Welsh Labour leadership: Mark Drakeford set to be Wales’ first minister

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Mark Drakeford is the new leader of Welsh Labour

Mark Drakeford is set to become Wales’ next first minister after he won the Welsh Labour leadership election.

The AM for Cardiff West gained 53.9% of the vote, but only after the contest went to a second round.

He will replace Carwyn Jones at the helm of the Welsh Government when he stands down next week.

Vaughan Gething came second with 41.4% of the overall vote after the second round, while Eluned Morgan came third.

Deputy Welsh Labour leader Carolyn Harris revealed the election result at the Cardiff Principality Stadium on Thursday, after a contest that lasted eight months.

Mr Jones announced in April he would step down by the end of 2018 – he has been in the job for nine years.

In his acceptance speech Mr Drakeford said: “The choice that I believe has been made today is a choice for a Labour Party that is ambitious for a distinctive Wales in a successful United Kingdom.

“For a Labour Party here in Wales which will do everything we can to make sure that we have a Labour government in Westminster to work with a Labour government here in Wales.”

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