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Live Reporting

Natalie Grice, George Herd and Andy Roberts

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye for now

    Thanks for following our live coverage of today's campaigning for the Welsh Parliament election on Thursday.

    We'll be back tomorrow for the final day of the campaign.

    Join us then.

  2. Lib Dems message - 'recovery, recovery, recovery'

    Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds in Aberaeron, Ceredigion, campaigning with their candidate for the seat in the 2021 Senedd election
    Image caption: Jane Dodds has been on the campaign trail in Aberaeron, Ceredigion

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat leader says the response to her party's recovery message is "really good".

    Jane Dodds has been out on the campaign trail in Aberaeron, in Ceredigion.

    "Our priority to put recovery first is going down really well on the doorstep," she said.

    "We are the party putting recovery first - recovery of the economy, mental health, and recovery for our planet."

    The only Lib Dem member of the last Welsh Parliament was Kirsty Williams, who served as education minister in the Labour-led government and is standing down from her seat of Brecon and Radnorshire after 22 years in the Senedd.

    "We are not taking votes for granted," insisted Ms Dodds.

    "Of course we want to keep Brecon and Radnorshire, but we’ve also always done well in regional seats."

  3. North Wales 'ignored by Labour' says Tory leader

    Andrew RT Davies campaigning in Llandudno ahead of 6 May Senedd elections
    Image caption: Andrew RT Davies is hoping to take seats off Labour while defending Tory seats against a Plaid Cymru challenge

    Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has been out on the doorstep in the Aberconwy constituency - one of the top targets for Plaid Cymru in north Wales.

    The Tories hold the seat, but held only a 754 vote majority over Plaid in the 2016 Senedd election.

    They took the seat from Plaid back in 2011 - so this has always been a fiercely contested battle, with a constituency spanning the coastal resort of Llandudno, up to the rural Conwy Valley town of Llanrwst.

    Last week Prime Minister Boris Johnson stopped off in Llandudno - today, the Welsh leader headed to the region, stating north Wales "has been too often ignored by Labour".

    "We have a clear plan to tackle our creaking infrastructure and fragile economy, and create jobs, prosperity and opportunity for people across Wales," he said.

  4. Don't waste regional list choice, Greens ask voters

    The Wales Green Party is asking Labour voters not to place a “wasted vote” for the party on the regional list.

    “Our focus in the days leading up to the election is getting out on door steps and on the phone to as many voters as possible, talking about our plans to transform Wales,” said Anthony Slaughter, the party's leader in Wales.

    “Another big priority for us is explaining to traditional Labour voters that Labour is a wasted vote on the regional list, and that in almost all of Wales, the last seat on the regional list will be between the Greens, Abolish and the Tories.

    “It makes sense for Labour voters to lend their vote Green on the regional list,” he added.

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  5. WATCH: Call for policies to keep business afloat

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    Video caption: How will Welsh businesses get help to rebuild after the pandemic?

    Politicians must spell out their long-term plans to help businesses recover from the pandemic, says CBI Wales.

    Ahead of Thursday's Senedd election, the employers' organisation said parties had not addressed key issues, claiming financial support had so far been a "short-term fix".

    Monmouthshire coffee and gift shop owner Alison Baillon said the business rate holiday had helped keep them afloat - but their finances remain "pretty sad" for now.

  6. Propel campaigns against nuclear station mud dumping

    Former Plaid Cymru member of the Senedd Neil McEvoy is fighting this election as leader of a new party, Propel.

    One of his main campaigns in recent years has been against the dumping in the Bristol Channel of mud dredged during construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.

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  7. Fresh battle for the 'red wall'

    Daniel Davies

    BBC Wales political correspondent

    In the three seats Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has been visiting in north Wales today, the party is defending majorities that are smaller than the number of votes polled by UKIP at the last Senedd election five years ago.

    The biggest study of its kind suggests the vast majority of 2016 UKIP voters went to the Conservatives at the general elections of 2017 and 2019 - you can read more about that here.

    If those people vote Tory again they could really help the party's Senedd group leader Andrew RT Davies.

    I spoke to an experienced Labour politician in this part of the world who has been out on the doorsteps during the shortened campaign. She sounded confident Labour's vote was holding up.

    But that may not tell you much about what is happening at the other end of the spectrum, where the Conservatives are trying to convince people to keep up the habit of voting Tory.

    Sir Keir Starmer at Excelitas Technologies in St Asaph, in the Vale of Clwyd
    Image caption: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has been on the campaign trail in Wales
  8. Reform UK candidate points out low Covid rates

    Jamie Jenkins from Reform UK says the latest figures show low Covid rates "are not leading to any real impact on hospitalisations".

