|First Morgan government|
3rd devolved government of Wales
|Date formed||16 October 2000|
|Date dissolved||1 May 2003|
|People and organisations|
|First Minister||Rhodri Morgan|
|Deputy First Minister||Michael German (2000-2001), (2002-2003) Acting Deputy First Minister: Jenny Randerson (2002-2003)|
|Status in legislature||Majority (coalition) |
34 / 60 (57%)
|Opposition leader||Ieuan Wyn Jones|
|Outgoing election||2003 general election|
|Legislature term(s)||1st National Assembly for Wales|
|Predecessor||Interim Morgan Government|
|Successor||Second Morgan government|
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The first Morgan government was formed on 16 October 2000 by Rhodri Morgan and a was a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, it was officially referred to as the 'Coalition Partnership' . It was proceeded by the Interim Morgan Government, a Labour minority government headed by Rhodri Morgan between February and October 2000.
Rhodri Morgan became First Secetary of Wales on 15 February 2000, between February and October 2000 and headed up a minority government with 28 of the Assembly's 60 seats. The unstable nature of the then minority government was of concern and was always viewed as temporary and Labour had mooted looking for a coalition partner following their persevered poor showing in the 1999 election.
Developments quickly occurred during the autumn of 2000 culminating in Tom Middlehurst resigning as Secretary for post-16 education on 9 October claiming he could not “contemplate sitting down at the Cabinet table with the Liberal Democrats”.
The six Liberal Democrat seats was an attractive offer to Labour and following a special conference by both parties a coalition was agreed upon.
A new coalition government (officially referred to as the Coalition Partnership) was officially announced on 5 October 2000 with policy details emerging the day later. Cabinet Ministers were then appointed on 16 October and Deputies on 17 October. That government lasted until the 2003 election.
|First Minister||Rhodri Morgan||2000–2003||Labour|
|Deputy First Minister
Minister for Economic Development
|Michael German||2000–2003||Liberal Democrats|
|Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development||Carwyn Jones||2000–2003||Labour|
|Minister for Assembly Business||Andrew Davies||2000–2003||Labour|
|Minister for Culture||Jenny Randerson||2000–2003||Liberal Democrats|
|Minister for Education||Jane Davidson||2000–2003||Labour|
|Minister for Environment, Transport and Planning||Sue Essex||2000–2003||Labour|
|Minister for Finance and Local Government||Edwina Hart||2000–2003||Labour|
|Minister for Health & Social Care||Jane Hutt||2000–2003||Labour|
|Office holders given special provisions to attend Cabinet|
|Chief Whip||Karen Sinclair||2000–2003||Labour|
- Andrew Davies, Minister for Economic Development and Transport from 2002.
- Carwyn Jones, Minister for Assembly Business from 2002-03 in addition to the agriculture portfolio.
- Jenny Randerson, Acting Deputy First Minister from July 2001 to June 2002 in addition to the culture portfolio.
- Michael German, Deputy First Minister and Minister for Rural Affairs and Wales Abroad June 2002 to May 2003.
Deputy Ministers prior to the enactment of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (enactment and legal separation takes place on appointment of the First Minister, post-May 2007) are not officially part of the Government, and not in Cabinet. From May 2007, Deputy Welsh Ministers are part of the Welsh Assembly Government, but not in Cabinet.
|Deputy Minister for Economic Development||Alun Pugh||2000–2003||Labour|
|Deputy Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning||Huw Lewis||2000–2003||Labour|
|Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services||Brian Gibbons||2000–2003||Labour|
|Deputy Minister for Local Government||Peter Black||2000–2003||Liberal Democrats|
|Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs, Culture and the Environment||Delyth Evans||2000–2003||Labour|
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