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First Minister tribute to Denis Healey

Former Chancellor Denis Healey has died, aged 98 Credit: PA, Adam Edler

The First Minister has paid tribute to the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Denis Healey, who's died at the age of 98. Carwyn Jones said:

I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Denis Healey - a true great of the Labour movement. He continues to inspire and inform our politics today.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister


'Extra £1.1bn' invested in Welsh NHS

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The Welsh Government says more than £1.1bn in additional investment has been made in NHS Wales over the last two years.

It says the health budget has increased by more than 9% since 2013-14, which is equivalent to an extra £178 being spent on health for every person in Wales.It is now said to be the largest it has been and accounts for 46% of the Welsh Government’s total annual budget.

Over the course of the last 17 years, the Welsh NHS is seeing more people than ever before; it is referring more people to hospital-based services; it is providing faster access to diagnostic services and it is providing faster, more effective care, using the most advanced treatments available.

Performance in some areas is still not at the level we would like it to be in all areas but improvements have and continue to be made. I am determined to ensure performance continues to improve across the NHS.”

– Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Health Minister


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Welsh Election 'toughest' ever says Carwyn Jones

Carwyn Jones shaking hands with Jeremy Corbyn Credit: ITV News

Next May's Welsh election will be 'the toughest [Labour] has ever faced' according to the First Minister Carwyn Jones.

The Welsh Labour leader was speaking to the party's UK Conference, the first under new leader Jeremy Corbyn.

He told delegates in Brighton that Labour will face challenges from all sides in the 2016 Assembly election, but he assured them that the party can be proud of its 'secret weapon: a record of delivery.'

I have no doubt whatsoever that the next Welsh General Election will be the toughest we have ever faced.

We slipped back in Wales in May, when we were fighting to win.

Next year the Tories will, of course, out-spend us and will use their Westminster megaphone to once again trash the record of the Welsh NHS.

And there’s danger on the fringes too – the frantic nationalism of UKIP and fantastical nationalism of Plaid Cymru will be competing hard for the votes of the disaffected.

It will be tough.

But, as Welsh Labour, we have a secret weapon. A record of delivery.

Every promise we made, we’ve delivered.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister
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Griffith: Corbyn win can 'galvanise' Welsh election

Welsh Labour members meeting at the start of the party's conference in Brighton Credit: ITV News, Adrian Masters

The new Shadow Welsh Secretary says the party can turn enthusiasm generated by the election of its new leader into votes in next May's Welsh Election. Nia Griffith was addressing Welsh delegates at the start of Labour's conference in Brighton. She told our Political Editor Adrian Masters why Jeremy Corbyn's election is good news for Labour in Wales.

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