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The First Minister (Welsh: 'Prif Weinidog') is the leader of the Welsh Assembly Government, Wales's devolved administration. When initially set up under the Government of Wales Act 1998, the title was known as First Secretary (in Welsh Prif Ysgrifennydd), as Wales was given a less powerful assembly and executive than Northern Ireland and Scotland. This was also attributed to the fact that the Welsh term for First Minister, Prif Weinidog, also translates as Prime Minister, so a different title was chosen to avoid confusion with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Contemporary Welsh Law is a term applied to the body of primary and secondary legislation generated by the National Assembly of Wales, according to newly devolved authority granted in the United Kingdom parliament Government of Wales Act 2006. ... English law is a formal term of art that describes the law for the time being in force in England and Wales. ... Schematic of court system for England and Wales The United Kingdom does not have a single unified judicial system—England and Wales have one system, Scotland another, and Northern Ireland a third. ... The National Assembly for Wales (NAW or NAfW) (Welsh: ) is a devolved assembly with power to make legislation in Wales. ... This is a list of Measures of the National Assembly for Wales. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales performs a similar function to that of the Presiding Officer in the Scottish Parliament, ie. ... Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Baron Elis-Thomas of Nant Conwy, AM, is a UK politician from Wales. ... The National Assembly for Wales is composed of 60 members known as AMs or assembly members (in Welsh: ACau or Aelodaur Cynulliad). ... National Assembly for Wales constituencies and electoral regions were first used for the Welsh Assembly election, 1999. ... 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The Houses of Parliament, as seen over Westminster Bridge The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom and British overseas territories. ... The Welsh Office building in Whitehall, London The Welsh Office was a department in the Government of the United Kingdom with responsibilities for Wales. ... The post of Secretary of State for Wales came into existence in October of 1964, the first incumbent being Jim Griffiths, MP for Llanelli. ... Peter Gerald Hain (born February 16, 1950, Nairobi, Kenya) is a British Labour Party politician, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Wales. ... To see the list in alphabetical order see the categories UK Parliamentary constituencies and UK Parliamentary constituencies (historic). ... This is a incomplete list of Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (or its predecessors) for the years to 1987, and a complete list of Acts passed from 1 January 1988 to the dissolution of Parliament on 11 April 2005. ... Wales has elections to four tiers of government: 22 unitary local authorities, the National Assembly for Wales, the United Kingdom Parliament and the European Parliament. ... Margaret Thatcher James Callaghan David Steel BBC Election 1979 Titles The United Kingdom general election of 1979 was held on May 3, 1979 and is regarded as a pivotal point in 20th century British politics. ... The UK general election, 1983 was held on June 9, 1983 and gave the Conservatives and Margaret Thatcher the most decisive election victory since that of Labour in 1945. ... 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Established 1952, as the Common Assembly President Hans-Gert Pöttering (EPP) Since 16 January 2007 Vice-Presidents 14 Political parties 8 Committees 22 Last election June 2004 (785 MEPs) Meeting place Brussels and Strasbourg Secretariat Luxembourg and Brussels Website europarl. ... Wales is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... Wales has elections to four tiers of government: 22 unitary local authorities, the National Assembly for Wales, the United Kingdom Parliament and the European Parliament. ... The European Assembly Election, 1979, was the first European election to be held in the United Kingdom after the European Community (EC) decided to directly elect representatives to the European Parliament. ... The European Parliament Election, 1984 was the second European election to be held in the United Kingdom. ... The European Parliament Election, 1989 was the third European election to be held in the United Kingdom. ... 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The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) (Welsh: Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru, LlCC) is the executive body of the National Assembly for Wales, consisting of the First Minister and his Cabinet. ... This article is about the country. ... The Government of Wales Act, 1998 (1998 c. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II... The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is, in practice, the political leader of the United Kingdom. ...


