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Welsh Secretary accused of £200m tax cut call

The Welsh Secretary has been accused of committing his party to a tax cut costing £200m. In the Commons, Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith seized on comments made by David Jones following the news that some control of income tax could be transferred to Wales.

Owen Smith said a cut of 1p in income tax would cost £200m and challenged the Welsh Secretary to say what services he'd cut to pay for it. In response David Jones said any future tax changes would be up to a future Welsh Government.

But he repeated his call for an early referendum on devolving income tax power to the Welsh Government and said Conservatives would campaign for lower taxes.