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