Shadow Cabinet (Wales)

The Welsh Shadow Cabinet is constituted by members of the largest party not part of the Welsh Government. Since 27 June 2018, this has been the Welsh Conservatives, led by the Leader of the Opposition Paul Davies.[1]

Both the Welsh Conservatives and Plaid Cymru currently refer to their own front benches as Shadow Cabinets. As of December 2018 the following speak for their respective party and question the relevant minister in plenary session.

Conservative Shadow Cabinet

Since April 2020 the Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart, and the Leader of Monmouthshire County Council Peter Fox, have attended Cabinet to support the response to the Coronavirus outbreak in Wales.[2]

Conservative Shadow Cabinet[3]
Portfolio Name Constituency Term
Leader of the Opposition

Leader of the Conservative Party in the Senedd

Paul Davies MS Preseli Pembrokeshire 2018–
Chief Whip and Shadow Minister for External Affairs & International Relations Darren Millar MS Clwyd West 2018–
Shadow Minister for Health Angela Burns MS Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire 2018–
Shadow Minister for Finance Nick Ramsay MS Monmouth 2018–
Shadow Minister for Education and Welsh Language Suzy Davies MS South Wales West 2018–
Shadow Minister for Business, Economy and Infrastructure, and Mid Wales Russell George MS Montgomeryshire 2018–
Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills, and Faith Laura Anne Jones MS South Wales East 2020–
Shadow Minister for Social Care, Children, Young People and Older People Janet Finch-Saunders MS Aberconwy 2018–
Shadow Minister for Environment, Sustainability, and Rural Affairs Andrew RT Davies MS South Wales Central 2018–
Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government, and North Wales Mark Isherwood MS North Wales 2018–
Shadow Minister for Housing, Heritage, Culture, Tourism and Media David Melding MS South Wales Central 2018–
Temporary participant on the Local Government response to Coronavirus[2] Cllr Peter Fox Monmouthshire County Council 2020–
Temporary participant on the UK Government response to Coronavirus[2] The Right Honourable Simon Hart Secretary of State for Wales 2020–
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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 2020 reshuffle.

Plaid Cymru shadow cabinet (as of January 2020)
PortfolioName ConstituencyTerm
Leader of the Opposition

Leader of Plaid Cymru in the Senedd

Adam Price MS Carmarthen East and Dinefwr2018
Shadow Minister for Health and Finance Rhun ap Iorwerth MS Ynys Môn2020
Deputy Leader and Chief Whip

Shadow Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language

Siân Gwenllian MS Arfon 2018
Shadow Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs Llyr Huws Gruffydd MS North Wales 2018
Shadow Minister for the Economy, Tackling Poverty and Transport Helen Mary Jones MS Mid and West Wales2020
Shadow Minister for Justice and Equalities Leanne Wood MS Rhondda 2018
Shadow Minister for post-16 Education, Skills and Innovation Bethan Sayed MS South Wales West 2020
Shadow Minister for Constitutional Affairs, International Relations and Leaving the EU Dr Dai Lloyd MS South Wales West 2018
Shadow Minister for Public Service Transformation and the Future Delyth Jewell MS South Wales East 2020
Shadow Counsel General Elfyn Llwyd[4] Not elected 2018

2016 Plaid-Conservative Shadow Cabinets

At the 2016 election, Plaid Cymru, led by Leanne Wood, became the largest party not in government having won 12 seats to the Welsh Conservatives' 11. 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.[5] 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 R.T. Davies at the time, was referred to as Leader of the Opposition once more.[6]

See also


  1. "Paul Davies MS". Senedd Cymru.
  2. "Council leader will join Shadow Cabinet for duration of pandemic, party confirms". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  3. "People | The Welsh Conservative Party". Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  4. "The Shadow Cabinet". Plaid Cymru. June 2020.]]|}
  5. "The Record of Proceedings - 18/10/2016". Senedd Cymru.
  6. "The Record of Proceedings - 02/05/2017". Senedd Cymru.