Welsh politicians clash in first televised election debate

Leading politicians of the five parties have clashed in the first televised debate of the general election in Wales.

Hosted by ITV Wales' Adrian Masters, Brexit was top of the agenda with the parties also debating issues which included climate change and the economy.

Labour's Nick Thomas-Symonds said he would "make an assessment" on the deal Labour would negotiate with the EU if they won the general election on whether to vote for or against his own party's deal.

David TC Davies said that the Conservatives are "the only party that can be in power and deliver Brexit on December 12th."

Nathan Gill of the Brexit Party said politicians shoud "start listening and obeying the will of the people."

The two other parties, The Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru, are both championing remaining in the European Union. They are part of the so-called 'Remain Alliance' with the Green Party, while the Brexit Party said it won't be putting forward candidates for seats which the Conservatives won the 2017 general election.

David TC Davies and Jane Dodds Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

David TC Davies of the Conservatives made a swipe at Plaid Cymru saying it should be called Plaid 'rhan o' (part of) Cymru for being part of the Remain Alliance and choosing not to contest some seats in Wales.

Cardiff University's, Professor Roger Awan-Scully, gave his thoughts on how the politicians performed:

On climate change, The Brexit Party's Nathan Gill said he did not "personally" believe that climate change was a man-made issue and said Wales should not be "industrialised" with wind turbines and solar panels.

Labour re-iterated its promise to deliver the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon if it got into government, while Jane Dodds, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said "there is absolutely a climate emergency" whereby "we need to act now."

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

David TC Davies said he does not dispute the science of climate change and has "always said man has had an influence."

Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts said the history books would show that "politicians will be held as having failed on climate change unless we start making changes."