I think there must be something in the water. Politicians left right and centre are either resigning, retiring or ‘spending more time with the family’ be it in the European Parliament, Westminster or down the Bay.
The latest from the Senedd; Dr Brian Gibbons former minister for health and current local government and social justice minister has told his Aberavon constituency that he intends to step down at the next Assembly elections.
The Labour party must now know how the Liberal Democrats felt after hearing about Mick Bates; Brian Gibbons has been in the Assembly since 1999 and has been a minister for nine years - he will undoubtedly be missed by the party in Wales.
The AM for Aberavon says that he wants to return to his previous life as a GP and do some travelling before retiring completely.
As with all political retirements questions will be asked as to whether or not Dr Gibbons knows something we don’t and is therefore making his decision based on a possible Labour massacre at the next Assembly elections and over the coming years.
It is also the case with political retirements that intrigue over the successor is rife, how well does Eluned Morgan know the Aberavon area I wonder? I also wonder if Alun Davies is gutted that he announced his plans so soon?
The political scene in the bay will undergo a quiet transformation in 2011 regardless of the results – what with Rhodri Morgan, Mick Bates and Brian Gibbons departing. All senior AMs with good reputations down the bay, so who’s next I wonder?
Thoughts on the other runners and riders for early retirement / spending more time for the family / switching profession:
2/1 – Rhodri Glyn Thomas (Westminster bound)
3/1 – Gwenda Thomas
7/1 – Irene James
7/1 – Karen Sinclair
10 /1– William Graham
25/1 – Lord Ellis – Thomas
50/1 – Mike German
Who do you think?
P.S I must confess i'm not a betting expert...