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First Minister welcomes Labour government in Westminster

05 Jul 2024 3 minute read
Keir Starmer and Vaughan Gething – Image: Stefan Rousseau

Emily Price

First Minister Vaughan Gething has congratulated Keir Starmer on becoming Prime Minister and welcomed the formation of a Labour government in Westminster.

The UK’s new Prime Minister promised to rebuild trust in politics and restore hope to the nation after a landslide Labour victory in the General Election.

In his first speech in Downing Street, Sir Keir said the British people had voted “decisively for change”.

He said: “When the gap between the sacrifices made by people and the service they receive from politicians grows this big, it leads to a weariness in the heart of a nation, a draining away of the hope, the spirit, the belief in a better future.

“But we need to move forward together. Now this wound, this lack of trust can only be healed by actions not words, I know that.”

The Welsh First Minister said it was a “major opportunity to re-set relations and begin a new era of partnership” on a shared vision for Wales.


He said: “The Welsh Government has consistently made the case for a UK Government approach that backs a stronger Wales in a fairer United Kingdom.

“The mandate the new UK Government has won provides the platform for that change. With two governments working together, we can help more people plan secure, ambitious futures in Wales.

“I look forward to establishing a new partnership with the new UK Government as early as possible, with mutual respect and a sense of common purpose.

“With a focus on economic growth and a new approach that backs Wales’ green growth potential, we can unlock more ambitious opportunities across Wales.

“New commitments on repairing and extending devolution, after a sustained period of attacks, offers a new era for the Senedd and the Welsh Government.”


Mr Gething has found himself the embroiled in several rows during the election campaign period over donations to his own campaign to become Welsh Labour leader and messages he deleted from a ministerial group chat during the pandemic.

Sir Keir visited Wales less than 24 hours before millions of voters visited polling stations around the country.

On working with the First Minister, the Labour leader told journalists at the campaign event in Carmarthen that Mr Gething had his full backing.

He added that on recent Tata Steel developments, the First Minister’s “first instinct” had been to get in touch to ask how they could ensure a future for Welsh steel.

Mr Starmer said: “That’s the First Minister I know. That’s what I expect of him. And it’s a glimpse of the way in which we would work together to deliver for Wales.”

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10 days ago

When you look at the results in Llanelli 12,700 voted for Nia Griffith but approximately 30,000 didn’t vote for her when you add up the other parties’ results. In reality then, Nia Griffith is not really a true representative of the town because more than two-thirds voted for someone else!! I know quite well how the system works but it does sound a little unfair. Of course this applies all over Britain.

10 days ago

starmers true character exposed!! best mates with the most corrupt politician in the UK!!

10 days ago

But as Gething has kept telling. us all come the election and Labour win Starmer is willing to pay the 2.5billion to save Port Talbot steel . So let’s see if Gething was leading the steelworkers up a garden path we all knew that he was or are we wrong

Old Curmudgeon
Old Curmudgeon
9 days ago

I’ll give Mr Starmer time to prove himself but as long as he supports our Rogue first minister I won’t believe he gives a fig about Wales. 2026 is not far away and so far (esp with new electoral system) I need to be convinced before I can vote for Welsh Labour. Plaid Cymru have a chance to make their mark and I really hope they don’t take their eye off the ball.

9 days ago

So he’s fine with taking a back seat to English people that no one in Wales voted for? We really are nothing more than a province of Rome, oh wait, I mean Angleland. Whatever happened to Britons shall never be slaves?!

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