We asked Vaughan Gething if he thinks he'll still be Wales' First Minister next week

First Minister of Wales Vaughan Gething speaks at the launch of Labour's six steps for change in Wales at the Priory Centre in Abergavenny
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Wales' First Minister Vaughan Gething will next week face a fight for his future. Senedd members will be asked to decide if they have faith in him, and whether they will back an opposition motion of no confidence in him.

The Conservative motion, which the sole Lib Dem MS Jane Dodds has said she will back, is also likely to be backed by Plaid Cymru. Electoral maths in the Senedd means that for the motion of no confidence to pass, at least one Labour member would have to abstain - not cast a vote - or vote against their party leader.

In any situation that would be a huge thing to do, but especially in the middle of a general election campaign. At the launch of Welsh Labour's general election campaign on Thursday, we asked Mr Gething if he thought he would survive a vote next week. He replied: "I'm looking forward to next week, to campaigning in the election and at the same time dealing with Wednesday afternoon. What do you expect the Tories to do? There's a choice for them and other parties about how they want to vote, I'm looking forward to speaking in that debate and looking forward to leading Wales into the future."

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Asked if he had a united group behind him, he simply replied: "Yes." Andrew RT Davies, Welsh Conservatives leader, said the First Minister had a "litany of unanswered questions" and that it was "time to put an end to the obfuscation, the drift and the infighting." The debate and vote will take place on Wednesday, June 5. For the latest politics news in Wales sign up to our newsletter here.

The full motion reads:

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Recognises the genuine public concern over the First Minister accepting a £200,000 donation for his Labour leadership campaign from a company owned by an individual who has two environmental criminal convictions, and regrets the poor judgement shown by the First Minister in accepting this donation, and his failure to repay it.

2. Regrets the publication of Welsh Government ministerial messages where the First Minister states his intention to delete messages, that could have later been helpful to the Covid-19 inquiry in its deliberations around decision making at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the First Minister telling the UK Covid-19 inquiry that he didn’t delete any messages.

3. Notes the dismissal by the First Minister of the Minister for Social Partnership from his Government, and regrets that the First Minister is unwilling to publish his supporting evidence for the dismissal, and notes the former Minister for Social Partnership’s strong denial of the accusations levelled against her.

4. For the above reasons, has no confidence in the First Minister.