Vaughan Gething Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth. His  bid to be elected by the Labour Party to become First Minister of Wales is now being supported by the Labour-run Cardiff Council

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.

Cllr Huw Thomas (Labour Splott) Leader of Cardiff Council

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.

In their open letter the Labour councillors say they would be “proud to see Welsh Labour electing the first black national leader in the UK”

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 letter says Gething’s opponent Mark Drakeford has been around “since the dawn of devolution”

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]. 


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  1. PB says:

    And how would this particular man who has made no improvements that anyone can see in any post he has been given represent Wales ? Would he walk away from tough questions as he has done before or keep his head down until promoted again beyond his abilities? No where to go after First Minister, no where to hide from the tough questions while in office. My own opinion is that he’s third rate, surely we can find someone better in Welsh Labour?

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Nero fiddles while the Welsh Speaking Left Wing votes are burnt before they reach the Ballot Box.
      I will campaign and telephone canvass from dawn to dusk to ensure Welsh Labour does not commit Electoral suicide by failing to elect a bi-lingual leader of my Party.

      The Trago Mills debacle says it all. This purveyor of manure and garden parasols has chosen to declare war on the Welsh Language. Two thousands years of history says he will lose.
      We risk gifting the Assembly to Plaid if this “Momentum” style nonsense persists.

      As reported by by ITV News at Trago Mills yesterday 7/7/18

      “It’s clear that the only way to defend people from attacks like this is to have strong legislation which supports Welsh language rights. The Labour Party refuses to defend us against these big, prejudiced businesses, which is a surprise and deep disappointment to many people. Indeed, they are intent on weakening our language rights; the Minister wants to legislate in order to protect companies like Trago Mills from having to provide full Welsh language services.”


      • Peter Church says:

        I saw the Trago Mills story too!
        It sums up some types who like to think the Welsh Language is still important.
        380 jobs for Merthyr and the thanks he he gets is a slagging match from stuck up types.
        8% of people in Merthyr can speak Welsh, the % is probably higher for Polish!!
        Then again who do Welsh Labour blame for the deprivation in parts of the valleys, not Labour that for sure, and probably not even the Welsh. Its all the fault of the nasty tories for sucking the brains out of people and leaving them on disability benefits.

      • Horatio McCallister says:

        I dread to think how much money has been spent on a dying language when a perfectly good language (English) can be used to communicate far more effectively. All the money could have been far better spent on infrastructure, health, education etc. for the betterment of the majority but instead it’s been sqwandered in order to make a minority (a very small one at that) get an ego boost.

      • PB says:

        It’s my fear that even more money would be wasted on promoting the welsh language more and more at the expense of jobs and the Welsh economy that stops me from voting plaid. Wales is a small and generally poor country, we don’t seem to have any politicians capable of turning it around in any party, so they play at politics in the bay and pretend they have power over a country and blame Westminster for not giving them the handouts that they think they deserve. Although I look forward to seeing Gething involved in a debate at the next election, he comes across as a bully who likes to shout down the opposition instead of answering the questions like his current boss.

      • CC says:

        You miss the point Philip and have gone on a completely different tangent. The point that you should be commenting on and the article is about nominating a black First Minister. Your views?

  2. Christopher David says:

    There doesn’t appear to be one person in that chamber capable. So the feckless Gething is as bad as anyone. But makes little difference whom we get. It’s a large county council with dictatorship power. Lets just hope if he struts off we get someone good in charge of health. Oh plus education, transport, business and the economy, the environment ……………………………

  3. Terry healey says:

    They are all a total waste of tax payers money !! All they worry about is themselves. When it comes to answering serious questions they just dodge the bullets, best thing they could do is demolish the whole building.

    • Pete says:


    • snoggerdog says:

      take all the hot air out & have it as a greenhouse for the people. we could fill it with japanese knotweed,himalayan balsam,–ang on! thats nearly as bad as whats there at the moment.

  4. Taxpayer says:

    So agree there all a wast of the taxpayer’s money.

  5. Isn’t it racist to choose a candidate because of the colour of their skin? Surely their ability should be the determining factor?

    I just want the best person for the job elected which I don’t think is Gething.

    • David Day says:

      The reason why the Labour Party seem incapable of making progress on diversity matters is shown by this report. The Conservatives have had two women prime ministers and have two people in their government of Asian background who are both very good candidates for the next leader. They have achieved this because they have an open, meritocratic, competitive Internet system. In contrast, the socialists are obsessed with quotas and identity politics, an approach which, in the end, always hampers diversity. They want this man because he’s black not because of his emergence as a successful politician whatever his skin colour. We all must learn that wishful-thinking socialist policies always cause the exact opposite of what their proponents hope, and eschew them.

      • Glen says:

        Er, it might have escaped you but May was an inept home secretary and has carried that form into her leadership.

  6. Jack says:

    I was waiting for this.
    So predictable.

  7. Nigel Bull says:

    Predictable comments and criticism perhaps, but unfortunately all too true!

  8. Peter Church says:

    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from Gething.

  9. The Tax payer says:

    What the Hell difference does it make what colour you are ?? Can someone do the job or not is the question. As for this dim wit you only have to look at his track record so far. Sorry he did seem to get all the trees cut back at the bottom of his garden 👍😎

  10. Cogan nomen says:

    I love the welsh language
    The mutations are cute
    The docklands in Cardiff
    The marquis of Bute
    Why cause disruption
    With bilingual signs ?
    I suppose it’s a sign of the times .
    Aneuran Bevan spoke English
    To prove his point .

    This pseudo bardic culture

    Is beyond the pale .

  11. Louiseholistic says:

    I don’t care if he’s green, yellow, violet or orange. He’s useless.

  12. Kalde says:

    I see no need to limit our choice of leadership to those who speak Welsh, nor do I believe that skin colour should be the deciding factor. Please can we have someone whose competence has been proved, or does such a person not exist within the Assembly?

  13. Christopher David - not an anon says:

    Not exist Kalde- third rate windbags. The real ones go to Wetmonster. Sadly though as we’re seeing they’re second rate in these days of from school to cabinet, never worked schoolkid politicians. If we cant get able bodies in the Palace Wales has no chance.

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