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Kirsty Williams: Lib Dems have showed 'there is a light at the end of the tunnel'

Kirsty Williams has said that the Liberal Democrats have 'showed that there is a light at the end of the tunnel' and that they can provide 'opportunities for everyone.'

She also said that the Liberal Democrats have reduced taxes for the lowest paid, secured extra resources for Wales' poorest pupils and have restored the link between pensions and earnings.

Kirsty Williams has said that the Lib Dems have reduced taxes for the lowest paid. Credit: ITV News

Leanne Wood: Plaid will end the 'obsession' with cutting services

Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood has said in her opening statement that her Party want to end the 'obsession' with cutting services in Wales.

She also said that Plaid want to bring the deficit down over time and that the Party can be trusted to get 'the very best deal for Wales at all times.'

Leanne Wood has said that Plaid can be trusted to get the 'best deal' for Wales. Credit: ITV News

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Owen Smith: Labour will 'stand up for working people'

Labour's Owen Smith has said that next month's General Election will be a 'fundamental choice' between a Labour and Tory government.

He also said that his party will 'stand up for working people in Wales and across Britain'.

Owen Smith has said that next month's election will be between the Labour Party and the Conservatives. Credit: ITV News

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Debate focus now on Wales

The first television debate between the three men and three women leading their parties' campaigns in Wales is live tonight on ITV Cymru Wales and here on itv.com/wales.

It will have the same format as the seven-way debate between party leaders from across Britain at the start of the election campaign. That was notable for the inclusion of UKIP, Plaid Cymru, the SNP and the Green Party for the first time.

The six who'll line up on stage tonight Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Tonight's line up is:

  • Wales Green Party Leader Pippa Bartolotti
  • Conservative Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb
  • UKIP Wales Leader Nathan Gill
  • Labour Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith
  • Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams
  • Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood

All are well know in Welsh politics but it's notable that Leanne Wood currently enjoys the highest approval rating (48%), according to the Welsh Barometer poll. That's almost certainly due to her participation in earlier debates on ITV and BBC. In those debates Leanne Wood was largely on the same side at the SNP and Green leaders but she claims that it could be five against one tonight.

In tonight’s debate the London parties face a choice; will they join Team Wales, or will they form Team Westminster?

– Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM

For the others it's a chance to grab some of the limelight that they feel Leanne Wood has been unfairly enjoying.

Welsh Government to hold 'grass fires summit'

The Welsh Government has announced it will hold a summit next week to tackle the outbreak of grass fires that have blighted south Wales over the last month.

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, will meet with key players to "discuss and formulate" a programme of action.

A grass fire over homes at Machen on Monday. Credit: Francesca Godfrey

Communities affected by grass fires are "rightly angry and want action taken" says the Welsh Government's Minister for Public Services.

In a statement on Tuesday leighton Andrews said tackling "this menace must mean much more than just fighting fires or prosecuting offenders. It needs robust action at the community level to divert people away from setting fires, and to identify and expose those who do."

Mr Andrews outlined what measures are being taken to tackle the problem, they include:

  • South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is working with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to deliver a hard-hitting presentation to all secondary schools setting out the impact that these fires have, and making sure that young people understand the seriousness of these crimes
  • The Service is also co-ordinating links with community groups such as the Bicycle Doctor in Porth, Wildfire FOA in RCT, and the Grass Fire and Mountain Fire Prevention Teams in Caerphilly, RCT and elsewhere
  • The Welsh Government will co-ordinate action working with the Fire Service, the Police, schools, Local Authorities and Natural Resources Wales.
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