Question Time

At the end of April I was delighted to attend a joint school councils meeting made up of school pupils from Afon y Felin School, Ysgol y Ferch o’r Sger and Corneli Primary School. The meeting took place at Afon y Felin Primary School. After brief introductions, some of the school children gave a presentation on road safety where they highlighted ongoing concerns and offered solutions. Following the presentation, I took part in a question and answer session.

I was asked what had been my greatest achievement as First Minister. In reply, I talked about bringing jobs into Wales. I highlighted the fact that unemployment is much lower, spoke about the hard work involved to keep the steelworks in Port Talbot, bringing Aston Martin to Cardiff and saving Cardiff airport. I told the school children always to remember you can achieve whatever you want.

I was asked what is the best thing about living in Bridgend County. It has to be living by the coast; all the beaches and taking my dog for a walk.

One pupil asked what I would have done as a career if I had not entered politics. I wanted to be a professional rugby player or a pilot.

I was asked what has been my favourite part of the job. It has to be meeting people and listening to their stories.

One pupil asked whether I would encourage people to follow my career path. Politics can be very tough especially with everything played out in the full glare of social media. You have to take a lot of grief and have to have very thick skin. Politics has turned nastier and people are not as courteous as they were. However alongside this, Politics can also be very rewarding.