#GE2017 in Wales: the news we need to know, 29 April — 1 May
Until the results of the 2017 General Election, I’m going to be flagging up the research, articles and reports we all should (in my humble opinion) be reading to help make an informed voting decision in Wales. Every day I’m going to pull together links to the most important election-related news on the main parties making a play in Wales (Conservatives, Labour, Plaid Cymru, Liberal Democrats, Green and UKIP).
For more information about why I’m doing this, take a look at my explainer article.
Wales is “at risk” of merging with England, disappearing as a country in its own right, if an “extreme Brexit” causes the break up of the UK, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has told The Times. She said that if the Conservative Party won by a landslide in the general election, Brexit was likely to be hard.
(Indy link below for those without access behind Times paywall)
Wales is in danger of disappearing as a distinct country if "extreme Brexit" leads to the break-up of the UK, Plaid…www.independent.co.uk
YouGov political and social research director Anthony Wells has written a neat explainer on why local elections aren’t always the best indicator of what the outcome will be in a general election.
On Saturday (29 April) Steve Thomas, chief executive of the Welsh Local Government Association warned that there is a danger next week’s (Thursday 4 April) council elections could be “a very large opinion poll” ahead of the general election.
This Thursday there are local elections across Scotland, Wales and English county councils. Given the imminent general…yougov.co.uk
Leanne Wood has warned that the Conservative Party could take control of the NHS in Wales away from the Welsh Assembly if the party wins at the next election. Health has been devolved in Wales since 1999, and is currently the responsibility of the Welsh government.
Control of the Welsh NHS could be "grabbed back" by Westminster after the general election, Leanne Wood has claimed…www.bbc.co.uk
UKIP has announced that Neil Hamilton will fight for the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr seat currently held by Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards.
Tweet me @ruth_dawson to recommend anything I may have missed that you think should be included. I want these posts to be open, collaborative, and focused on getting the right information out to the people of Wales.
I have no agenda other than helping the people of Wales be more informed about the issues that affect our country, and am staying as neutral as possible in my coverage.