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Rhodri Morgan says Leighton Andrews true to Rhondda constituency

Former politician and first minister Rhodri Morgan said the first priority for assembly members priority should always be to their constituency while trying to balance responsibility as a government minister.

He was speaking after the resignation of Education Minister Leighton Andrews on Tuesday evening.

Mr Andrews quit after a row over his defence of a school in his Rhondda constituency which faced closure under his own surplus places policy.

Mr Morgan said Mr Andrews received a "yellow card" from the first minister for his stance on health service shake-up in south Wales and then a "red card" for his stance on the school threatened in his area.

Mr Morgan said Mr Andrews enjoyed campaigning over local issues with constituents, and the last time he spoke to him, he he told him "first and foremost I'm a Rhondda assembly member".

Reshuffle after Andrews resignation

  • 26 Jun 2013
  • From the section Wales