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John Griffiths appointed new Welsh environment minister

Welsh Assembly Member for Newport East John Griffiths has been appointed Welsh Assembly Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development by first minister Carwyn Jones.

In the previous Welsh Assembly, Griffiths served as Counsel General and Leader of the Legislative Programme, he has also served as deputy education minister, deputy health and social services minister and deputy economic development minister.

Jones appointed his cabinet from a pool of Labour only ministers, after Labour won 30 of the Assembly’s 60 seats – 1 short of an overall majority.

It is expected that Griffiths will continue the work begun by the previous Labour-Plaid Cymru coalition Assembly Government, following a Welsh Labour manifesto commitment to support the target of 70% recycling by 2025, as well as a continued investment in waste infrastructure.

The Labour manifesto also pledged to introduce regulations to restrict biodegradables going into landfill, after the previous Welsh Assembly Government was awarded with powers to ban certain waste streams from landfill in the Waste (Wales) Measure.

Jane Davidson, the previous environment minister for Wales, did not seek re-election as an Assembly Member.

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