WALES’ FIRST MINISTER Mark Drakeford has unveiled a ‘bold and ambitious’ plan for the country but calls for independence continue to grow.

In a poll conducted by ITV, almost 40% of voters have said they would back Welsh independence.

That is the highest it has ever been with Plaid Cymru stating that only they can deliver an independence referendum for Wales.

YesCymru Chair Siôn Jobbins said the poll was “a major step forward” for the movement.

“Although individual polls may go up and down the overall trend shows that more and more people are coming to the conclusion that the people of Wales are best placed to manage their own affairs like every other country,” he said.

The Welsh Labour leader said that the country would face many challenges in the coming years but added that they would use those challenges to build a better country for future generations.

Welsh Labour has released a party political broadcast in which voters from across Wales have given their backing to Mark Drakeford.

The broadcast will be shown on tv tonight as the build up to the elections in May continues.

In it, the minister said the views of the people make Wales the country he is ‘proud to lead’.

Mr Drakeford adds: “It is stories like theirs that inspire me and my Government every day as we chart a path together out of this pandemic, determined to use the lessons we have learnt to move Wales forward.

On his vision to move Wales forward, he says: “Our vision for Wales is bold and ambitious – as it should be. And as we have seen more than ever in this past year, ours is a country that has extraordinary capacity to meet the sternest of challenges. To not just match other countries, but to show them the way.

“I know the months ahead will bring difficulties and there will be disappointments.

“But I believe more firmly than ever that Wales does not just stand ready to overcome them – but to use these challenges to build a country that is ready to face the future with confidence – so that we can move Wales forward together.”