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The Cabinet is the main decision-making body of the Welsh Government.


Carwyn Jones AM

Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM is the First Minister of Wales.

The First Minister of Wales is the leader of the Welsh Government and is appointed by HM the Queen following nomination by Assembly Members.

The First Minister's responsibilities include:

  • appointing the Cabinet of Welsh Ministers, Deputy Ministers and the Counsel General (with the approval of Her Majesty) who comprise the Welsh Government
  • chairing Cabinet meetings and exercising the functions of the Welsh Government
  • leading policy development and delivery
  • managing relationships with the rest of the UK and internationally
  • representing the people of Wales on official business
  • staffing.

The official office of the First Minister is in Ty Hywel and the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. An office is also kept at the Crown Buildings in Cathays Park, Cardiff, where nearly half of all Welsh Government civil servants are based.


You can contact Carwyn Jones by email at: (We aim to provide a response to all correspondence to the First Minister within 17 working days.)

For up-to-date information from the First Minister follow the FM twitter feed or visit the Flickr photostream.