Owen Smith interviewed on the campaign trail at Barry Island, in the Vale of Glamorgan
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Election 2015: Smith would give Labour colleagues 'hard words'

Labour's shadow Welsh Secretary has said he will not be afraid to publicly criticise Labour Welsh ministers' delivery of public services if he is in government at Westminster.

Owen Smith rejected accusations from opposition parties that relationships between senior Labour figures in London and Cardiff had been too cosy.

Mr Smith said: "Where there needs to be hard words there will be hard words."

He told BBC Wales the relationship was one of "critical friendship".