Rhodri Morgan, the First Minister of Wales from 2000 until 2009, has died at the age of 77. The Labour politician had also been the MP for Cardiff West from 1987 and 2001 and member of the Welsh Assembly from 1999 until 2011.
Carwyn Jones, the current Welsh First Minister, said:
“Wales hasn’t just lost a great politician, we’ve lost a real father figure. In very many ways Rhodri wasn’t like other politicians, and that is why people warmed to him, trusted him and felt like they knew him so well. He was funny, clever, engaging on almost any topic and absolutely passionate about all things Welsh.
I owe him a great deal, just as we all do in Welsh Labour. He did so much to fight for, and then establish devolution in the hearts and minds of the public in our country”.
Tony Blair, the Prime Minister from 1997 until 2007, said in a statement:
“Rhodri was great company, a fund of marvellous stories and a shrewd and immensely capable politician”.
Parties have stopped campaigning today in Wales as a mark of respect to Morgan. He leaves a wife, Julie who was also a Labour MP, and three children.