The UK Labour Party’s deputy leader Angela Rayner will this morning make her first visit to Wales since being elected.

She will be joined in the Vale of Clwyd by Health Minister Vaughan Gething, as he sets out Welsh Labour’s plan to give care workers a pay rise to the 'real living wage', £9.50 an hour.

Ms Rayner, who was a care worker before becoming a Westminster MP, said: “When we clapped for our carers we meant it. The Tories clapped for the TV cameras, but claps don’t pay the bills and the Tories won’t put their money where their mouth is.

“This is personal for me – I know the hard graft care workers do because I did it. I worked side by side with care workers who would do anything for the people they looked after, and who didn’t get the pay or recognition that they deserved.“

Rayner and Gething will be joined by Jason McClellan, the Welsh Labour Senedd candidate in the Vale of Clwyd, to meet frontline care workers to hear about their experiences and thank them for their work during the pandemic.

Labour have held the Vale Of Clwyd seat in every Senedd election, however in 2016 the Conservatives trailed by only 768 votes behind. The Tories took the seat from Labour in the 2019 UK general election.

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Labour will be hoping that a focus on wages for care staff, and criticisms of the UK Government’s record, can help them stop the Tories taking the seat in the Senedd.

The job may be made more difficult by the loss of Ann Jones, who has been the Labour MS for the seat since the Welsh Parliament's creation. Ms Jones announced in January that she would not be seeking re-election.

Jason McClellan said: “I’m so pleased that Angela and Vaughan [have come] here to Rhyl to meet our fantastic key workers, and to hear first-hand what things have been like on the front line against this virus.

“Welsh Labour knows the importance of investing in our NHS and social care – looking after those who look after us when we most need it.”

Vaughan Gething said: “I’ve seen the hard work our social care workers do- in our hospitals, our care homes, and our communities. Day in day out they look after some of our most vulnerable people with dignity and care.”

Plaid Cymru also promised to pay care workers the real living wage, and the Welsh Conservatives’ health spokesperson Angela Burns has also previously indicated their support.