    The former Brexit Party says there should be no more lockdowns, claiming they have a devastating effect on the economy.

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  9. How parties are using social media to target you

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    Video caption: Welsh election 2021: How parties are targeting you on social media

    As the battle for votes heats up, a big part of it is being fought on the screen in front of you.

    Parties are using targeted social media advertising to appeal to voters both across Wales and in specific areas.

    BBC Wales' Westminster correspondent Ione Wells explains.

  10. Time to give someone else a chance, says Plaid leader

    Adam Price campaigning in Neath
    Image caption: Adam Price thinks voters want 'a new direction' from someone else

    Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price has been campaigning in Neath, a seat in south Wales held by Labour in Cardiff Bay since devolution in 1999 and for more than a century at Westminster.

    But he said that in the last few days before polling day, people were "making a decision now as families, and particularly traditional Labour voters, say they're coming over to Plaid because they feel it's time to give someone else a chance to take Wales in that new direction, with new ideas and new leadership that puts us on a different path".

    Mr Price said Plaid Cymru would "deliver opportunity for our young people, dignity for old people and give everyone in Wales the chance for a better life".

    "People are really inspired, I think, by our positive message of hope and change and belief in Wales, there's no problem in Wales that Wales cannot solve," he said.

    "But we've got to believe in our own ability to change things, and that starts with the election of a Plaid Cymru government in a few days' time."

    Adam Price
    Image caption: As the posters show, Neath has been a Labour stronghold for a century
  11. What elections are taking place on Thursday?

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    As well as the Welsh Parliament or Senedd election, you will also get the chance to vote for your local police and crime commissioner this Thursday.

    Use our postcode checker to see which elections are taking place and which candidates are on offer in your area.

    Outside Wales, there are also elections to the Scottish Parliament, the London Assembly, the Hartlepool by-election, some English councils and directly elected mayors.

  12. Green Party calls for universal basic income in benefits shake-up

    Green Party candidates in the Senedd election are backing the idea of a universal basic income, a weekly payment to everyone in Wales to help the post-pandemic recovery.

    Paid to everyone without a means test or requirement to work, the party's deputy leader Amelia Womack says it would replace a "tired, broken benefits system where so many fall through the cracks".

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  13. 'Take a few weeks' if coalition needed, says ex-FM

    Carwyn Jones
    Image caption: Carwyn Jones was first minister from 2009 to 2018

    Former first minister Carwyn Jones has suggested that any post-election coalition deal in Wales should take “a few weeks” to agree.

    Mr Jones took over from Rhodri Morgan as first minister in 2009, when Labour was already running the Welsh government in coalition with Plaid Cymru.

    Labour governed alone after making gains in the 2011 election, but after the 2016 poll Lib Dem Kirsty Williams and former Plaid Cymru leader Lord Elis-Thomas joined his administration.

    There is speculation that a new coalition could be needed if Labour loses ground in Thursday’s election, although Plaid Cymru have ruled out a “simple re-run” of 2007-11 when they were the junior partner.

    Mr Jones told BBC Radio Wales’ The Leaders’ Lounge: “Once everyone sees the numbers, everyone will be making calculations, then there will be a game of chicken – who rings who first? And then the advisers will speak to each other first and prepare the ground. All that can happen in a situation like this."

    Asked how long talks might take, he said: “Expect a few weeks.

    "If you have coalition negotiations, my view has always been you have to have as much detail as possible in a coalition agreement.

    "In 2007, we had a very detailed coalition agreement with Plaid, which meant that really there wasn’t much argument within that coalition – there was the odd disagreement here and there but nothing public because everybody knew the detail of the agreement.

    “In 2010, the Tory-Lib Dem coalition [UK government] – I remember saying at the time this is not a very detailed agreement, this is a recipe for people to interpret it in different ways, and a recipe for chaos, and that ‘s the way it turned out, to my eyes.

    “If there is going to be a coalition - nobody knows that – best that it takes a few weeks to put together with a detailed agreement than signing a piece of paper that’s one side of A4.”

    Mr Jones stood down as first minister in 2018, and was standing down as MS for Bridgend at this election.

    You can hear more from him on The Leaders’ Lounge on BBC Radio Wales at 1830 BST on Tuesday, and on BBC Sounds.

  14. Starmer: More power and responsibility for Wales

    Sir Keir Starmer visited Excelitas Technologies in St Asaph, Vale of Clwyd
    Image caption: Sir Keir Starmer (l) at Excelitas Technologies in St Asaph, Vale of Clwyd

    UK Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer emphasised the leadership of his Welsh colleague Mark Drakeford on his visit to north Wales.

