'I wish him all the very best' - First Minister on Hain resignation

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones has just paid this tribute to Peter Hain:

Peter's has a played an important and prominent role in Welsh political life for many years. I'm sure whatever role Peter chooses to pursue awayfrom the Frontbench at Westminster, he will bring to it his great skills as a communicator and campaigner. I wish him all the very best for the future.

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