This change of title occurred after the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition government with Labour in the Welsh Assembly in October 2000. The Government of Wales Bill (2006) allowed for the post to be officially known as the First Minister and also made the First Minister the Keeper of the Welsh Seal. The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... A coalition government, or coalition cabinet, is a cabinet in parliamentary government in which several parties cooperate. ... The Wales Labour Party, also known as Welsh Labour, is the part of the Labour Party which operates in Wales. ... The National Assembly for Wales (or NAW) (Welsh: Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru) was established in 1998, following a 1997 referendum in which a small majority of voters (but not the electorate) voted in favour of the Labour Governments plans for devolution. ... The Government of Wales Bill is a bill that has been introduced into the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ...

Contents

First Secretary

Name Took Office Left Office Party Government
1. Rt Hon Alun Michael May 12, 1999 February 9, 2000 Labour Labour
Rhodri Morgan (acting) February 9, 2000 February 15, 2000 Labour Labour
2. Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan February 15, 2000 October 16, 2000 Labour Labour

The Right Honourable Alun Edward Michael (born August 2, 1943) is a Welsh politician. ... May 12 is the 132nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (133rd in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Wales Labour Party, also known as Welsh Labour, is the part of the Labour Party which operates in Wales. ... Rhodri Morgan, pictured while on an eve of poll visit during the National Assembly of Wales election in 2003. ... February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Wales Labour Party, also known as Welsh Labour, is the part of the Labour Party which operates in Wales. ... Rhodri Morgan, pictured while on an eve of poll visit during the National Assembly of Wales election in 2003. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Wales Labour Party, also known as Welsh Labour, is the part of the Labour Party which operates in Wales. ...

First Minister

Name Took Office Left Office Party Government
1. Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan October 16, 2000 May 8, 2003 Labour Labour-Liberal Democrat Coalition
2. Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan May, 2003 May 2007 Labour Labour
3. Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan May, 2007 present Labour Labour (minority)

Rhodri Morgan, pictured while on an eve of poll visit during the National Assembly of Wales election in 2003. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (129th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Wales Labour Party, also known as Welsh Labour, is the part of the Labour Party which operates in Wales. ... Rhodri Morgan, pictured while on an eve of poll visit during the National Assembly of Wales election in 2003. ... May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ... The Wales Labour Party, also known as Welsh Labour, is the part of the Labour Party which operates in Wales. ... Rhodri Morgan, pictured while on an eve of poll visit during the National Assembly of Wales election in 2003. ... May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ... The Wales Labour Party, also known as Welsh Labour, is the part of the Labour Party which operates in Wales. ...

Deputy First Minister

Name Took Office Left Office Party Government
1. Michael German October 16, 2000 July 6, 2001 Liberal Democrat Labour-Liberal Democrat Coalition
Jenny Randerson (acting) July 6, 2001 June 13, 2002 Liberal Democrat Labour-Liberal Democrat Coalition
2. Michael German June 13, 2002 May 8, 2003 Liberal Democrat Labour-Liberal Democrat Coalition

Michael German (born 1945) is leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, and Member of the Welsh Assembly for South Wales East Region. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... Jenny Randerson (born 1948) is a Welsh Liberal Democrat politician, and Member of the Welsh Assembly for Cardiff Central. ... July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... Michael German (born 1945) is leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, and Member of the Welsh Assembly for South Wales East Region. ... June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (129th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ...

External Links

[1] About the Office of the First Minister.


Sources

  • Dates are from World Statesmen and various BBC News Online articles from 1999 to 2003.

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First Minister for Wales Information (202 words)
The First Minister (Welsh: Prif Weinidog) is the leader of the Welsh Assembly Government, Wales's devolved administration.
When initially set up under the Government of Wales Act 1998, the title was known as First Secretary (in Welsh Prif Ysgrifennydd), as Wales was given a less powerful assembly and executive than Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The Government of Wales Bill, which is currently going through the Parliament of the United Kingdom, allows for the post to be officially the First Minister and would also make the First Minister the Keeper of the Welsh Seal.
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