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Vaughan Gething loses vote of no confidence in his leadership

WALES’ First Minister, Vaughan Gething has lost a vote of no confidence in his leadership in the Welsh Parliament.

He was seen in tears in the chamber before the vote was taken.

29 voted in favour of the resolution, while 27 voted against.

Due to Senedd rules, Mr Gething is not obliged to quit, as the result is not binding, but it places him under additional pressure after weeks of criticism.

The Senedd vote was called by the Conservatives over donations made to Mr Gething’s leadership campaign by a company owned by a man previously convicted of environmental offences.

There are 60 members of the Welsh Parliament – Labour holds exactly half of the seats with 30 members, while there are 16 Tories, 13 Plaid Cymru members and a solitary Liberal Democrat.

Responding to the outcome of the vote tabled by the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies MS, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, said: “Vaughan Gething has lost the confidence of the people of Wales.

“He has lost the confidence of the Senedd.

“The only person who is still batting for Vaughan Gething is Keir Starmer.”

Commenting, the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Jane Dodds MS said: “The Senedd has spoken and now Vaughan Gething must go.

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Any attempts of holding onto power would go against the established norms of our parliamentary democracy.

Without the mandate of the Senedd, the First Minister has no right to stay in office, Welsh democracy has had its say and now he must go.”