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BBC Wales's political reporter Catrin Evans
"Waiting list figures are due to be published "
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Wednesday, 30 May, 2001, 06:27 GMT 07:27 UK
Kennedy turns focus on health
Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy
Charles Kennedy on his last visit to Cardiff
Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy makes his third visit to Wales as his party turn to health campaigning.

This latest visit comes just hours after the leader made an impassioned speech in Edinburgh against the "shortbread socialism" of the Scottish Nationalists.

Mr Kennedy, who will be visiting Ystradgynlais in the Swansea Valley, has already described a vote for Plaid Cymru in the June election as a "wasted vote."

Devolution has left Mr Kennedy a difficult tightrope to walk, presenting the Liberal Democrat as a party of government in Wales and Scotland and opposition in Westminster.

Former Welsh Secretary Peter Walker:
Former Welsh Secretary Peter Walker: Campaigning

In Wales, the party which holds two rural seats in the middle of the country, are desparately keen to try to capture the student-dominated Cardiff Central seat, which was held by Labour at the last election.

With waiting list figures due out later on Wednesday, Plaid Cymru, too, will be looking at health matters with Conwy candidate Ann Owen visiting Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

Party leader Ieuan Wyn Jones will meet ethnic minority leaders in Pill, Newport, where the far-right British National party are fielding their single Welsh candidate.

The Conservatives meanwhile have the 1980s former Welsh Secretary Peter Walker heading their campaigning on the effects of foot-and-mouth.

Lord Walker will campaign among farmers in Rhayader and Builth Wells, while Tim Yeo, the shadow agriculture spokesman returns to canvass support in Denbigh.

As new crime figures are released, Labour will concentrate their efforts on policing with Home Office Minister Charles Clarke at the helm.

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