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Vaughan Gething announces Welsh Labour leadership bid

14 Dec 2023 2 minute read
Vaughan Gething. Picture by the Welsh Government.

Vaughan Gething, Wales’ Economy Minister, has announced his bid for the Welsh Labour leadership today.

Gething is considered to be one of the frontrunners along with Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, who has yet to announce that he is standing.

The leadership race was triggered yesterday with the announcement that Mark Drakeford will step down as Wales’ First Minister in March.

Statement shared to X

In a statement shared to X, formerly known as Twitter, Mr Gething wrote: “I am announcing my intention to stand to be the next leader of Welsh Labour.”

“I do so in full recognition of the full task ahead of us, both as a party and as a government.”

“We can only maintain our record of winning elections and fighting for the people of Wales if we are a united, modern, diverse movement which reflects this nation’s ambitions for the future.

“I am deeply honoured to have such strong support from right across the party, and the country, to build on Mark’s remarkable legacy.

“With a General Election on the horizon, Wales has a crucial opportunity to have two Labour governments working side-by-side to deliver real change in our communities and repair the damage wreaked by the toxic Tory years.”

‘Working with Keir’

“I will do my utmost, working with Keir and all our party colleagues, to secure a Labour victory in that election and bring the change we so desperately need.

“I look forward to a positive leadership contest where I plan to set out an energetic agenda for our country’s future.

“For everyone who calls Wales home, I look forward to listening to your hopes, ambitions and concerns in the coming weeks.”

Health Minister, Eluned Morgan, and Deputy Minister for Social Justice, Hannah Blythyn are also thought to be considering their position as possible candidates, but Mr Gething is the first person so far to confirm his intention.

Vaughan Gething’s statement shared on X

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Gary H
Gary H
2 months ago

Please please no. I fear he will split the Labour Party into factions and will provide a non-cooperative model of government. He will not unify the nation like Mr Drakeford has done. Please can we have J Miles who is somuch more aconsensus politician.

robin campbell
robin campbell
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary H

He’s been pencilled in by Starmer and Jo Stevens as our next Coloial Governor

Annibendod
Annibendod
2 months ago
Reply to  robin campbell

Yup. There was a piece on him in the Guardian recently. Oh my! Mae’n gwneud i mi ystyried chwilio am ryw ynys rhywle fe allwn ni Gymry symud iddo a dianc y sioe baw ‘ma.

Annibendod
Annibendod
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary H

I’d rather Rhun ap Iorwerth as 1st minister personally.

Ben
Ben
2 months ago
Reply to  Gary H

#Savekilveyhill bad finance choices

Richard E
Richard E
2 months ago

Oh ! Now it starts …. …and first of all he needs a map ( perhaps one of coastal n wales from Janet FS as its the only one she uses ) A copy of “ Welsh in a Week “ that good old Teddy Millwood used with Charles Windsor@ Aberystwyth Then perhaps a brief course on listening to others and trying to take folk with you ? Finally i would recommend looking at the past speaches of Lord DET – this will help develop a sense of humour and a much needed thick political skin……an advantage Mark D had… Read more »

Richard Burton
Richard Burton
2 months ago

I couldn’t think of anyone more unsuited for this job.

robin campbell
robin campbell
2 months ago
Reply to  Richard Burton

Starmer’s got him pencilled in and Jo Stevens as Colonial Governor. Will Jeremy Miles be pushed from standing?

Annibendod
Annibendod
2 months ago
Reply to  Richard Burton

He’s a right wing anti-devolutionist. He’s also arrogant and egotistical. Perfect for Starmer’s brave new Conservatives.

hdavies15
hdavies15
2 months ago

This leadership contest should turn out to be a comic mix of unionist posturing with bland attempts at displaying a love of Wales. Sort of stuff that’s very similar to how paedos talk about children, or the love wife beaters show for their partners.

Cwm Rhondda
Cwm Rhondda
2 months ago

Vaughan Gething = unionist lackey

Iago Traferth
Iago Traferth
2 months ago

An excellent politician with a first class mind.

oatmaster
oatmaster
2 months ago

Come back Carwyn, all is forgiven!

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
2 months ago

Would not be my choice

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
2 months ago

Dewis gwael iawn. Jeremy Miles would be my choice. I think he’s an all round better politician, has a bit more charisma, more able to negotiate, less likely to take orders from London, and is able to speak in coherent sentences!

James
James
2 months ago

Should be JM, at least it feels he has some sort of back bone.

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
2 months ago

Why are the electorate not being given a chance to decide ? Is this a one-party state? We want a first minister to defend the rights of the people of Wales and to stop the UK government from extracting our wealth for their own. Mr Gething talks about an alliance with UK if England decides to vote UK Labour. That may work in the short time but supposing the UK vote for a government that Wales doesn’t want ? Is there a Plan B ? No, because we will be in the same situation as we are in now or… Read more »

Annibendod
Annibendod
2 months ago

Gething has a known antipathy towards Welsh political emancipation. He’s an ambitious Labour man in the Kinnock mould – and he is an infamous Dic Sion Dafydd.

Annibendod
Annibendod
2 months ago

“For everyone who calls Wales home, I look forward to listening to your hopes, ambitions and concerns in the coming weeks.”

I hope the UK is dissolved, I have the ambition of Democratic Welsh Statehood and I am concerned that voting Labour validates ruinous Tory Governance of Wales thanks to Labour’s support of the continuance of the Tory State. Now then Vaughan, do you think my vote would be safe with you? Probably not eh …

Rhddwen y Sais
Rhddwen y Sais
2 months ago
Reply to  Annibendod

I totally agree but before we can be independent we need an international global airport, hospitals so we are not reliant on English hospitals as we are now.

mike
mike
2 months ago

‘Ething Useless

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