Tributes are being paid to the former First Minister of Wales, Rhodri Morgan, who has sadly passed away, aged 77.
Flags at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council offices are flying at half mast as a mark of respect and a minute’s silence was held at 12.30pm on Tuesday, May 23.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Leader, Cllr Andrew Morgan has led the tributes across the County Borough, he said: “Rhodri Morgan will always be remembered as the father of devolution. His unique style of politics distinguished a Welsh direction for democracy which laid the foundations for the future development of the Assembly and devolution.
“For me, he always recognised the roots of the Labour Party and trade unionism and the radical tradition of politics as part the South Wales Valleys.
“He was someone who never lost the ability to connect with the grassroots, and that is why, not just because of his position, he became such a personal institution for Wales.
“I fondly remember campaigning with Rhodri throughout my time in politics and, from my time as a Cabinet Member, recognise the huge personal support he always offered to Rhondda Cynon Taf in the delivery of major investments such as the Rhondda Fach Relief Road and the Church Village Bypass.
“His contribution to Wales, politics and the democracy of our nation can never be underestimated. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and wife Julie during this incredibly difficult time.”
Mr Morgan was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1987 and became an Assembly Member when the Welsh Assembly was created in 1999. He became First Minister nine months later and held the post for nine years, from 2000 to 2009.
Mr Morgan, the former AM for Cardiff West, is survived by his wife, Julie, two daughters and a son.
Posted on Tuesday 23rd May 2017