ITV Wales debate

Who came out on top and will it make any difference?

Those are the two questions everyone wants to know after a major debate, and the day after the first Welsh leaders' debate on ITV Wales at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is no exception.

I'm not sure I can answer the questions definitively.

There were no obvious winners.

The Conservatives felt their man, Stephen Crabb, was effective early on with his claim that the Labour Welsh government was given the money by the coalition at Westminster for the NHS but it chose not to protect the health budget.

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Leaders in Welsh debate should expect a tough night

Welsh leaders who will take part in the ITV Wales election debate
Stephen Crabb (Conservative), Owen Smith (Labour), Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem), Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru), Nathan Gill (UKIP) and Pippa Bartolotti (Greens) will take part

It could be a tough night for all of the politicians taking part in tonight's first televised debate between the Welsh leaders of the main parties.

Owen Smith for Labour will inevitably have to defend the record of Carwyn Jones's devolved government, even though he is not a member of it.

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More than immigration

UKIP's manifesto is the party's big opportunity to get away from the tag of being a one-trick pony on immigration.

It has always said the document would be fully costed and provide a rounded set of proposals covering the main aspects of government.

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Hung parliament and the economy

Plaid Cymru's stance against the Conservatives in this campaign was always going to leave it vulnerable to the claim that, when push comes to shove, Labour will always be able to rely on its support.

After all, when you've made blocking a return for the Tories an absolute priority, then where else do you go?

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Cappuccino interviews

I've never drunk so much coffee in my life after speaking to all of the Welsh party leaders in a range of cafes in what I've called the "cappuccino" interviews for Wales Today.

Four down, two to go.

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Hard words

I'm interviewing all of the main party leaders this week for Wales Today in a variety of cafes across Wales.

I kicked things off with Labour's shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith in the baking sunshine at Barry Island.

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Who speaks for Wales?

An interesting pre-debate debate has opened up about who speaks for Wales.

Tonight's event is obviously a great opportunity for Plaid Cymru.

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Hand that you're dealt

UKIP rosette
Lack of organisation has worked in favour of a party whose members portray themselves as outsiders

Many people have been wondering what kind of election campaign UKIP would be running.

Critics had claimed that well-documented problems over some of their candidates would continue to plague them.

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Plaid's manifesto

There are no shortage of sweeteners for Wales in Plaid Cymru's glossy 64 page manifesto.

The biggest one of the lot, an extra £1.2bn for Wales, isn't even mentioned but implied when it talks about Wales receiving the same level of funding per head as Scotland.

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Plaid and resources to Scotland

Plaid Cymru have published a press release which talks about the importance of Wales being represented at Parliament by as many of their MPs as possible.

No surprises there, it's exactly what you'd expect on the eve of their campaign launch.

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