It has been a great privilege to serve in your Cabinets since your appointment as First Minister in December 2009 ... I have also been pleased to have had the opportunity to convene the Yes for Wales campaign on your behalf in 2011 and to contribute to the successful campaign which led to your election victory in May 2011 and to a Labour Government.
I am proud of the steps which we have taken which will strengthen the education system, including our new literacy and numeracy framework, the Schools Standards Act, the creation of a smaller number of stronger higher education institutions and our new higher education policy, the Welsh Language strategy and the steps we are taking to establish Qualifications Wales as the core of a modern qualifications system for Wales.
As you know, I have [been] and remain a passionate advocate of my Rhondda constituency. I regret that my commitment to my constituents may have led me to an apparent conflict which has led to difficulty for your government. I therefore feel that I have no option but to offer you my resignation today. Your government will of course have my consistent and continuing support.
With best wishes
Leighton Andrews AM
Minister for Education and Skills
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