David Jones removed as Secretary of State for Wales in "brutal" reshuffle


Suzanne Jordan

THE SECRETARY of State for Wales has been removed from office following David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle.

David Jones, conservative Clwyd West MP, who will now return to the backbenches, expressed that it had been a “huge privilege” to serve as Secretary of State and that he will look forward to continuing to support this “transformational” government.

Mr Jones took the helm of the Wales Office in 2012. He is poised to be replaced by his deputy Stephen Crabb.

Dozens of ministers were axed on Monday in what has been termed a “brutal” cabinet reshuffle. Notable moves and new appointments include Michael Gove, who was demoted from running the education department to Chief Whip, William Hague who stood down as Foreign Secretary and Philip Hammond, who left the Ministry of Defence to become foreign secretary.

The reshuffle also saw the end of Ken Clarke’s lengthy ministerial career.

Mr Jones said: “I’m particularly pleased in North Wales of the work I did in connection with Wylfa, in connection with the prison, and in connection with the continuing work of electrification.

“I’ve feel I’ve achieved a great deal and it’s been a massive privilege to do the job. For any politician to get to sit at the cabinet table is a great honour and also I will now continue to serve the constituents of Clwyd West who at the end of my day are my first concern.”

Mr Jones, who is married to Sara who is a former nurse, and has two children, expressed that he felt a lot of people weren’t aware how tiring the job was.

He added: “It’s going to be a huge pleasure to spend a bit more time with my long-suffering wife, who has been a huge support to me.”

Speaking about Mr Jones’s deparature, Steve Brooks, director of the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) Cymru, said: “Whilst David Jones was never the biggest fan of devolution, he did play an instrumental role in strengthening the National Assembly through introducing the Wales Bill in Parliament.

"His successor will need to maintain this momentum and ensure the Bill is passed in good time before the General Election."

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