Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb to become Secretary of State for Wales

Western Telegraph: Stephen Crabb MP outside No10 Downing Street following his promotion. PICTURE: BBC. Stephen Crabb MP outside No10 Downing Street following his promotion. PICTURE: BBC.

PRESELI Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb will join the UK Government Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales, it has just been confirmed.

Yesterday (Monday) David Jones MP had confirmed that he was no longer Secretary of State following Prime Minister David Cameron’s wide-ranging reshuffle.

By Monday evening Mr Crabb was receiving congratulations on social media, with high-profile former Conservative MP Louise Mensch among those tweeting Mr Crabb to offer her best wishes on the promotion.

Mr Crabb arrived at Downing Street at 10.10am today to be handed a seat at the top table of UK Government.

He said: "It is a huge privilege to join the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales. As a government, we are ambitious for Wales and determined that Wales should be at the forefront of the UK economic recovery. I will be working closely with my colleagues in UK and Welsh government to see new opportunities created for Wales. People and businesses across Wales want to see the two governments working together effectively and delivering the investment our nation needs. I believe that Wales deserves the best and I look forward to providing a strong voice for Wales around the Cabinet table."

"I will build on the excellent work of my predecessor, David Jones, who achieved so much during his time as Welsh Secretary. He leaves a strong legacy to Wales, not least in breaking new ground in the devolution settlement by devolving tax powers to Wales. He also worked hard to secure new investment for the new nuclear power station at Wylfa, the new prison in Wrexham and reopening the Halton Curve line to connect Liverpool and North Wales by rail.


“It is a massive honour to be the first Welsh Secretary of State from Pembrokeshire since Nick Edwards in the 1980s. I have an opportunity now to work hard for the whole of Wales in the same way I have always sought to do for Pembrokeshire.


“The first priority of any MP, regardless of their position in government, is to put the needs of their constituency first and I will always do this for Preseli Pembrokeshire.”

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member, Paul Davies said: “I’m delighted to congratulate Stephen on his new appointment. He is a dedicated and hardworking MP, and his promotion to the role of Secretary of State clearly demonstrates the Prime Minister’s acknowledgment of his talents and skills.

I am privileged to work closely with him at a local level where he is fully committed to Preseli Pembrokeshire. I know that he will be an excellent Secretary of State who will be a strong voice for Wales across the Cabinet table, and of course, a huge asset to the people across the whole of our country.”

Mr Crabb, who was first elected MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire in 2005 and re-elected in May 2010, has been a Wales Office Minister since September 2012.

The former Tasker Milward pupil had previously been made an Assistant Whip following the formation of the Coalition Government.

Mr Crabb is married to Béatrice and has two young children.

 

Labour response

Commenting on the appointment of Stephen Crabb as Secretary of State for Wales, shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith MP, said: “Congratulations to Stephen Crabb on his appointment as the third Secretary of State for Wales in the last 22 months.

"It is a great privilege for anyone to be asked to serve as the Secretary of State for our country and Mr Crabb now has an equally great responsibility to break free from the ceaseless negativity that has characterised his predecessors’ attitude to Wales and the achievements of the Welsh Government.  

“I have written to the new Secretary of State today to formally offer my congratulations, but also to call on him to go into the new job with the aim of standing up for our nation, rather than indulging in politicised attacks on Wales, with the aim of winning votes in England.

"The Wales Office can play a vital role in being the voice of Wales at Westminster, but it has recently been reduced to a crude propaganda machine attacking the very country it is supposed to represent, as a proxy for attacking the wider Labour Party. Speaking from the steps of 10 Downing Street Mr Crabb has this morning pledged to ‘work hard for Wales’. I hope and trust that will be the case, and that the war on Wales might end on his watch.

“Mr Crabb shares with his predecessor a long stated scepticism about the value of devolution, calling it in the past a form of ‘constitutional vandalism’, and he will thus face legitimate questions about his commitment to the devolved settlement and his desire to take it forward. He not long ago lamented that it was no longer saleable ‘to call for the abolition of the devolved institutions’. Let’s hope he takes a more enlightened view now he’s responsible for them. A key test for Mr Crabb in this regard will be whether he supports the Silk Commission and Labour’s view that our country should have the same, ‘reserved’ model of devolved powers as those applied in Scotland.”

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12:40pm Tue 15 Jul 14

williamsmum says...

Not sure what the above comment relates to? probably an ad!
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My Congratulations to Stephen Crabb.
Good luck in your new post.
Not sure what the above comment relates to? probably an ad! ******************** ***************** My Congratulations to Stephen Crabb. Good luck in your new post. williamsmum
  • Score: -12

2:32pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Bilbo101 says...

