Since losing its majority in 2003, Labour had been running the assembly as a minority government, with 29 out of the 60 seats. Their election manifesto for the 2007 Assembly elections titled, “Building a Better Wales” was a plea to their voters to come and out and vote for them on election day.
In the foreword by Rhodri Morgan, he states that “this manifesto is a grown up programme for Government for the 2007-11 Assembly term”.
The party had 11 key pledges in their manifesto including shorter NHS waiting times, cheaper rail travel for pensioners and 6,500 affordable new homes. They also pledged 25,000 apprenticeships, and extra support for childcare under a scheme called “mobile mammas.”
Labour won 26 seats in the election, 4 short of a majority Government. After a month of minority government, talks between the Leader of Pliad Cymru Ieuan Wyn Jones and Rhodri Morgan resulted in the historic “One Wales” agreement between Labour and Plaid Cymru.