Carwyn Jones ‘not done yet’ says Jeremy Corbyn

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    Image caption Jeremy Corbyn praise Carwyn Jones’ record in his speech to Welsh Labour conference

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has paid tribute to Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones, following Mr Jones’ announcement yesterday that he would be standing down in the autumn.

    Mr Corbyn was speaking at the Welsh Labour Conference in Llandudno.

    He thanked Mr Jones for his “tireless work” for Labour, and said that he “wasn’t done yet”.

    Mr Jones said on Saturday he had seen the “darkest of times” following the death of ex-minister Carl Sargeant.

    Carwyn Jones and Jeremy Corbyn have not seen eye-to-eye ideologically, although the first minister has never attacked him personally.

    Earlier a lawyer representing Jack Sargeant said Mr Jones’ decision to quit had not helped Carl Sargeant’s family.

    The Labour leader told conference that Mr Jones had called him yesterday morning to inform him of his decision.

    Mr Corbyn paid tribute to the outgoing first minister’s “tireless commitment”, saying: “Thank you Carwyn for all you have done, and will do. You are not done yet mate.

    “This conference must pay tribute to Carwyn for his tireless commitment to Wales, to a more equal country, and the determination to stand up for the people of Wales and be a strong voice for devolution and democracy.”

    Image caption Jeremy Corbyn said people’s lives had been “ripped apart because of the personal decisions and actions of Theresa May and her government

    Mr Corbyn’s speech touched on the Windrush scandal, where some immigrants who came to the UK from the Commonwealth decades ago have been threatened with deportation or refused jobs or healthcare.

    The leader said the debacle had “exposed how British citizens who came to our country to rebuild it after the war have faced deportation” because “they couldn’t clear the deliberately unreachable bar set by Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ for migrants”.

    “We’ve seen one government minister after another, including the prime minister herself, trying to dodge and weave around the facts to avoid scrutiny and entirely justified criticism,” he said

    Labour’s leader said people’s lives had been “ripped apart because of the personal decisions and actions of Theresa May and her government”.

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    He added: “Under a Labour government there will be no bogus immigration targets, no discrimination between people of different races and religions, and no racist scapegoating of migrant communities emanating from Government departments.”

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