ROBERT Buckland will continue his role as Welsh Secretary under the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss.

Following his appointment, Sir Robert pledged to provide a strong voice for Wales at the Cabinet table.

He was born in Llanelli in 1968 and went to Hatfield College, Durham, graduating in Law in 1990.

He attended the Inns of Court School of Law, where he was a prize winner for Advocacy and was Called to the Bar at Inner Temple in October 1991.

After practising at the Bar on the Western Circuit, primarily in Swansea and Cardiff, he became the Conservative MP for South Swindon in 2010.

Following the collapse of Boris Johnson’s authority and the resignation of his predecessor, Simon Hart, Sir Robert became Secretary of State for Wales on July 7.

Before being sacked from Boris Johnson’s Cabinet in September 2021, he served as Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary. 

Before that appointment, he served as Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice from May 2019 to July 2019 and also as Solicitor General.

As Secretary of State, Sir Robert is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the UK Government in Wales.

His principal responsibility is to liaise with the Welsh Government and the Senedd, smoothing over the tensions between the Westminster government and Cardiff Bay. Due to how the Conservative government treats the post of Welsh Secretary, his role is to make Westminster’s case to the Welsh people and act as its legate to Wales.

That is not easy. During Sir Robert’s predecessors’ periods in the post, especially following Stephen Crabb’s departure, Westminster has gone out of its way to pick arguments with the Welsh Government, while the Welsh Government has gone out of its way to be as contrary as possible.

Robert Buckland said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be reappointed as the Secretary of State for Wales.

“Working alongside our new Prime Minister, fellow Cabinet Ministers and colleagues in Wales, I’m looking forward to delivering for all parts of our great country.

“The cost of living and increasing energy bills are having a significant impact on every single person in the country, and it’s a priority for me to make sure that families, businesses and individuals across Wales receive all possible help to see us through this challenging winter.

“Wales has a huge part to play in our longer-term energy needs with potential for offshore wind, nuclear and renewable energy schemes. These projects will create jobs and prosperity, help secure our energy future and deliver our Net-Zero targets.

“On top of specific measures to tackle the immediate cost of living issue, we will continue to deliver the investment Wales needs through the UK Government’s Levelling Up and Shared Prosperity Funds.

“I am a proud Welshman and a proud Unionist and want to see Wales prosper as a strong part of our successful United Kingdom.”

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies MS said: “I am very happy to see Robert Buckland remain Welsh Secretary – he is an asset to our nation, and I look forward to working with him.”

Meanwhile, in remarks delivered to media during a visit to Crymych last week, Wales’s First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “I’ve already met with Mr Buckland more times in a couple of months than I met with Mr (Simon) Hart in a year. We’re off to a reasonable start.”