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UK government created poor conditions that led to Cardiff riots, says Mark Drakeford

Exclusive: Welsh first minister blames unrest that followed deaths of two boys on ‘13 years of erosion’ under Conservatives

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The Welsh first minister has accused the UK government of creating the poor social conditions that formed the backdrop to the Cardiff riots by systematically eroding community life, public services and citizen’s incomes.

Mark Drakeford, who represents the Ely area where the riots erupted on Monday night after the deaths of two teenaged boys, said public services and people’s standards of living had declined there during 13 years of Conservative rule.

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