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First Minister Mark Drakeford supports "radical socialist traditions"


The man responsible for putting Wales into a 17-day ban is an atheist, a Republican – and, perhaps most surprisingly, an avid ukulele player.

But then First Minister Mark Drakeford is not your typical politician.

He promised to follow "radical socialist traditions" when he was elected Welsh Labor leader in 2018 and, as a longtime supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, backed his offer to join the Labor leadership in 2015.

At the time, he said Mr. Corbyn was the candidate "whose views most closely reflect my own".

But the similarities don't end there, as the 66-year-old Drakeford also shares the former Labor leader's passion for ranks.

First Minister Mark Drakeford with former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn in Barry, South Wales, in 2019

Supermarkets such as Tesco in Penarth (picture) have stopped selling household items that are no longer necessary as part of the 17-day blocking period

Supermarkets like Tesco in Penarth (picture) have stopped selling household items that are no longer necessary as part of the 17-day blocking period

One of his key campaign promises in the Welsh Labor Party leadership contest was to double the number of properties across Wales.

During the lockdown in March, Mr Drakeford cycled to his assignment in Cardiff, joking that he had to "dig very quickly" because of the hour-long exercise restriction. He once boasted that he was the only Welsh politician to milk a cow.

He was born and raised in Carmarthenshire. As a boy he developed a love for cricket and learned the clarinet and ukulele.

Men's trousers and vests are among the items that Tesco is no longer selling under the lockdown restrictions that began on Friday. Mark Drakeford announced earlier this year that he had kept part of the lockdown in a "miniature hut" at the end of his yard to protect his wife and mother-in-law

Men's trousers and vests are among the items that Tesco is no longer selling under the lockdown restrictions that began on Friday. Mark Drakeford announced earlier this year that he had kept part of the lockdown in a "miniature hut" at the end of his yard to protect his wife and mother-in-law

Lidl closed all "non-essential" aisles in Porthmadog before 6 p.m. on Friday, and the ban should apply to the complete closure

Lidl closed all "non-essential" aisles in Porthmadog before 6 p.m. on Friday, and the ban should apply to the complete closure

Patriotic Welsh fervor took hold in his hometown when Gwynfor Evans was elected first MP for nationalist Plaid Cymru in 1966.

After going to a boys' high school, Mr Drakeford later recalled groups of students chanting around and sang political slogans, with street signs in English only, which had been torn down the night before and were lying on the ground.

In an interview with the BBC last year, Drakeford said he thought it was "fantastic to destroy street signs". He later decided that class was more important than nationality, became a socialist and joined the Labor Party.

In his final year of studying Latin at the University of Kent, Canterbury, he answered an ad in The Guardian to become a probation officer.

After becoming disillusioned with the inferior council houses where the offenders lived, he switched to politics.

At the same time, he lectured on social policy at Cardiff University and held his academic post until his appointment as Minister of the Welsh Government in 2013.

He promised to follow "radical socialist traditions" when he was elected Welsh labor leader in 2018

He promised to follow "radical socialist traditions" when he was elected Welsh labor leader in 2018

Mr Drakeford, who coined the phrase "clear red water" to represent the different directions Welsh Labor had taken from the then Tony Blair administration, was an adviser to former First Minister Rhodri Morgan and later claimed that he wanted to "stay out." Public as much as possible & # 39 ;.

That ambition did not last long, however, and he was the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring after the resignation of Carwyn Jones, his predecessor as First Minister, in 2018.

During his leadership offer, he admitted to using illegal drugs at the university, but insisted that it was nothing stronger than cannabis. He also revealed that he did not support the monarchy after becoming a Republican at age 14.

Mr Drakeford won the support of the Corbynista advocacy group Momentum, which stood up for him. He also defended the Welsh NHS when criticized by then Prime Minister David Cameron for his performance.

Mr Drakeford, who has three children, announced in July that he had spent part of the lockdown in a "miniature hut" at the end of his garden to protect his wife and mother-in-law, who had been screened.

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