minister for Government Efficiency
Commenting on the reshuffle, Paul Davies said: “Now is the right time to set out the shape of a new Shadow Cabinet to take us into the next Welsh Parliament election. Alongside a brand-new role for Angela Burns, I have sought to give most of my team new opportunities and new challenges, so we make the most of the next ten months.”
Angela Burns – who announced her intension to stand down next May – has been put in charge of developing policies to reform government and public sector administration, with a focus on reducing waste and inefficiencies.
She said: “Shadowing Health during Covid-19 has demonstrated to me that radical solutions can be found and public service delivery can be better when there is the impetus and drive for change. I want to harness the best ideas to make sure we have a more resilient, efficient and dynamic public sector in Wales.”
Update: David Melding MS (Con, South Wales Central) resigned from the shadow cabinet on September 9th 2020 following the publication of the UK’s Internal Market Bill, which he believes puts the future of the Union at risk.