Congratulations to Stephen Crabb, it's just a shame that many powers have been devolved to the incompetent Welsh Assembly and as a result Stephen will not have anywhere as much influence as he would have pre-assembly days. Best of Luck anyway.
Congratulations to Stephen Crabb, it's just a shame that many powers have been devolved to the incompetent Welsh Assembly and as a result Stephen will not have anywhere as much influence as he would have pre-assembly days. Best of Luck anyway. Bilbo101
  • Score: -5

5:13pm Tue 15 Jul 14

philipw says...

'The roles of the Secretary of State for......Wales have become emptied and meaningless under devolution'

Stephen Crabbe 2007
'The roles of the Secretary of State for......Wales have become emptied and meaningless under devolution' Stephen Crabbe 2007 philipw
  • Score: 17

6:57pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Welshman23 says...

Well Mr Crabb here is your must do list to start
Explain to the Prime Mminister why BPJ earns more money than him
Mr Cameron gets a Jag BPJ gets a Porsche funded by Pembrokeshire rate payers.
The pension payment to BPJ
The problems with education
Payment of expenses to Farmer Adams for 4 years.
Child Abuse
Grants fiasco in Pembroke Dock
The loss of services at Withybush.
Now you are on the top table in No10 get to grips with the local issues.
Well Mr Crabb here is your must do list to start Explain to the Prime Mminister why BPJ earns more money than him Mr Cameron gets a Jag BPJ gets a Porsche funded by Pembrokeshire rate payers. The pension payment to BPJ The problems with education Payment of expenses to Farmer Adams for 4 years. Child Abuse Grants fiasco in Pembroke Dock The loss of services at Withybush. Now you are on the top table in No10 get to grips with the local issues. Welshman23
  • Score: 27

9:03pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Flashbang says...

Welshman23
You should have added asking for a real police inquiry into the goings on at PCC.
Welshman23 You should have added asking for a real police inquiry into the goings on at PCC. Flashbang
  • Score: 11

10:23pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Gogledd says...

Yes, sadly voting for your MP is of little use these day with the devolved power to the WG.

Maybe he can get us a Space Port instead...Brawdy?
Yes, sadly voting for your MP is of little use these day with the devolved power to the WG. Maybe he can get us a Space Port instead...Brawdy? Gogledd
  • Score: 8

8:13am Wed 16 Jul 14

Bead says...

Congratulations to Mr Crabb. He's one of the few MPs I respect.
Congratulations to Mr Crabb. He's one of the few MPs I respect. Bead
  • Score: 2

8:22am Wed 16 Jul 14

teifion says...

Flashbang wrote:
Welshman23
You should have added asking for a real police inquiry into the goings on at PCC.
AND giving retrospective planning permission to people who don't have a farm hand to live in the house or shenanigins in the election processes
[quote][p][bold]Flashbang[/bold] wrote: Welshman23 You should have added asking for a real police inquiry into the goings on at PCC.[/p][/quote]AND giving retrospective planning permission to people who don't have a farm hand to live in the house or shenanigins in the election processes teifion
  • Score: 1

12:03pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Bilbo101 says...

Bead wrote:
Congratulations to Mr Crabb. He's one of the few MPs I respect.
Yes Indeed, I grew up with Stephen and he is a decent bloke. Already in his first day he has raised the issues of our health service, backing David Cameron's attacks on the Welsh NHS, and claiming Wales "shouldn't settle for second best". Whilst he certainly has less powers now that most have been transferred to the Welsh Assembly, he still has influence and I am confident that he will try his utmost to get the best deal wherever possible for Pembrokeshire and Wales as a whole.
[quote][p][bold]Bead[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to Mr Crabb. He's one of the few MPs I respect.[/p][/quote]Yes Indeed, I grew up with Stephen and he is a decent bloke. Already in his first day he has raised the issues of our health service, backing David Cameron's attacks on the Welsh NHS, and claiming Wales "shouldn't settle for second best". Whilst he certainly has less powers now that most have been transferred to the Welsh Assembly, he still has influence and I am confident that he will try his utmost to get the best deal wherever possible for Pembrokeshire and Wales as a whole. Bilbo101
  • Score: 5

2:35pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Gogledd says...

I just hope he doesnt suddenly become a career politician and a yes man.
I just hope he doesnt suddenly become a career politician and a yes man. Gogledd
  • Score: 6

8:38pm Wed 16 Jul 14

teifion says...

