Deputy First Minister of Wales

The Deputy First Minister of Wales (Welsh: Dirprwy Brif Weinidog Cymru) is the deputy leader of the Welsh Government, the devolved administration for Wales. The post was created in October 2000 when Mike German of the Welsh Liberal Democrats was appointed Deputy First Minister as part of a coalition government with Welsh Labour. Since the office was created, the holder has been the party leader of the junior partner in coalition with Welsh Labour.


Deputy First Minister of Wales
Dirprwy Brif Weinidog Cymru
Incumbent
office not in use

since 13 May 2011
AppointerElizabeth II
Inaugural holderMike German
Formation16 October 2000

The last holder was Ieuan Wyn Jones of Plaid Cymru who was also the Minister for the Economy and Transport. Ieuan Wyn Jones served in the office as part of the One Wales agreement between Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour between 2007 and 2011.

List of Deputy First MinistersEdit

Name Picture in office Political party First Minister Government Other office held
Michael German   16 October 2000 – 8 May 2003
Acting: Jenny Randerson
(6 July 2001 – 13 June 2002)
Liberal Democrats Rhodri Morgan Labour – Liberal Democrat Coalition Minister for Economic Development 2000-2001

Minister for Rural Affairs and Wales Abroad 2002-2003

Office not in use 8 May 2003 – 11 July 2007
Ieuan Wyn Jones   11 July 2007 – 13 May 2011 Plaid Cymru Rhodri Morgan

Carwyn Jones

Labour – Plaid Cymru Coalition Minister for the Economy and Transport
Office not in use 13 May 2011 – present

See alsoEdit