Good evening and welcome to today's daily debrief – your regular round-up of the day's latest election news ahead of May's Senedd vote.

Here's what's been happening today:

Plaid launch manifesto and claim 'we are to the left of Labour'

Adam Price believes his party are the "pretty clear" left-wing choice of the major parties in this year's ballot, the Plaid Cymru leader told The National today.

Plaid launched its manifesto in Cardiff this morning amid promises of "the most radically ambitious" programme of policies by any party on a Welsh ballot since 1945.

The party's policies include a 'green deal' for Wales, as well as an extension of the free school meals programme and cuts to average council tax bills.

Plaid has also made it a manifesto pledge to hold a referendum on Welsh independence, should the party win power in May.

And speaking to The National at the launch, Mr Price made no secret of Plaid's plans to woo left-leaning voters from Welsh Labour.

"I certainly think we are considerably to the left of Labour, that is pretty clear," he said, adding that Plaid was campaigning for "social justice and economic progress".

Lib Dems eye three-pronged recovery programme

The Welsh Liberal Democrats will prioritise recovery programmes for the economy, the environment and mental health should they win power in May.

Party leader Jane Dodds said the Lib Dems' proposals – ranging from building 30,000 new social housing properties to spending £1 billion annually on the climate emergency – were "radical yet realistic options for Wales' future".

The Lib Dems have also pledged to trial Universal Basic Income and invest £500 million in high streets as part of plans to rejuvenate the economy and support those hardest-hit by the pandemic.

The party will be defending one seat in May – that of Brecon and Radnorshire – which has been held by education minister Kirsty Williams since 1999.

Ms Williams, who retained her seat in 2016 with a majority of 8,170 votes (one of the largest margins in Wales) will be stepping down from the Senedd this year.

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