Plaid 'an irrelevance' in election say Welsh Lib Dems, as Conservatives criticise tax policy

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams AM says Plaid Cymru are an 'irrelevance' in the General Election as they have too few MPs to have an influence.

She said that tonight's ITV Leaders' Debate is not about who will be the next Prime Minister, but who will form the next Government. Ms Williams criticises the SNP and UKIP's 'divisive' policies, says Labour's borrowing would 'risk the economy,' and the Conservatives would threaten public services by cutting too much. A vote for Plaid, says Ms Williams, is a 'wasted vote.'

With such an insignificant number of MPs, Plaid can have no influence in Westminster. They are an irrelevance in this election. It is only the Welsh Liberal Democrats that can deliver Home Rule for Wales meaning further powers and fair funding. Plaid are simply a wasted vote.

Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat leader

Meanwhile, the Welsh Conservatives are calling on Plaid leader Leanne Wood to clarify the party's position on corporation tax, following comments made during a hustings.

Businesses across Wales will quite rightly be concerned by this extraordinary policy announcement at the FSB Cymru hustings in Llanelli. What we continue to see from the Welsh nationalists is policy made up on the hoof, no clear vision for Wales and taxation policies that will punish those who want to get on and make Wales a more prosperous place. I hope Leanne Wood uses her 15 minutes of fame in the UK TV debates tonight to clarify these clearly badly judged remarks. >

Nick Ramsay AM, Welsh Conservatives