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The Right Honourable
 Hywel Rhodri Morgan 

In office
9 February 2000 – 9 December 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Deputy Ieuan Wyn Jones
Michael German
Preceded by Alun Michael
Succeeded by Carwyn Jones

In office
9 February 2000 – 1 December 2009
Preceded by Alun Michael
Succeeded by Carwyn Jones

Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Cardiff West
Assumed office 
6 May 1999
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 3,698 (13.8%)

Member of Parliament
for Cardiff West
In office
11 June 1987 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Stefan Terlezki
Succeeded by Kevin Brennan

Born 29 September 1939 (1939-09-29) (age 70)
Cardiff, Wales, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Hywel Rhodri Morgan (born 29 September 1939) is a Welsh Labour politician, who has been the Assembly Member for Cardiff West since 1999 and was the First Minister for Wales from 2000 to 2009.


Private life

Born in Cardiff, Rhodri Morgan is the son of Professor T. J. Morgan and the brother of the historian, Prys Morgan.

Rhodri Morgan was educated at Whitchurch Grammar School (merged with Whitchurch County Secondary School to become the comprehensive Whitchurch High School in 1972) in Whitchurch, Cardiff; St John's College, Oxford studying PPE; and Harvard University, where he gained an MA.

In 1967, he married Julie Edwards, now Labour MP for Cardiff North. The couple live in Michaelston-le-Pit (a village situated outside their constituencies), and are supporters of the British Humanist Association. They have a son and two daughters.

In July 2007, Rhodri Morgan was admitted to hospital where he underwent heart surgery. Even though he left hospital within the week, doctors said he would not be fully recovered for a few weeks.[1]



Early career

Before entering politics, Rhodri Morgan worked as an Industrial Development Officer for South Glamorgan County Council from 1974 to 1980. He then served as Head of the European Community's office in Wales from 1980 to 1987.


Morgan was elected as Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Cardiff West in 1987. From 1988 to 1994, he was a Shadow Environment Spokesman. He was also Chairman of the House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration (1997-1999), and Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Energy (1988-92) and Welsh Affairs (1992-1997). He stepped down from the British House of Commons at the 2001 General Election.

National Assembly for Wales

First Assembly (1999)

A committed supporter of Welsh devolution, Morgan contested the position of Labour's nominee for the (then titled) First Secretary of the Welsh Assembly. He lost to the then Secretary of State for Wales, Ron Davies. Davies was then forced to resign his position after an alleged sex scandal, whereupon Morgan again ran for the post. His opponent, Alun Michael, the new Secretary of State for Wales, was seen as a reluctant participant despite also having a long-standing commitment to Welsh devolution, and was widely regarded as being the choice of the UK leadership of the Labour Party.[2]

Michael was duly elected to the leadership but resigned a little more than a year later, amid threats of an imminent no-confidence vote and alleged plotting against him by members of not only his own party, but also Assembly groups and Cabinet members. Rhodri Morgan became Labour's new nominee for First Secretary, and was elected in February 2000, later becoming First Minister on 16 October 2000 when the position was retitled. He was also appointed to the Privy Council in July 2000.[3] Morgan stepped down from the House of Commons at the 2001 General Election.

Morgan's leadership has been characterised by a willingness to distance himself from a number of aspects of UK Labour party policy, particularly in relation to plans to introduce choice and competition into public services, which he has argued do not fit Welsh attitudes and values, and would not work effectively in a smaller and more rural country. In a speech given in Swansea to the National Centre for Public Policy in November 2002, Morgan stated his opposition to foundation hospitals (a UK Labour proposal), and referred to the "clear red water" separating policies in Wales and in Westminster.[4]

Second Assembly (2003)

Rhodri Morgan meets U.S. Ambassador Robert Tuttle on 7 October 2005 in Cardiff.

On 1 May 2003, Labour under Morgan's leadership was re-elected in the Assembly elections. Morgan managed to win enough seats to form a Labour-only administration (the election was held under proportional representation, and Labour won 30 of the 60 seats in the Assembly and the overall majority was achieved when Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM was elected Presiding Officer of the Assembly) and named his cabinet on 9 May. In that election, Labour easily took back all of the former strongholds they lost to Plaid Cymru at the height of Alun Michael's unpopularity in 1999.

In his second term, Morgan's administration continued its theme of "Welsh solutions for Welsh problems", a marked contrast to the Blairite public service reform agenda. Instead of competition, Welsh Labour emphasised the need for collaboration between public service providers.[5]

Third Assembly (2007)

Labour is the biggest party with 26 out of the 60 seats, four short of an overall majority. After one month of minority government, Morgan signed a coalition agreement (One Wales) with Ieuan Wyn Jones, leader of Plaid Cymru, on 27 June 2007. Rhodri Morgan is the first modern political leader of Wales to lead a law-making government.

