Labour leader Ed Miliband has told ITV News there are 'huge challenges' facing Welsh hospitals and schools - but he also praised the work that the Welsh Government is doing.
Mr Miliband has faced months of taunts from Prime Minister David Cameron about the state of Wales' health and education services.
Today Mr Miliband held a summit with Welsh Labour leaders to thrash out how they'll defend the party's record in Wales ahead of the Westminster elections next year.
Ed Miliband told our Political Editor Adrian Masters he is "incredibly proud" of the Labour Welsh Government's record in Wales.
Visiting today alongside his Shadow Cabinet, he pointed to the success of Jobs Growth Wales, and defended its handling of the economy in Wales, and the NHS here.
He also laughed off a question about a tweet sent from the Labour press team, reading 'Everybody should have his own owl', after their Twitter account was apparently hacked.
Watch our presenters' extended studio interview with Labour leader Ed Miliband on ITV News Cymru Wales at 6pm
Labour leader Ed Miliband joined Owen Smith and Carwyn Jones for a Q&A session with workers at GE Aviation in Nantgarw this lunchtime.
Members of the Shadow Cabinet and Welsh Government ministers went out on a series of visits around South Wales.
Plaid Cymru have dismissed the joint meeting of the Shadow Cabinet and Welsh Government cabinet as an attempt to dupe Wales at a time when youth unemployment remains high. Labour leader Ed Miliband has been praising the Welsh Government's Jobs Growth Wales scheme.
Labour's Shadow Cabinet and Welsh Government Cabinet have arrived at GE Aviation in Nantgarw to begin a joint meeting.
Ed Miliband has highlighted the Welsh government's Jobs Growth Wales programme during his visit to Nantgarw near Caerphilly. After a joint meeting of the Shadow cabinet and the Welsh cabinet, the Labour leader will address staff at the GE Aviation aircraft engine plant.
Members of the Labour Shadow cabinet at Westminster and ministers in the Welsh Government cabinet are gathering at the GE Aviation aircraft engine plant at Nantgarw near Caerphilly. It's their first joint meeting and is part of Labour's preparation for next year's UK General Election.
Labour leader Ed Miliband is bringing his entire shadow cabinet to Wales later this morning for a joint meeting with Carwyn Jones and his ministers. Wales' role in next year's Westminster election seems likely to figure large in their discussions.
Labour is anxious to stress its achievements in the one part of the United Kingdom where the party is currently in government but also needs a strategy for fending off Conservative and Liberal Democrat attacks on its record in Wales, especially in health and education.
The way Wales is funded is one area where Carwyn Jones wants a commitment that a future Labour government at Westminster would offer a better deal. The last Labour Government didn't accept calls to end the system that limits Wales' share of any increase in public spending to its population share.
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has received a second email from Ed Miliband, this time inviting him to become a Labour candidate in the next UK Election. It follows an earlier email ahead of the Labour leader's speech on his party's relationship with unions.
The latest email from Ed Miliband begins 'Andrew, I am so inspired by this party' - presumably his party, not the one Mr Davies leads in Wales. Mr Miliband goes on to talk about Labour's Future Candidates Programme and issues this invitation:
Obviously the email is a circular aimed at Labour members but the Welsh Tory chief is baffled as to how he was included on the mailing list. Perhaps the fact he shares a name with a former Labour minister explains it. Either way, he's not planning to take up Ed Miliband's offer.
Ahead of his major speech on reforming the relationships between the trades unions and Labour, party leader Ed Miliband wrote to party members. One surprised recipient of the email was Welsh Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies.
He was particularly pleased by the Labour leader's opening comments:
A Welsh Conservative source says 'nice of Ed to contact Andrew first.'