Vaughan Gething (Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth) who is standing for election as Welsh Labour Leader [and, if elected, would become the next First Minister for Wales] is having his campaign partly-funded by a company which was fined for illegally dumping waste in the environmentally sensitive Gwent Levels.
The company is Neal Soil Suppliers, founded by David John Neal of Rumney, Cardiff.
In May 2013 the BBC reported that Mr Neal was fined £10,000 and sentenced to a suspended prison term of 3 months. His firm Neal Soil Suppliers Ltd – which is now helping to fund Vaughan Gething’s Labour leadership campaign – was (along with another of Mr Neal’s companies) fined £100,000 plus costs after pleading guilty to the illegal-dumping offences . (See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-22706505)
Cardiff Magistrates Court heard that “substantial and serious pollution” had leaked toxic liquid into local water sources on the environmentally sensitive Gwent Levels – and area of Special Scientific Interest (SSI). That prosecution and consequent conviction followed a year-long investigation by the Welsh Government’s own environmental watchdog Natural Resources Wales, [a Welsh Labour Government quango ] by the Environment Agency and by South Wales Police.
The BBC reported that Mr Neal “pleaded guilty personally to breaches of environmental rules and also pleaded guilty on behalf of his two companies to depositing waste likely to cause pollution to the environment or harm to human health.” Judge Brown said there had been “substantial and serious pollution”.
Four years later however the rubbish had still not been removed and in November 2017 the BBC reported a further court case, another fine and suspended sentence on Mr Neal and a further fine on the second of his two conpanies Atlantic Recycling (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-42157077)
Another of the Vaughan Gething Leadership Campaign’s financial supporters is HSG Facilities Management – a firm run by a former Cardiff councillor Ashley Govier . In 2013 there was controversy when another of Mr Govier’s companies, IOS Employment Services Ltd, was reported by Wales on Line was about to be struck off and had allegedly been failing to pay its own employees the Living Wage. (See https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/ashley-govier-faces-resignation-calls-5648760 ) .In November 2015 Mr Govier – who represented Grangetown – announced he was not seeking re-election as a member of Cardiff Council and is no longer on the council.
Others funding Vaughan Gething’s Labour leadership campaign are declared [incorrectly] as Signature Living Hotels Ltd [the company is actually called “Signature Living Hotel Ltd”] , Dr Has Shah , Aditya Singal, and architect Jacqui Walmsley.
Meanwhile nominations from constituency Labour Parties indicate that Mark Drakeford is comfortably in the lead and that so far Gething has so far only secured 1 nomination .