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Summary

  1. Wednesday 22 April 2015
  2. BBC Wales has been in Guildhall Square, Carmarthen, for day 2 of our election tour
  3. Online, television and radio have been taking the political temperature
  4. Just 15 days until polling
  5. Voters have been having their say on the big issues

Live Reporting

By Andy Roberts, Rhiannon Beacham, Nicola Bryan and Steffan Messenger

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's all from our live online coverage from Carmarthen for today. The BBC Wales election tent is still open in Guildhall Square if you want to share your views, and look out for BBC Wales Today coming live from the town at 6.30pm.

We'll be in Ceredigion on Friday when our tour calls at The Square in Tregaron. Join us in person or online!

BBC Wales election tent in Carmarthen
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Malcolm Meredith OBE says "the number one issue has to be the economy".

Malcolm Meredith
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The 76-year-old, originally from Swansea but now living in Carmarthen, says: "The national debt has to be addressed.

"It is all well and good talking about the NHS and education but how can we fund it?

"We need manufacturing industries to create real wealth.

"The question is which politician do you trust the most because they're all saying they'll deal with the deficit."

Voting has been taking place today - in the Newyddion 9 poll of the most important election issues. There's still time to have your say - come to the BBC Wales election tent in Guildhall Square. The results will be revealed at 9pm tonight on S4C.

Newyddion 9 voting form
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Margaret Thomas and Frances Graham feel politicians lack Christian values.

Margaret Thomas and Frances Graham
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Margaret, 72, from Drefach Felindre, said: "I care a lot about the lack of respect for life. I'm against euthanasia and abortion. All people want to talk about are money and benefits.

"Muslim people see us as a very materialistic, godless society. We need to show them that we live by Christian values and try and stop young people joining Islamic State.

"I think it's sad that children are brought up without both parents.

"I cannot vote for any of the main parties because none of them seem to care about the things I care about. All they want to talk about is economics and maintaining the status quo."

Frances, 63, who lives in Swansea, said: "I care about family. I'm a Christian and that colours the way I see everything.

"We have a huge Christian heritage. Muslims have strong values but as a community we're lethargic.

"I don't know who I want to vote for. I haven't seen anyone who represents my values."

Just seventeen - sixth formers from Ysgol Bro Myrddin in Carmarthen share their views on the forthcoming election.

Sixth formers from Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Carmarthen
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Aled: "I'm interested in politics. These people make big decisions for us. I'm looking forward to being able to vote. Tuition fees are a big consideration. I am planning on going to university - at least the student loan doesn't have to be paid off in one chunk."

Siwan: "I am concerned about tuition fees, the NHS and the future of the Welsh language. I want Wales to get the same deal as Scotland."

Gwennan: "We need more graduate jobs in Wales. Thousands of young people leave Carmarthenshire every year for uni and don't return because there are no jobs."

Gwawr: "I want to see voting lowered to 16. We saw how exciting that was in Scotland during the referendum."

Constantine K, 58, a Big Issue seller from Bulgaria, has lived all over the world and says the UK is better than many other countries.

Constantine K, a Big Issue seller from Bulgaria in Carmarthen
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"I'm not going to vote - I'm not sure if I'm allowed to and I wouldn't know who to vote for. They're all the same.

"This country is better than many others. This country should be paradise and in many ways it is - free medical care, free medication, and you keep crime low with the benefits system.

"I avoid being on benefits by selling this magazine - it gives me some dignity but it's not easy to sell.

"This country will carry on whoever is going to run it. The main thing is education - you need to do something about improving that and create a generation of young intelligent people.

"I asked a group of 12 and 13 year olds 'what's the capital of Sweden' and they said Belgium!

"As far as immigration goes, you don't need everybody in this country. It has to be controlled."

Missy and Tinker - Bedlington terriers visiting Carmarthen from Barry, where

our election tour began on Monday. Will they be joining us in Tregaron on Friday?

Bedlington terriers Missy and Tinker
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Despite the attractions of St Catherine's Walk, other parts of Carmarthen town centre are suffering.

Empty shop in Carmarthen
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The shopping centre was built on the site of the town's old livestock market, commemorated by statues of a drover and his animals.

Statue of a drover and his animals in Carmarthen
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Going live - Jamie Owen presents the lunchtime edition of BBC Wales Today from Carmarthen Castle

Jamie Owen
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Chantelle Tovey, 25, from Tenby, says she probably won't vote.

Chantelle Tovey
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"I've voted before but I probably won't this time.

"I think they should help the middle class rather than the rich and they just need to help the younger generation more.

"We need more jobs definitely and we need to be like Australia when it comes to immigration."

Jamie Owen gets ready to present BBC Wales Today live from Carmarthen Castle at 1.30pm

Jamie Owen
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Denise Evans, 59, is a market trader from Pontardawe, concerned about the NHS and education.

Denise Evans
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"I think we should charge for prescriptions because it's ridiculous that England pay - they're a much larger country and with all that money they are still failing.

"We are so behind it's going to erupt. We are in crisis now, something is going to happen, money has got to be spent on the NHS or we disband it.

"As for education, I want to see smaller classes. I'm an ex-teacher who worked in private schools in England and state schools in Wales.

"The teachers we have here are as good as any private school but it's not the same teaching a class of 30 as a class of 16 and it all comes down to money.

"We complain education is failing but it will never work with classes as they are."

Immigration is a key issue for Mary Squirrell and Kay Marbertt, from Redberth, near Tenby.

