The Welsh Shadow Cabinet is constituted by members of the largest party not part of the Welsh Government. Since 6 April 2017 this has been the Welsh Conservatives, and since 7 May 2021 the Leader of the Opposition has been Andrew RT Davies.

Both the Welsh Conservatives and Plaid Cymru currently refer to their own front benches as Shadow Cabinets. As of May 2021 the following speak for their respective party and question the relevant minister in plenary session.

Conservative Shadow Cabinet

Main article: Fourth Shadow Cabinet of Andrew RT Davies

Conservative Shadow Cabinet (as of 27 May 2021)
Portfolio Name Constituency Term
Leader of the Opposition

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

Andrew RT Davies MS South Wales Central 2021–
Shadow Minister for Finance
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Peter Fox MS Monmouth 2021–
Shadow Minister for Health
Russell George MS Montgomeryshire 2021–
Shadow Minister for the Economy
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Paul Davies MS Preseli Pembrokeshire 2021–
Shadow Minister for Climate Change
Janet Finch-Saunders MS Aberconwy 2021–
Shadow Minister for Education
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Laura Anne Jones MS South Wales East 2021–
Shadow Minister for Social Justice and Shadow Counsel General
Mark Isherwood MS North Wales 2021–
Shadow Minister for the Constitution and North Wales, and Chief Whip
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Darren Millar MS Clwyd West 2021–
Shadow Minister for Equalities
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Altaf HussainMS South Wales West 2021–
Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs and the Welsh Language Samuel Kurtz MS Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire 2021–
Shadow Minister for Local Government Sam Rowlands MS North Wales 2021–
Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Mid Wales James Evans MS Brecon and Radnorshire 2021–
Shadow Minister for Transport and Technology Natasha Asghar MS South Wales East 2021–
Shadow Minister for Social Services
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Gareth Davies MS Vale of Clwyd 2021–
Shadow Minister for Culture Tourism and Sport Tom Giffard MS South Wales West 2021–
Shadow Minister for Social Partnership Joel James MS South Wales Central 2021–

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet

After winning the 2018 Plaid Cymru leadership election with 49.7% of first preference votes, Adam Price installed former leadership rivals Leanne Wood (22.3%) and Rhun ap Iorwerth (28%) in high ranking positions in his shadow cabinet. He most recently updated his cabinet in a January 2022 reshuffle

Plaid Cymru shadow cabinet (as of May 2021)
Portfolio Name Constituency or
electoral region
Term
Leader of Plaid Cymru
Adam Price MS Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 2018–
Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Health and Social Care
Rhun ap Iorwerth MS Ynys Môn 2021–
Deputy Leader and Chief Whip

Lead Designated Member on the Co-Operation Agreement with the Welsh Government

Siân Gwenllian MS Arfon 2022–
Second Designated Member on the Co-Operation Agreement with the Welsh Government
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Cefin Campbell MS Mid and West Wales 2022–
Shadow Minister for Post-16 Education, Social Justice and Equalities Sioned Williams MS South Wales West 2021–
Shadow Minister for Finance and Local Government
Llyr Huws Gruffydd MS North Wales 2021–
Shadow Minister for the Economy Luke Fletcher MS South Wales West 2021–
Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Energy and Transport
Delyth Jewell MS South Wales East 2021–
Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Rural Affairs, Housing and Planning Mabon ap Gwynfor MS Dwyfor Meirionnydd 2021–
Shadow Minister for Children and Young people, Welsh Language, Culture, Sport and International Affairs Heledd Fychan MS South Wales Central 2021–
Shadow Minister for the Constitution and Justice
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Rhys ab Owen MS South Wales Central 2021–
Shadow Minister for Communities and Older People Peredur Owen Griffiths MS South Wales East 2021–

2016 Plaid-Conservative Shadow Cabinets

At the 2016 election, Plaid Cymru, led by Leanne Wood, won 12 seats to the Welsh Conservatives' 11, and thus became the largest party not in government. On 14 October 2016 Dafydd Elis-Thomas left Plaid Cymru to sit as an independent, so that Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Conservatives both held 11 seats. During this period, Wood was not referred to as Leader of the Opposition, but merely as leader of Plaid Cymru.[1] The Conservative group grew to 12 when Mark Reckless defected from UKIP to the Conservative group on 6 April 2017, and the Welsh Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies at the time, was referred to as Leader of the Opposition once more.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Record of Proceedings - 18/10/2016". Senedd Cymru.
  2. ^ "The Record of Proceedings - 02/05/2017". Senedd Cymru.