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Monday, 8 May, 2000, 05:58 GMT 06:58 UK
Michael's successor is sworn in
Delyth Evans
Delyth Evans: Second on list
Alun Michael's former special adviser, Delyth Evans, is due to be sworn in as his replacement in the Welsh Assembly.

The former First Secretary formally severed his links with the Assembly on 1 May.

Mr Michael resigned as first secretary in February just before a Plaid Cymru-inspired vote of no confidence in his leadership.

The vote followed what Plaid regarded as the failure of the then first secretary to secure Treasury match-funding for 1.2bn worth of European grants for deprived areas of Wales.

Mr Michael then chose to quit his Assembly seat to concentrate on representing his parliamentary constituency at Westminster.

Rules

He also decided to make the full-time switch sooner rather than later.

The Cardiff South and Penarth MP gave his final speech to fellow AMs before the Easter break ending his relationship with the Assembly - less than a year after becoming first secretary.

His departure paved the way for Delyth Evans who was the second name on Labour's regional list of candidates for Mr Michael's former seat of Mid and West Wales.

Under the Assembly's election rules, no by-election is necessary for the regional seat - the next candidate is automatically appointed.

A former assistant to late Labour leader John Smith, Ms Evans knows her predecessor well.

Until his resignation, she was one of Mr Michael's special advisers in the Assembly.

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