Mary Squirrell and Kay Marbertt, from Redberth, near Tenby
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Mary says: "I think the country is overloaded as immigrants are getting in through the back door. There's not enough room. We should leave the EU, it's costing millions.

"I'm also really concerned about loneliness in old people but also in other people too. No one seems to care. Some people don't have family nearby and need visitors.

Kay says: "I'm also worried about immigration. People are taking money out of the country when they've never put anything in.

Mary Smith, 78, is on a day trip from North Cornelly, near Bridgend

Mary Smith
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"I always vote but I don't know who to vote for this time.

"I don't like the idea of all the money prime ministers have.

"My daughter's a nurse and my son is a psychiatric nurse but I don't think they get the money they deserve. That's my biggest worry.

"I don't worry about myself - I'm quite happy with what I've got."

David Llewellyn Davies, 68, from Llandysul, runs a book stall

David Llewellyn Davies
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"None of the parties have anything to offer working people once they get in.

"I feel sorry for the traders here - it's poor.

"The council does nothing for the traders here or to encourage people to come. Carmarthen is slowly dying."

Gallow, 31, helps run a clothes stall in Carmarthen market.

Gallow, on Carmarthen market
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"Jobs is one of the main issues for me - how are they going to create more?"

John Hywel Thomas, 67, from Llandysul

John Hywel Thomas
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"I don't like politics - they only argue against each other. You can't get the truth out of them - but I think I will vote.

"I'd like more pension. I was a painter and decorator but retired due to ill-health.

"I'd also like to see more money go to the health service."

Margaret Fisher, 85, from Carmarthen, intends to use her vote.

Margaret Fisher
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"My main concern is health. If a child wants to get on in education they will, like we used to years ago. But the same can't be said of health.

"I can't get the doctor that I want immediately - you have to wait months.

"In an emergency the NHS is brilliant, but it's the day-to-day that I worry about.

"It concerns me that some drugs are available in England and not in Wales."

Steffan Messenger has returned to his home patch of Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire for the tour. Check out a video guide to the area

on his Facebook page.

Pembrokeshire coast
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Fishmonger Bev Harris, 45, from Carmarthen, is sceptical of political promises.

Bev Harris
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"I will vote but I don't really take it all in what they say.

"I think they could improve the NHS and create more jobs.

"They all say they're going to change things but when they come in nothing seems to change or get any better."

The town is in the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat - a key election battleground.

Read our guide to the area by BBC Wales political correspondent Daniel Davies.

Dan Davies
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BBC Wales parliamentary correspondent David Cornock

tweets: Good to see Wales's oldest newspaper (1810) @Carmjournal thriving - with a little help from the marketing people

Carmarthen Journal street sign
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Nigel, a butcher originally from the Midlands, says he hasn't really felt the recession.

Nigel, a butcher in Carmarthen market
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"The supermarkets struggle to compete with me on price and personal service.

"I'm worried about immigration after losing my job at a processing plant to the Polish."

Geina Morgan, 39, and her mother Jan Cantle, 62, have come from Llanelli to go shopping.

Geina Morgan and Jan Cantle
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Geina says: "I haven't decided who to vote for. I get bored of them all saying the same thing.

"Don't get me started on benefits. I claim carer's allowance, income support, housing benefit, council tax and free school dinners.

"People think I'm scrounging off the system but actually I'm caring for my dad.

"Programmes like Benefit Street make me want to throw things at the telly."

Her mum Jan says: "The politicians are all just blaming each other.

"I will vote, I always do.

"I want to see the end of bedroom tax. I have a council house and my husband has just gone into a care home but we needed the spare room to store all his equipment like a hoist, hospital bed, and two wheelchairs.

"I also want to see all kids getting free school meals - breakfast and lunch."

Jamie Owen is here - he'll be presenting BBC Wales Today live from Carmarthen at 1.30pm

Jamie Owen
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Josh Lowe, 24, runs his own business - Final Boss Gaming in Carmarthen market.

Josh Lowe
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"I want to expand but business rates are so crippling.

"If I wanted to get out on to the high street I'd have to be taking in four times more a week to cover rent and rates.

"They wonder why the centre of town is dying. What help are the politicians going to give me? If they talked more about small businesses that could win my vote."

Munir Butt, 43, from Llanelli, runs a clothes stall in the market.

Munir Butt
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"The work here is ok, I'm here Wednesdays and Saturdays.

"But the shops are shut and that doesn't help, they need more tourists coming in to the town centre.

"It's market day, lovely weather but it's still quiet."

Brian Murphy, 64, from Cross Hands, runs a household and fancy goods stall.

Brian Murphy
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He's not happy with the state of the nation, or the way it's being run.

"The banks in London are taking too much and nothing is happening down here. There's no work here. The standard wage in Wales is lower than everywhere else.

"The people in Parliament get 75 grand a year and we get a mention now and again. The hospitals are terrible. Market traders here are only taking money five months of the year.

"The only good thing is Carmarthen is the best tourist town in south Wales now.

Steffan Messenger
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Steffan Messenger is our youth correspondent for the election campaign - share your thoughts using the hashtag #ineverknew and follow him on

Facebook.

Garry Owen
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Garry Owen of BBC Radio Cymru meets his doppelganger!

Oliver Hides talks to people in Carmarthen
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Oliver Hides has already been in town, presenting Good Morning Wales on BBC Radio Wales and talking to residents about the issues that matter.

BBC Wales election tent in Carmarthen
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Come and see us in our election tent in Guildhall Square.

The BBC Wales election tour has called in at Carmarthen - we'll be taking the political temperature of the town, in one of the key campaign battlegrounds.