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Mark Drakeford denies being 'bounced' into social care pledge by Corbyn

In an interview with ITV Wales, Jeremy Corbyn, said that Labour would develop a system of free social care in Wales Credit: PA

The First Minister has rejected suggestions that Welsh Labour has been bounced into a major spending commitment by the party's UK leader.

In an interview with ITV Wales on Saturday, Jeremy Corbyn, said that Labour would develop a system of free social care in Wales. The party's Welsh manifesto simply promises to ''engage with people and communities'' over ''extending free social care.''

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Mark Drakeford has insisted there's no discrepancy. He told BBC Wales' Sunday Politics that the wording is different because the Welsh Government's ''offer on social care is already far more generous than it is across our border.''

However Plaid Cymru has said it's another proof that ''Labour promises and Labour in government Labour mean different things.''

Labour's commitment to providing free social care in England is one of its main policies in this general election but decision-making on social care here is devolved to the Welsh government.

During a visit to Swansea on Saturday Jeremy Corbyn told me that ''Labour in Wales will develop a social care system [that brings] free personal care for those who need it.'' Any such spending would lead to an increase in the Welsh Government's budget but without any obligation on Welsh ministers to follow suit.

The Welsh Labour manifesto simply states that ''With this additional resource [from a UK Labour government] we would engage with people and communities to inform our approach to extending free social care.''

So has the UK leader bounced the Welsh party into a commitment? Mark Drakeford was asked that on BBC Wales' Sunday Politics programme. He said,

No he hasn't misunderstood at all because I had an opportunity to discuss all this with him. if we get a labour government in Westminster committed to free social care then of course there will be consequential funding that will come here in Wales. Now our social care offer is already far more generous than it is across our border so it wouldn't be identical, that's why we use our own words in our own manifesto. But if we have the funding, of course we will match the standards and the qualification of social care that will be there in other parts of the united kingdom because we already exceed them.

– Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister

Plaid Cymru has seized on it as evidence of Labour promising one thing at a UK level and doing another in Wales.

Labour in Wales could deliver free social care tomorrow if they wanted to. But they choose not to. Meanwhile, Plaid Cymru is promising free social care at the point of need for everyone in Wales. In Wales, Labour has had twenty years in government to deliver ‘real change’ but has failed to do so and instead find themselves defending worse A&E waiting times than England, health board scandal after health board scandal and a worrying fall in the number of GPs.

That’s why twice on TV debates this election, poorly briefed Labour politicians have failed to give credible answers to questions on their own Labour government’s record in Wales. Richard Burgon simply smiled when asked why Labour had chosen not to deliver free social care in Wales, where they have the power to do so.

You only have to look to Labour in government in Wales to see that Labour promises and Labour in government Labour mean different things.

– Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru

Jeremy Corbyn's two day tour of Wales continues on Sunday with visits to seats across the North.

During his visit to Bangor, Corbyn insisted he was not attempting to override the Welsh leadership.

Time is running out for all parties: there are just three full days left until voting begins in the General Election.