Defeated: Penarth Labour AM Vaughan Gething was not elected as Welsh Labour Leader

The Labour Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth – Vaughan Gething – heard at 2.45 today that Mark Drakeford is to be the new leader of the Labour Party in Wales – thus dashing Gething’s hopes of taking the job and becoming First Minister.

It’s understood that about 175,000 Labour Party members participated in the election  either through their individual membership of the party or through an affiliated trade union or group.

The three contenders together on the right wait for the official announcement which was made by the Deputy Welsh Labour leader Carolyn Harris at the Cardiff Principality Stadium

Gething was standing against Mark Drakeford and Eluned Morgan. Some candidates appeared to have advance-knowledge of the extent of their support. Gething had already paid tribute to his supporters – a sure-fire sign that he’d lost.

In the first round of voting, Drakeford won 46.9% of the vote with Gething a disappointing and rather poor second  on 30.8% and Mid and West Wales AM Eluned Morgan – a late starter in the campaign – coming in last at 22.3%.

After Eluned Morgan’s votes were redistributed on the basis of the voters’ second preferences,  Drakeford had 53.9% and Gething 46.1%.

The announcement of the new Labour Leader’s name came at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff at 14.45 this afternoon . It was to have been at 14:00 but was delayed.

Procedure then dictates that this will then be followed by a further election carried out by Assembly Members as to who is to become the new First Minister of the Welsh Government (almost inevitably Mark Drakeford ). Current First Minister Carwyn Jones, is due to relinquish his office and clear out his desk on Tuesday next week.

After the defeat Vaughan Gething received several Twitter messages of sympathy – but not all Twitter messages were supportive:-

Not all Twitter merssages were supportive of Gerthing

In a Twitter message Gething himself said he was “disappointed” at the outcome of the election:-

Gething’s message to his supporters and his rivals.

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  1. Christopher David says:

    Did the unions get a block vote?

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Very proud to have supported and campaigned for Mark Drakeford
      “Cometh the hour cometh the man”

      Next week will be more interesting after Teresa May’s fourth Parliamentary defeat with her deal rejected and she resigns,

      Election isn’t called so to save time a Coalition is convened by order of Her Majesty on advice of the Privy Council.

      My predictions for the new Coalition Cabinet are.

      PM also Secretary of State for Allotments and Dig for Victory Jeremy Corbyn

      Defence Secretary- Sean Edwards (by kind permission of W.R.U)

      Secretary of State for Wales is Elis James as he is hilariously funny in both our languages and and an even bigger comedian than Alun Cairns

      Minister for Hunger Marches and post Brexit Riots -whoever is UKIP Leader of the Month

      Fred the Shred comes out of Retirement to become Chancellor and responsible for Universal Credit..

      Foreign Secretary – Post abolished – We won’t need one post Brexit. This position is redundant as we no longer deal with Foreigners.

      Secretary of State for Education and the new Anglo Saxon Language Act- Jeremy Hunt.
      Crucial role this as we are all have been well and truly Lady Chatterley-ed by the DUP

      Minister for Hairdressing Boris Johnson (as we are in for a scalping)

      Minister for Food Shortages, Rail and Traffic Jams at Dover Eddie Stobart jnr.

      Secretary of State for Diversity Lord Farage of Clacton on Sea

    • cw james says:


  2. Frank Evans says:

    Getting I will tell you now if you like
    You have lost🤣

  3. Taffy says:

    Let me say now that it will be an unmitigated disaster if Gething gets it.

    • Taxpayer says:

      The God he did not,

      • Penarthur says:

        Just bumped into him crossing Plassey St in the rain with one kid on his shoulders and his wife and other child. Can’t imagine many other wannabe national leaders out like that.
        Maybe he’s not so bad.

  4. Kimmy girl says:

    Ha can’t even manage NHS Wales. XXXX (place whatever name) help us!

  5. Kimmy girl says:

    At least its not Gething!

  6. Sofraniaeth says:

    Glad that Geiger didn’t win.

  7. Frank Evans says:

    Does this mean he will now go away and we hear from him again. In the reshuffle he will become minister for pizza leafleting in Penarth Heights 😭

  8. snoggerdog says:

    gething there—– not

  9. Ocobblepot says:

    Oh dear … how sad .. never mind.

  10. Steven says:

    But at least he can poach an egg.


  11. Frank Evans says:

    The person I feel sorry for is Lynn Neagle. She backed a loser and will have to spend the rest of her career on the back benches.
    But hey cheer up at least you got your kids educated in Penarth at the tax payers expense rather than Torfaen.
    The AM labour gravy train is not all that bad.
    Ps are still in touch with the Kinnock’s

  12. Jed says:

    Thank goodness, it was all about him and his career – nothing for the poor saps that vote and pay for him. I can’t believe how close it was! This is a guy who lets foreign interests splash mud from a nuclear reactor site all over the coast of his own constituency for goodness sake!!

    • George says:

      Totally agree with Jed, as Lord Sugar might say next time can we have some new candidates.Don’t want Geiger getting in based on least worst alternative

  13. Lind says:

    If people think they could do better than our current politicians then please do stand against them . It’s very easy to criticise and not so easy to be in the public eye .

  14. Christopher David says:

    Yawn- what a time worn cliché Lind. That’s the answer then- we’ll ALL stand for office. Hells bells. Al da Sugar might say……… you’re fired 😉

    • Anna says:

      I agree with Linda . Just don’t keep criticising – it’s pathetic .

      • Christopher David says:

        Thanks Anna that’s very constructive- I’ll take that on board- the mud dumper heh. Meanwhile on the topic of standing. Lets hope we get some decent AM’s in place for the future. The ruddy lightweights we end up with in Wales is becoming very worrying. Mind Westminster has a dearth of talent right now as Brexit is highlighting. I am really hoping the next generation will do better as the crisis’s we’re facing mount.

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