Good evening and welcome to your Bank Holiday Monday debrief from the Senedd election campaign trail.

Plaid leader 'would not require independence vote' if in Labour coalition, says FT

Adam Price has not made an independence referendum 'the price of a power-sharing deal with Labour,' reports The Financial Times today.

In a wide-ranging feature on the likelihood of Wales pursuing independence, the FT suggested Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Conservatives would both gain seats in May's vote but Labour would likely remain the Senedd's largest party.

It said the most likely outcome of the election would be a Labour-Plaid coalition and reported first minister Mark Drakeford as speaking positively about the last time the two parties shared power, in 2007.

But while Mr Price has pledged to hold a referendum on Welsh independence during the next Senedd term if Plaid wins the elections, the FT suggested he would not make that a condition of joining any coalition government with Welsh Labour.

But the Plaid leader told the FT it was wrong to "hold negotiations in advance of the negotiations" and his party would only join a coalition that sets Wales "on a very different path".

Tributes to former Welsh Secretary who oversaw 2011 devolution vote

Conservative MP and former Welsh Secretary Dame Cheryl Gillan has died at the age of 68 after a lengthy illness.

Dame Cheryl led the Wales Office in Westminster between 2010 and 2012, during the early years of the Conservate-Liberal Democrat coalition.

In 2011, she was in the position during the holding of a referendum in Wales to give Cardiff Bay more devolved powers – the vote passed by 63 per cent to 36 per cent, with all but one of the nation's 22 local authority areas (Monmouthshire) saying 'yes'.

The National Wales: Dame Cheryl Gillan during her time as Welsh Secretary for the UK government. Picture: Clive Gee/PA WireDame Cheryl Gillan during her time as Welsh Secretary for the UK government. Picture: Clive Gee/PA Wire

Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies paid tribute to "model of public service" Dame Cheryl, whom he said was "respected across the political spectrum" and "served with distinction" as Welsh Secretary.

The party's Welsh chairman, Glyn Davies, said Dame Cheryl had "sought to represent Wales’ best interests" while in her ministerial post and was "hugely respected".

Welsh Lib Dem leader Jane Dodds said Dame Cheryl "served her constituents and her parliament well and will be fondly remembered by members of all parties for her role in delivering the 2011 referendum on law-making powers".