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Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford’s Wife Clare Dies Suddenly

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Clare Drakeford, the wife of Wales’s First Minister Mark Drakeford, has died suddenly, the Welsh Government has announced.

“It is with deep sadness that we confirm the sudden passing of Clare Drakeford, wife of the First Minister,” a spokesperson said.

“The thoughts of everyone in the Welsh Government are with the family at this time and we ask that their privacy is respected.”

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Labour leader Keir Starmer said: “I’m deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Clare Drakeford. On behalf of the whole Labour Party, I send our deepest condolences to Mark and all the family.

“I know just how close they were as a couple, and I can only imagine the sense of loss Mark and the whole family are feeling. They are all in our thoughts and prayers.”

Downing Street said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had passed on his deepest condolences to Mr Drakeford privately.

Mark and Clare Drakeford were married in 1977 and have three adult children together. Mr Drakeford has been First Minister of Wales since 2018. The family has lived in the Pontcanna area of Cardiff for 30 years.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price tweeted: “My heart is absolutely breaking for @PrifWeinidog after hearing of the sudden passing of his wife, Clare.

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I know how close you were and there are no words to describe the pain you must be feeling. My thoughts are with you and your family. We’re all here for you Mark.”

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said she is sending Mark “love and strength” following the news that his wife, Clare, has died suddenly.

“My thoughts are with Mark and his family at this terribly sad time,”

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