A life in politics- Institute for Government

In January, Bridgend AM and former First Minister Carwyn Jones was interviewed by the Institute for Government in London as part of their Ministers’ reflect series. Past interviewees have included Jack Straw, David Laws, Alan Johnson, Lord Heseltine, Dominic Grieve, Alan Duncan, Nick Clegg, Ken Clarke and Stephen Crabb to name but a few.

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Mr Jones said “The interview was not just a reflection of my time as the former first minister but spanning the majority of my political life. The questions ranged from where it all began in 2000 when I became a minister for the first time through to how I have adapted to life on the back benches.”

Mr Jones added ” I was also asked about my proudest achievement. After some careful consideration I said that it would have to be the 2011 referendum, when we got primary powers for the Assembly, because so many things flowed from that, particularly the Human Transplantation Act, which means that more people are alive – literally – in Wales because of that legislation. We could not have done that without having won the referendum in 2011; for me that was a crucial turning point in Welsh politics.”