Jo Stevens MP appointed Secretary of State for Wales

Labour MP Jo Stevens leaves 10 Downing Street in London yesterday after being appointed Welsh Secretary following the landslide General Election victory for the Labour Party
-Credit: (Image: Tejas Sandhu/PA Wire)


Jo Stevens MP has taken up her role as Secretary of State for Wales following her appointment by new Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer. Ms Stevens was elected as MP for the newly-formed Cardiff East constituency at the General Election on Thursday.

Following her appointment Ms Stevens pledged to provide a strong voice for Wales in the new UK Government and to work tirelessly on behalf of Wales and Welsh people.

Ms Stevens MP said: “It is a real privilege to be appointed to the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales and to serve in Prime Minister Keir Starmer’s first Cabinet. Wales has a crucial role to play in powering the UK’s national renewal, contributing to our energy security and the industries that will deliver a prosperous future.

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“My absolute priority is to deliver for Wales and work with the Welsh Government to stabilise the economy, drive investment and create jobs. As a result of our plans, people across Wales will share in that prosperity and we will tackle deprivation and poverty together.”

Ms Stevens added: “Under my leadership the Wales Office will once again be a steadfast advocate for Wales from within the UK Government, ensuring that Wales’s needs are prioritised, and its voice heard. I am determined to reset the relationship between the UK and Welsh Government.

"We will co-operate and work together to deliver better results for people in Wales. I am honoured to serve Wales and its people and bring about the change that our new government has promised.”

Ms Stevens has started a full programme of meetings, briefings, and visits to begin delivering the new government’s agenda for Wales.

In March as Shadow Welsh Secretary Ms Stevens called for urgent action over re-using the Wylfa site on Anglesey. She urged the then Rishi Sunak-led Conservative UK Government to "get on with delivering new nuclear power" during a visit to the dormant Wylfa site.

She made the call after the UK Government agreed to buy the Anglesey site from Hitachi. The then Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said a £160m deal had been struck with the Japanese firm for potential nuclear sites in North Wales and at Oldbury, Gloucestershire.

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