A number of senior Labour councillors in Wales have declared their support for Cardiff South and Penarth Labour AM Vaughan Gething to become the next Leader of the Labour Party in Wales – and ergo – the next First Minister of Wales.
The four leaders include Huw Thomas – the leader of Labour-controlled Cardiff Council who represents the Splott Ward – part of the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency which Gething controls.
Other signatories are Anthony Hunt Leader of the left-wing Torfaen Council, Cllr Dimitri Batrouni, Labour group leader in Monmouthshire Countyu Council and Cllr Matthew Dorrance Labour group leader in Powys County Council.
Gething – a trade union solicitor by profession – lives in Penarth but was brought up in Dorset and born in Zambia . Currently he is one vote short of having enough support to enter the leadership contest.
The four signatories are implicitly dismissive of the front-runner for the Labour leadership – the ageing left-wing Corbyn-supporting Professor Mark Drakeford – whom the letter says (somewhat uncharitably) “has been at the centre of Welsh Government since the dawn of devolution.”
The letter calls for a “partnership approach – working with our dedicated public servants not against them” . [ “Partnership” is Labour Party code for its vision of a “seamless” blanket, wall-to-wall, Labour-run Welsh Government, backed by exclusively Labour-run local authorities and town councils, and which all public institutions are packed with majority Labour appointees].