First Minister


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First Minister

1 the leader of the Scottish Executive in the SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT.
2 the leader of the executive in the Northern Ireland Assembly (see GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT).
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"It was right for the First Minister to go to the Assembly Chamber today to apologise to Adam Price, and to acknowledge that his contribution last week was not befitting of the Welsh Parliament.
One Welsh Labour source said: "It's entirely in line with expectations that Carwyn would be standing down as First Minister after around 10 years.
The First Minister said, I am calling all Wales budding young artists to reach for their colouring pencils, crayons and felt-tip pens and design my official Christmas card.
"But I am not presuming that I will be First Minister, it is up to the people to decide.
"We welcome the support of our First Minister and Deputy First Minister in our pursuit of a better society and strong economy."
The first minister, who travelled to Shetland three times to canvass for tomorrow's by-election, was accused of only caring about Shetland when there were votes to be won.
Visitors to ScottishWater's Forthside premises last Wednesday during the First Minister's visit had to wear protective clothing.
Lord Justice Haddon-Cave and Mr Justice Swift upheld a legal challenge from Mr Sargeant's wife, Bernie, that a statement issued by the First Minister's office had given her "a legitimate expectation" that the inquiry and its procedures would be set up and decided by the permanent secretary, Shan Morgan, independently of the First Minister.
Neil Hudgell of Hudgell Solicitors who represents Sargeant said: Sargeant family were completely unaware actions of the First Minister behind the scenes, assurances of independence.
Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said: "It is out of order for the First Minister Mark Drakeford to prioritise a reception in Buckingham Palace over answering questions here in the Senedd.
Carlaw said: "The revelations that it was Liz Lloyd that initiated these discussions and then had a further meeting to discuss the issue again and all ahead of a meeting the First Minister then had on April 2 which left the First Minister unaware what the content was going to be.
The party had previously called for DUP leader Arlene Foster to step aside as First Minister over the botched green energy scheme - RHI.