Shadow Welsh Secretary has hit back at claims that he and fellow Labour MPs have 'torpedoed' proposals to transfer control of some taxes including income tax (following a referendum) to the Welsh Government. Owen Smith said:
– Owen Smith MP, Shadow Welsh Secretary
Labour is the party that campaigned for devolution and delivered it for Wales and Scotland, and we support additional powers where they will help grow the Welsh economy, such as borrowing powers to invest in infrastructure. But we will not risk undermining the solidarity of the union with other parts of the UK, nor the ability to redistribute between richer and poorer areas. It is only the nationalists with their desire to break up the UK, and the Tories who want to undermine public services, that would proceed to major new powers without a full analysis and very careful consideration.