Saturday, 30 June 2007

Lord West of Barry?

Wayne David isn't the only MP involved in last year's coup against Tony Blair to be rewarded with a job in Gordon Brown's new Government.

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami, who also signed the letter urging the last PM to quit, gets a job as an assistant Government whip, although the Downing Street website says he'll be unpaid - Gordon Brown's commitment to an expansion of volunteering made flesh!

Two of the most senior Welshmen in government stay where they were - David Hanson at the new Ministry of Justice and Kim Howells at the Foreign Office.

Kevin Brennan moves from a silent role as a whip to the new Department for Schools, Children and Families - he's likely to have more influence on schools, children and families in England than he is on his own constituents in Cardiff West, where decisions are taken by the Welsh Assembly Government.

There's a new Welsh voice on the government benches in the Lords.

The former First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Alan West GCB DSC (I hope I haven't left anything out) gets an important job as Security Minister - and will get a peerage to go with his first political job.

Let's hope this Barry boy remembers his roots when choosing his title for the House of Lords.

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