Covid crisis makes Mark Drakeford most recognisable leader in 22 years of Welsh devolution

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Welsh first minister says there is a sense of hope as he canvasses for election campaign

Mark Drakeford has pounded the streets of Wales seeking votes for more than three decades and grown used to people going out of their way to avoid bumping into a group of canvassers on the election trail. But he says the mood has been different for this year’s Welsh parliament election campaign.

“People have stopped to talk, people have crossed the road to have a conversation. I’ve been in a number of elections in which people cross the road to make sure they don’t have to talk to you.”

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