It is with great sadness that we hear of the death of Rhodri Morgan, the First Minister for Wales between 2000 and 2009, who, because of his integrity, commitment and sense of purpose, took the skeleton of the devolution settlement and made it live.
We are particularly grateful for his commitment to interfaith relations. He set up the Faith Communities Forum in response to 9/11 and that has been pivotal in nurturing today’s strong relationships both between Wales’ diverse faiths and between those faiths and the Welsh Government.
Rhodri’s politics were driven by his principles and his principles were informed by his deep concern for the welfare of ordinary Welsh people and all this was seasoned by his sense of humour and his total lack of pretension. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are will Julie and his family at this difficult time.
The featured photo was taken in November 2012 when Rhodri was one of the guest speakers at the Church in Wales’ Economy Symposium at St Michael’s College, Llandaff.
May he rest in peace.