Rhodri Morgan was a truly exceptional man, who has made an indelible mark on Wales. With Julie, in a devoted partnership, both ot them passionately committed to social justice, he put his beloved family at the forefront of his life but worked tirelessly to change the world. He was a uniquely gifted politician with the greatest integrity, able to relate to everyone he met who saw him and knew him as ‘our Rhodri’. I have been so fortunate to know and work with him as a truly inspiring leader, who defined the meaning and importance of devolution for Wales whilst crafting a distinctive identity for Welsh Labour.
My love, friendship and memories of Rhodri are now with Julie, Prys and the family, as we grieve with them for the loss of a remarkable man, husband, brother, father and grandfather, and a great friend to Wales.