#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.

Read the last post here, and find the rest on my profile page.

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)

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.

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.

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.