A minute's silence will be observed in Wales today on the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster.
Labour On Top Of The Polls In Wales
With 44 days until the General Election it looks like Labour are the front runners in Wales.
There’s been a long history of the party’s dominance in Wales, securing 19 consecutive General Elections with the most votes and the majority of seats.
In the most recent opinion polls, findings show popularity has gone up since the last election of the coalition Government, along with UKIP and the Green Party.
People were also asked to rate leaders on a scale of 0-10 for their likeability and Ed Miliband came out on top with a score of 4.
David Cameron scored an average of 3.4, the same as UKIP leader Nigel Farage, while Nick Clegg received the lowest score of 3.1.
However party leaders in Wales did slightly better.
Carwyn Jones was given 5 out of 10, while Welsh Lib Dem and Plaid Cymru leaders Kirsty Williams and Leanne Wood scored an average of 4.4.
Professor Roger Scully is from the Wales Governance Centre and has been analysing the data:
“I think to some people that says something about the sort of people we have leading the parties in Wales.
“They’ve come over to the public as somewhat more attractive political personalities than their equivalents in London.”
All 7 party leaders will be taking part in a televised debate ahead of the election and Professor Scully says it could benefit some more than others:
“There may be potential for Leanne wood, who even in Wales is still not that well known by many people.
“If she performs well in the debates then that could raise not only her profile, but her popularity quite considerably.”
We’ll take the polling stations on May 7th .
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