Good evening and welcome to your Easter Sunday debrief from the Senedd election campaign trail.

Parties circling for Labour voters

If how other parties are talking is anything to go by, Labour voters are up for grabs come May 6.

Adam Price, who has already pledged to create a bridge to Labour voters, today warned Labour's 'thin red line' of protection against Westminster was breaking.

The Liberal Democrats have not been shy of trying to court Labour voters either, calling on the 200,000 people who voted for Labour on the regional lists across South Wales in 2016 not to "waste their vote".

The Lib Dems also took a swipe at Plaid’s position on independence, calling it "a vote for chaos and uncertainty rather than the recovery we desperately need."

The Tories, already smell Labour blood along the M4, where it is hammering home its commitment to building that relief road.

Labour, Wales' largest party for about as long as anybody alive can remember, are expected to come out fighting this week as they launch a series of pledges aimed at the social care sector.

The campaign is beginning to heat up.

Plaid MP calls Tories VAT claims “misleading and manipulating”

A Tory pledge to ‘cut VAT’ to tourism businesses is "the lowest form of inaccurate electioneering" that proves the Tories are "back to their misleading and manipulating best", according to Plaid MP Liz Saville Roberts.

Ms Saville Roberts, Plaid’s campaign director, was speaking in response to Tory claims they would cut VAT to five per cent for the tourism industry.

VAT is not devolved to the Welsh Government however, and responses to the pledge on social media caused the Tories to clarify they would instead be ‘refunding the cost’, as opposed to actually advocating devolution of the tax.

Ms Saville Roberts said: "This proves that the Conservatives are back to their misleading and manipulating best.

"The Conservatives wouldn’t in fact be cutting VAT at all in Wales if elected as the next Government because they can’t. Their narrow-minded belief that Westminster serves us best has seen to that. 

"If they were serious about helping Welsh Tourism businesses, the Conservative government would fund a long-term VAT cut through the UK Treasury.

"Instead, Andrew RT Davies has sanctioned the lowest level of inaccurate electioneering.

"Businesses will see through this empty promise which confirms again why the Tory party and their habit of being economical with the truth are unfit to be anywhere near the seat of power in Wales."

In response, a spokesperson for the Welsh Conservatives accused Plaid’s campaign of being in chaos:

"From candidates resigning, dropping all mention of independence on election literature, to openly promoting Welsh Conservative proposals to help save jobs and our tourism businesses, Plaid are in disarray.

"Welsh Conservatives make no apology for supporting the tourism industry, rather than clobbering them with Plaid’s planned tourism tax, and we’ll support businesses directly on VAT until April 2022 to cut their costs and get them back on their feet.

"Businesses don’t care about the technicalities of how the support is given: they want to know they can be supported into having a future. Something that runs completely contrary to Plaid’s policies of discouraging tourism in Gwynedd and other parts of West Wales."

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