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First Minister's Christmas message

First Minister and Leader of Welsh Labour Carwyn Jones issues his Christmas message Credit: PA Images

First Minister Carwyn Jones has released a Christmas message to the people of Wales:

“I’d like to extend my best wishes for the festive period to everybody across Wales. Christmas is a special time where many of us have the opportunity to celebrate with friends and family.

“However, each Christmas my thanks and thoughts are reserved for the Armed Forces, many of whom are serving abroad away from their families. Just one of the many sacrifices they make to protect our country.

“I also pay thanks to those working in our emergency services, where Christmas is not a holiday. Their hard work and commitment continues to benefit us all year round.

“I wish you all a joyful and peaceful Christmas.”