The next Welsh Labour leader must “shake-up” the party after almost two decades in power, a former Welsh secretary has said. Carwyn Jones is to step down as the party's leader and first minister in the autumn.
Lord Peter Hain said the party must now elect a radical new leader to shake-up the administration. Labour has led the Welsh Government, either on its own or in coalition, since the assembly was formed in 1999.
It comes as one political expert said some Labour members may be asking if they wanted yet another middle aged white man from south Wales in the top job.
On Saturday, Mr Jones, who has been first minister since 2009, made the shock announcement at the Welsh Labour conference, saying recent months had been the darkest of times. He had been under intense pressure since the death of former communities secretary Carl Sargeant.
The late Alyn and Deeside AM Mr Sargeant was found dead at his home in November. It is understood he took his own life days after being sacked by Mr. Jones from the cabinet amid allegations of inappropriate behavior towards women.
A number of names have been mentioned as potential candidates to succeed Mr. Jones as the next Welsh Labour leader, but no one has yet firmly announced their intention to stand.
Lord Hain, Welsh secretary between 2002-2008 and 2009-2010, told BBC Wales the next leader would need to be radical as the party had been in power for almost 20 years.
The former-Neath MP said: The biggest challenge facing the party is that they've been in power in government the entire life of the assembly. That's a remarkable achievement, but the longer you're in power in the current age, the more difficult it is to stay in power.
Welsh Labour must elect a radical leader in the tradition of Nye Bevan, he added.
The assembly administration needs a big shake-up and we need a leader who is going to do that: to really drive the welsh civil service to be more innovative and more optimistic.
His comments came as Prof Roger Awan-Scully, of Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre, said Labour members may be asking if they want yet another middle aged white man from south Wales? leading the party.
The man widely considered to be a potential front-runner contender in the leadership race, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford, had said he was giving the matter serious consideration.
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething, Economy Secretary Ken Skates, Welsh Language Minister Eluned Morgan, and Counsel General Jeremy Miles, have not ruled themselves out. Other potential names could include Local Government Secretary Alun Davies and Children's Minister Huw Irranca-Davies.