Fourth Morgan government

The fourth Morgan government (19 July 2007 – 10 December 2009) was a LabourPlaid Cymru coalition government led by First Minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan.

Fourth Morgan government

6th devolved administration of Wales
Morgan's fourth cabinet, c. May 2009
Date formed19 July 2007
Date dissolved10 December 2009
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
First MinisterRhodri Morgan
Deputy First MinisterIeuan Wyn Jones
Member parties
  •   Labour
  •   Plaid Cymru
Status in legislatureMajority (coalition)
41 / 60 (68%)

Opposition party
Opposition leaderNick Bourne
Legislature term3rd National Assembly for Wales
PredecessorThird Morgan government
SuccessorFirst Jones government

After the collapse of talks for a rainbow coalition between Plaid Cymru, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats, the Labour Party started talks with Plaid Cymru, reaching the "One Wales" agreement. A new cabinet was appointed on 19 July 2007.


Office Name Term Party
First Minister Rhodri Morgan 2007–2009 Labour
Deputy First Minister

Minister for the Economy and Transport

Ieuan Wyn Jones 2007–2009 Plaid Cymru
Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills Jane Hutt 2007–2009 Labour
Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson 2007–2009 Labour
Minister for Finance and Public Service Delivery Andrew Davies 2007–2009 Labour
Minister for Health and Social Services Edwina Hart 2007–2009 Labour
Minister for Heritage Rhodri Glyn Thomas 2007–2008 Plaid Cymru
Alun Ffred Jones 2008–2009 Plaid Cymru
Minister for Rural Affairs Elin Jones 2007–2009 Plaid Cymru
Minister for Social Justice and Local Government Brian Gibbons 2007–2009 Labour
Office holders given special provisions to attend Cabinet
Leader of the House

Counsel General for Wales

Carwyn Jones 2007–2009 Labour
Chief Whip Carl Sargeant 2007–2009 Labour

Junior ministers

Office Name Term Party
Deputy Minister for Skills John Griffiths 2007–2009 Labour
Deputy Minister for Regeneration Leighton Andrews 2007–2009 Labour
Deputy Minister for Housing Jocelyn Davies 2007–2009 Plaid Cymru
Deputy Minister for Social Services Gwenda Thomas 2007–2009 Labour

Retirement of Rhodri Morgan

In July 2005, Morgan announced his intention to lead the Welsh Labour party into the 2007 general election, but retire as leader of Welsh Labour and First Minister sometime in 2009, when he would be 70.[1] On his 70th birthday (29 September) he set the exact date as immediately following the Assembly's budget session on 8 December 2009.[2] Counsel General Carwyn Jones, Health Minister Edwina Hart and Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney AM Huw Lewis entered a leadership contest to elect a new Labour leader in Wales.[3] On 1 December 2009 the winner was declared as Carwyn Jones,[4] who assumed office as First Minister on 10 December 2009. Morgan remained a backbench AM until April 2011, when the third Assembly was dissolved before the general election on 5 May 2011.

See also



  1. ^ "Morgan is stepping down as leader". BBC News. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Morgan plans to step down in 2009". BBC News. 13 July 2005. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Two join race to succeed Morgan". BBC News. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Carwyn Jones clinches leadership in Wales". WalesOnline. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009.