Bilbo101 wrote:
Bead wrote:
Congratulations to Mr Crabb. He's one of the few MPs I respect.
Yes Indeed, I grew up with Stephen and he is a decent bloke. Already in his first day he has raised the issues of our health service, backing David Cameron's attacks on the Welsh NHS, and claiming Wales "shouldn't settle for second best". Whilst he certainly has less powers now that most have been transferred to the Welsh Assembly, he still has influence and I am confident that he will try his utmost to get the best deal wherever possible for Pembrokeshire and Wales as a whole.
hope he does something bout bryn and the MANY misdeameanours there
[quote][p][bold]Bilbo101[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bead[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to Mr Crabb. He's one of the few MPs I respect.[/p][/quote]Yes Indeed, I grew up with Stephen and he is a decent bloke. Already in his first day he has raised the issues of our health service, backing David Cameron's attacks on the Welsh NHS, and claiming Wales "shouldn't settle for second best". Whilst he certainly has less powers now that most have been transferred to the Welsh Assembly, he still has influence and I am confident that he will try his utmost to get the best deal wherever possible for Pembrokeshire and Wales as a whole.[/p][/quote]hope he does something bout bryn and the MANY misdeameanours there teifion
  • Score: 2

8:40pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Welshman23 says...

Welshman23 wrote:
Well Mr Crabb here is your must do list to start
Explain to the Prime Mminister why BPJ earns more money than him
Mr Cameron gets a Jag BPJ gets a Porsche funded by Pembrokeshire rate payers.
The pension payment to BPJ
The problems with education
Payment of expenses to Farmer Adams for 4 years.
Child Abuse
Grants fiasco in Pembroke Dock
The loss of services at Withybush.
Now you are on the top table in No10 get to grips with the local issues.
Thank you for your likes another 150 likes and I become a councillor.
Interesting meeting at the Kremlin tomorrow with BPJ on the agenda again.
[quote][p][bold]Welshman23[/bold] wrote: Well Mr Crabb here is your must do list to start Explain to the Prime Mminister why BPJ earns more money than him Mr Cameron gets a Jag BPJ gets a Porsche funded by Pembrokeshire rate payers. The pension payment to BPJ The problems with education Payment of expenses to Farmer Adams for 4 years. Child Abuse Grants fiasco in Pembroke Dock The loss of services at Withybush. Now you are on the top table in No10 get to grips with the local issues.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your likes another 150 likes and I become a councillor. Interesting meeting at the Kremlin tomorrow with BPJ on the agenda again. Welshman23
  • Score: 0

9:13pm Wed 16 Jul 14

seaveiw says...

Congratulations Stephen hope you can work closely with the Welsh Government and sort out Pembrokeshire Council too many failures under the administration of the current chief executive.
Congratulations Stephen hope you can work closely with the Welsh Government and sort out Pembrokeshire Council too many failures under the administration of the current chief executive. seaveiw
  • Score: 0

7:54pm Thu 17 Jul 14

chizy says...

Gogledd wrote:
I just hope he doesnt suddenly become a career politician and a yes man.
Hey Gogledd,check out
theyworkforyou.com
and then decide if its 'become' or 'already'.
Don't know the guy and hold nothing against him personally, just the party he represents. And no, I'm not a Labour voter. I'm just a 45 year old bloke who grew up in Milford and saw the kicking it got from the Tories when it was already down. I'm sure the goodwill towards Mr Crabb is with good intent but as far as him doing more for Pembrokeshire as Secretary of State of Wales, not convinced.
He'll do what boys from the Bullingdon Club in Westminster tell him.
Most of us will be fed up with the soundbite "its down to the Labour controlled Welsh Assembly and therefore out of my control" as soon as the summer recess is over.
Totally disillusioned with the flipping lot of them.
Thank whatever you believe in for the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire to keep us sort of sane because out there is totally bonkers.
[quote][p][bold]Gogledd[/bold] wrote: I just hope he doesnt suddenly become a career politician and a yes man.[/p][/quote]Hey Gogledd,check out theyworkforyou.com and then decide if its 'become' or 'already'. Don't know the guy and hold nothing against him personally, just the party he represents. And no, I'm not a Labour voter. I'm just a 45 year old bloke who grew up in Milford and saw the kicking it got from the Tories when it was already down. I'm sure the goodwill towards Mr Crabb is with good intent but as far as him doing more for Pembrokeshire as Secretary of State of Wales, not convinced. He'll do what boys from the Bullingdon Club in Westminster tell him. Most of us will be fed up with the soundbite "its down to the Labour controlled Welsh Assembly and therefore out of my control" as soon as the summer recess is over. Totally disillusioned with the flipping lot of them. Thank whatever you believe in for the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire to keep us sort of sane because out there is totally bonkers. chizy
  • Score: 2

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