world : Welsh government focused on UK election - minister

world : Welsh government focused on UK election - minister
world : Welsh government focused on UK election - minister

Wednesday 12 June 2024 10:52 PM

Nafeza 2 world - "Vaughan is determined to deliver for the people of Wales," he added.

Mr Skates denied the Welsh government would be distracted by the UK election, saying it was delivering "on doctor's pay, we've seen it with the significant improvements in rail services operated by Transport for Wales".

"We are delivering, and we'll go on delivering," he said.

Mr Skates also said Mr Gething hadn't considered resigning, and insisted he had the "full support of his colleagues" in Labour.

Meanwhile, former first minister Carwyn Jones has called on critics of Mr Gething to give him a chance "to prove himself".

Mr Gething's lost no-confidence vote in the Senedd came by two votes, following a row over donations to his leadership campaign by a man convicted of environmental offences.

Two Labour colleagues who have had fallouts with Mr Gething were said to be too ill to take part in the vote, after which both the Welsh Conservatives and Plaid Cymru have called on the first minister to resign.

Speaking to Sunday Supplement, Mr Jones said: "He knows he'll have to work very, very hard to make sure that he increases the people of Wales' confidence in his tenure as first minister."

Mr Jones was first minister of Wales between 2009 and 2018, and followed by Mr Gething's predecessor Mark Drakeford.

Mr Jones added: "There's an election in 2026, that'll be the time to judge the Welsh Labour government and Vaughan as a first minister.

"He hasn't had much of a chance to prove himself."

Asked if Mr Gething had brought the problems on himself, Mr Jones replied: "Well, people have to judge for themselves.

"I'm absolutely sure Vaughan would've wanted to have a different start to his time as first minister.

"But he does need, I think, to be given the opportunity to prove himself over the next two years, and then people can judge him in [a Senedd] election."

Welsh Conservative's leader Andrew RT Davies said: "With Vaughan Gething at the helm, the Welsh government is completely paralysed and unable to focus on the people’s priorities and deliver the change needed to save Wales’ public services."

Plaid Cymru's leader Rhun ap Iorwerth accused Labour of playing "political gamesmanship".

He said: "They are asking us to move on to concentrate on the election because they want us to forget about what happened. We can't. And the people of Wales cannot forget about what happened.

"This is a scandal of the like of which we have never had before in Wales."

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