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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

Muslim families from Wales are 'safe and well' after Hajj pilgrimage crush

The Muslim Council of Wales has confirmed that groups of Muslim families from Wales are 'safe and well' following a crush at the mass Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

The death toll following the crush on Thursday, September 24 at the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia is now 769 and the number of injured has risen to 934. Credit: PA

769 worshippers are believed to have died in the crush that happened outside the holy city of Mecca.

There were thought to be between 200 and 250 pilgrims from Wales among the 20,000 from Britain who traveled for the Hajj.

Various groups journeyed from Newport, Swansea and Cardiff to Saudi Arabia as part of the pilgrimage.

The General Secretary of the Muslim Council of Wales, Saleem Kidwai says he now believes that 180-200 people made the journey and after making contact with the group leaders from Wales they have all been accounted for.

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