As head of the civil service in Wales, Morgan's administration has been faced with a number of legal issues including an employment tribunal when the service dismissed blogger Christopher Glamorganshire in the Autumn of 2007 [6][7], and a civil court action from Christine Davies after an accusation of sexual harassment from a senior manager was ignored. Davies went on to confirm that "sexual harassment and bullying is widespread in the Welsh Assembly – and that women are intimidated by some male bosses on a daily basis". [8][9][10][11][12][13]


On his 70th birthday, 29 September 2009, Rhodri Morgan announced his intention to retire as First Minister for Wales following the Assembly's budget session on 8 December 2009.[14] Counsel General Carwyn Jones, Health Minister Edwina Hart and Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney AM Huw Lewis entered a leadership contest to elect a new Labour leader in Wales.[15] On 1 December 2009 the winner was declared as Carwyn Jones.[16]


  1. ^ "Rhodri Morgan spends night in hospital". The Guardian. 2007-07-09. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2007/jul/09/wales.devolution. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  2. ^ Guto Harri (2000-02-09). "Q&A: The Alun Michael vote". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/635987.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  3. ^ "Morgan made privy councillor". BBC News. 2000-07-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/848851.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  4. ^ "New Labour 'attack' under fire". BBC NEWS. 2002-12-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/2565859.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  5. ^ Welsh Assembly Government. "Making the Connections". http://wales.gov.uk/about/strategy/makingtheconnections/?lang=en. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  6. ^ "Sacked blogger’s taking case to tribunal". Western Mail. 2008-07-09. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics-news/2008/07/09/sacked-blogger-s-taking-case-to-tribunal-91466-21308104/. Retrieved 2008-07-18.  
  7. ^ "Free speech, huge bills?". BBC Wales. September 18 2008. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/betsanpowys/2008/09/if_you_were_born_in.html. Retrieved 2008-09-21.  
  8. ^ "Assembly boss 'serial sex pest'". Wales on Sunday. January 06 2008. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2008/01/06/assembly-boss-serial-sex-pest-91466-20317097/. Retrieved 2008-07-21.  
  9. ^ "Senior civil servant tells female she would make a good 'tarty waitress'". Daily Mail. January 08 2008. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-506651/Senior-civil-servant-tells-female-make-good-tarty-waitress.html. Retrieved 2008-09-21.  
  10. ^ "Judgement day in sex assault case". Western Mail. January 09 2008. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/cardiff-news/2008/01/09/judgement-day-in-sex-assault-case-91466-20329911/. Retrieved 2008-09-21.  
  11. ^ "'Sexual harassment rife at Assembly' - claim". Wales on Sunday. January 13 2008. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2008/01/13/sex-pest-victim-sexual-harassment-rife-at-assembly-91466-20343359/. Retrieved 2008-09-21.  
  12. ^ "Fresh review after groping case". Western Mail. January 15 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7189301.stm. Retrieved 2008-09-21.  
  13. ^ "Change urged after 'groping' case". BBC Wales. April 29 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7374248.stm. Retrieved 2008-09-21.  
  14. ^ "Morgan is stepping down as leader", BBC News, 1 October 2009.
  15. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/8286094.stm
  16. ^ "WalesOnline - News - Wales News - Carwyn Jones clinches leadership in Wales". WalesOnline website. Media Wales Ltd. 2009-12-01. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2009/12/01/carwyn-jones-clinches-leadership-in-wales-91466-25299305/. Retrieved 2009-12-01.  

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Preceded by
Stefan Terlezki
Member of Parliament for Cardiff West
Succeeded by
Kevin Brennan
National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Assembly Member for Cardiff West
Political offices
Preceded by
Office Created
Minister for Economic Development and European Affairs
1999 – 2000
Succeeded by
Michael German
Preceded by
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as First Secretary of Wales
First Minister for Wales
2000 – 2009
Succeeded by
Carwyn Jones
Party political offices
Preceded by
Alun Michael
Leader of the Welsh Labour Party
Succeeded by
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From Wikiquote

Hywel Rhodri Morgan (born September 29, 1939) is a Welsh politician and the second and current First Minister of Wales. After heading the European Community's office in Wales, he was elected as Labour MP for Cardiff West in 1987. In 1999 he was elected to the National Assembly for Wales, and became First Secretary in February 2000 after the sudden resignation of Alun Michael. He remained head of a minority administration after the 2007 election.


  • To say it is a dog's breakfast is an insult to the pet food industry.
    • James Landale, "Collected sayings of Morgan the mouth'", The Times, November 10, 1998, p. 8.
    • Comment on architectural plans for the National Assembly for Wales building.
  • Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?
    • "This is the week that...", The Times, 5 December 1998, p. 8.
    • Reply to Jeremy Paxman on BBC Newsnight when asked whether he still wanted to lead the Labour Party in the National Assembly for Wales.
      • Morgan was awarded the "Foot in Mouth" award by the Plain English Campaign on 11 December 1998 for this quote.
  • Therefore, the only thing that is not up for grabs is no change. It is fair to say that it is all to play for, except in ruling out no change.
    • Record of Proceedings, National Assembly for Wales, 15 November 2005.
    • Morgan won the "Foot in Mouth" award for a second time for this statement, which refers to changes in policing arrangements in Wales.
  • I think that Elin Jones made the point that that £450 million could have gone on health or anything else, but obviously the issue is that if you had another £450 million from somewhere else, you have got another £450 million, but what does that tell you? That is like saying, if my aunty was a bloke, she would be my uncle.
    • Record of Proceedings, National Assembly for Wales, 14 March 2006.
    • This statement was nominated for, but failed to win, the "Foot in Mouth" award in 2006.
  • I also say to all of you listening in the Chamber and outside that I feel very proud to be slipping the captain’s armband onto my shirt sleeve again today. That is why, in all humility, I ask for your assistance as we seek to do our duty here. I say to this Assembly and to the people that I am not the boss – they, the people, are the boss.
    • Record of Proceedings, National Assembly for Wales, 25 May 2007.
    • Speech after his re-election as First Minister in May 2007.

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