Good evening and welcome to today's daily debrief, bringing you a round-up of the latest news on the Senedd election campaign trail.

Labour calls on voters to back 'trusted' leadership

A flurry of manifesto and campaign launches this week continued today with the publication of Welsh Labour's election promises.

In what he called a campaign of "trust and ambition", party leader Mark Drakeford presented Labour as a sturdy pair of hands that would neither rely on more devolved taxation nor on "the whim of UK Tory ministers".

Labour, which currently holds 29 of the Senedd's 60 seats, has set out six 'key pledges' for the next Welsh parliamentary term, should the party be re-elected.

They cover post-pandemic investment in schools and the NHS; a young person's guarantee for work, education or training; a real living wage for carers; environmental policies including a single-use plastics ban; 100 more police community support officers; and 20,000 low-carbon social homes.

Ahead of the launch, Mr Drakeford said the upcoming election was a choice "to go on investing in our young people with a Welsh Labour Government or to take a different path".

Drakeford attacks rivals' 'nonsensical' claims

Following today's manifesto launch, Mr Drakeford was quick to rebuff the recent allegations launched at his party by rivals.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said yesterday his party was now to the left of Welsh Labour – something Mr Drakeford dismissed as "nonsensical".

And on Welsh Conservative claims challenging the progress made in Wales under Labour governments, he said the Tories had said the same thing for years and "lack a certain sense of democratic understanding".

"We have persuaded people in Wales that election after election, their future is best secured through a Labour government," Mr Drakeford said.

“The Tories need to remember that if they had been a bit better at persuading people in Wales of their arguments, they may have done better in democratic contests."

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