    Sir Keir visited Excelitas Technologies in St Asaph, in the Vale of Clwyd – a seat the Conservatives won in Westminster at the 2019 general election.

    The company makes lenses and hi-tech goggles for the military.

    The Labour leader told BBC Wales: “It's very important to reflect on Mark Drakeford and the way he has led Wales over the last 14 months during this pandemic.

    “Very many people recognise that careful, reassuring way in which he has led Wales through to a position now where the virus level is lower in Wales than anywhere across the UK, third in the world on vaccines.”

    He said he and Mr Drakeford both want “more power and responsibility in Wales, decisions closer to people in Wales, a strong Wales in a fair United Kingdom”.

    He did not answer a question about whether he would be happy with a deal with Plaid Cymru after the election directly.

    “What we’re fighting for is a Labour-led Welsh government to continue the good work that has been done through the pandemic and lead us through the recovery," he said.

    And asked whether it was the case that the allegations against the prime minister were not cutting through with voters, Sir Keir said: “I don't actually go along with this argument that says, well it's priced in it may be that the prime minister is not being straight, but it doesn't really matter.

    “Being the prime minister of the United Kingdom is an honour, it’s a privilege, and we should not ever accept that it's priced that there should be sleaze."

  15. Health minister urges caution on foreign travel

    Vaughan Gething
    Image caption: Vaughan Gething (top right) took part in a discussion on Politics Live

    Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething has called on the UK government to remain cautious as it prepares to open up foreign travel in England.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated there will be some "opening up" of foreign travel on 17 May - but said it was important to be cautious.

    Speaking on BBC Politics Live, Mr Gething said there was "nervousness about significantly liberalising international travel in the middle of May" amongst all four governments in the UK.

    "The reality is, we know last summer we reimported coronavirus into all parts of UK with foreign travel.

    "The risks are not just about Covid case rates increasing again but of the new variants of coronavirus that are circulating in Europe and other parts of the world, and those may potentially escape the vaccination response.

    “I understand it's difficult, but it's the right thing to do to be cautious and avoid the potential harm that could come if we do have coronavirus imported.

    "Because if international travel starts in England it affects all other part of the UK as well."

    More details are expected this week to confirm when and how international travel will restart in England.

  16. UKIP: Party standing for 'decency, honesty, fairness'

    Neil Hamilton
    Image caption: Neil Hamilton was the only remaining UKIP Senedd member

    UKIP Wales leader Neil Hamilton is campaigning in Merthyr Tydfil today.

    A spokesman said the party was “standing on a platform of decency, honesty and fairness”.

    “Twenty two years of Labour government has devastated Wales and left behind communities in the south Wales valleys and north Wales,” the spokesman added.

    UKIP won seven seats at the last Welsh Assembly election in 2016. After a series of defections Mr Hamilton remained the only UKIP Senedd member in the last term.

  17. How many people will turn out to vote?

    There has never been a Welsh assembly election which has prompted half or more of the population to vote.

    The height came in the first election in 1999, with 46%.

    Will 2021 be the year to beat that?

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    Video caption: Welsh election 2021: How many people will vote?
  18. Your Senedd election questions answered

    Ione Wells
    Image caption: Ione Wells took over BBC Wales News' Instagram to answer your election questions

    Voters go to the polls on Thursday to elect the new members of the Welsh Parliament.

    The election decides who forms the Welsh government, which is in charge of devolved matters including health and social care, education and transport.

    People have submitted questions about the election to BBC Wales' Westminster correspondent Ione Wells via Instagram.

    You can read the answers here.

  19. Reform UK: Labour 'delaying' Covid restriction easing

    James Wells
    Image caption: James Wells says there is "no longer any serious pressure" on the NHS in Wales from Covid

    Reform UK - previously known as the Brexit Party - has accused Welsh Labour of “dithering and delaying” in easing Covid restrictions.

    The party, which says it will never hold another lockdown, said it is focused on reopening the economy.

    “Wales is paying the costs,” said Reform’s James Wells.

    “Yesterday one person with Covid died in the UK - in Wales there is no longer any serious pressure on the NHS from Covid.

    "Total deaths in Wales over the past four weeks have been around 12% lower than you would expect for this time of year so why are so many sectors still not fully open?

    “Each day the cost of keeping business from fully reopening grows with a total bill from furlough alone around £2bn in Wales.

    "Job losses are also contributing to the growing mental health crisis. This simply isn’t good enough.”

    Reform UK are standing in a number of seats across Wales including all the regional lists.