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The last few months have clearly been difficult times, on a personal level, for many people in the Welsh Labour party. I haven’t said much about this: trying to keep completely out of commenting about the sensitive personal dimensions, and focus any comments on the more directly political implications of recent events.

Some of those events culminated in the First Minister’s announcement, in his Welsh Labour conference speech, of his impending resignation. I’ve been asked to make various comments on this, and on the leadership race that follows. I thought blog readers might find it useful to have a collection of some of these contributions.

Immediately after the First Minister’s announcement, I put together some thoughts about his resignation and what would follow: those were posted on my personal website here.

Over the weekend I also contributed to the Sunday Politics Wales (in two chunks – the second alongside Lord Elis-Thomas). And on Monday this week I spoke to Garry Owen live for the Radio Cymru show Taro’r Post.

Various of my other comments have featured on the BBC News website here and (in Welsh) – see and

I’ll add in more links as they become available. And I’m sure that I’ll be back on the blog to comment on this fascinating leadership race at various points in the next seven-and-a-half months.