The newly re-elected Labour Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth – Vaughan Gething – has claimed that the Welsh Labour Party does have a mandate to form a government.
He said ” We” [meaning the Labour Party] “recognise we’ve got responsibilities to the people of Wales. We think we have a mandate to form a government in Welsh Labour”.
Gething went on to reject suggestions from other parties that Labour had behaved in an “arrogant” manner by pressing ahead Wednesday’s vote without securing majority support. He claimed that was “pretty extraordinary “ to assert it was ‘arrogant’ to say “the leader of the largest party should be the First Minister of Wales”.
Plaid Cymru’s leader Leanne Wood has moved to break the deadlock by writing to Labour leader Carwyn Jones . As a result there are to be talks today between Jane Hutt (Labour AM for the Vale of Glamorgan) and Plaid Cymru . These talks will not involve the leaders of either party .
In a surprise development yesterday UKIP Wales leader Nathan Gill (who failed to be elected as Leader of UKIP by fellow UKIP AMs in the Assembly) declared that he would be prepared to back moves to re-elect former Labour First Minister Carwyn Jones – subject to agreement over some manifesto policies. UKIP is particularly keen to get tolls scrapped on the Severn Bridge.
Similar smoke-signals were also sent up by UKIP AM Mark Reckless, although whether they had the sanction of UKIP’s elected Leader in the Assembly Neil Hamilton is less clear .
A full week has now gone by since last week’s Welsh Assembly elections – during which Wales has somehow managed to survive without a government.