People have said the same thing after Vaughan Gething loses no confidence vote

-Credit: (Image: Jonathan Myers)
-Credit: (Image: Jonathan Myers)


People in Wales have called on Vaughan Gething to resign following his no-confidence defeat in the Senedd where he was questioned about his integrity as First Minister. Plaid Cymru leader Rhun ap Iorwerth said the outcome after the vote, brought by the Welsh Tories, marked a “grave day in the history of the Senedd”.

Mr Gething lost in a 27-29 vote after two members of his Labour party were not present during the vote due to illness. In some circumstances, parties can use what's called a "pairing" system to effectively cancel each other out so if a Labour member is missing then a Conservative member would not vote so the status quo is maintained. But both the Tories and Plaid Cymru said they would not pair with Labour, with Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies saying he did not think that would be appropriate on an issue as important as a no-confidence vote.

Mr Gething said his party had always paired with other parties in circumstances of illness. "You can't get to a position where people are prepared to shift the ground depending on what suits them on the day," he said. The Welsh Labou leader has called the vote a "desperate gimmick to deflect attention away from the general election".

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The First Minister could be seen distressed talking with his colleagues in the chamber prior to the vote, where he broke down in tears. When asked if he would resign, following the result, Mr Gething said in a pool interview: "I arrived, I attended, I took seriously the points made, I saw them for what they were and I responded in the chamber in a way that shows how much I respect the Senedd that I campaigned for more than two decades ago. I am going to carry on doing my duty. I am fiercely proud to be the First Minister of Wales and to have the opportunity to serve and lead my country".

Mark Boulton said the First Minister should 'do the right thing for Labour' -Credit:Jonathan Myers
Mark Boulton said the First Minister should 'do the right thing for Labour' -Credit:Jonathan Myers

Here’s what the some of general public in Cardiff had to say about whether they thought the First Minister should resign after the no confidence vote. Mark Boulton said: “He should step down and do the right thing for Wales and the right thing for Labour. I think he’s a disgrace now isn't he, he's been outed now and he has got a no confidence [result]. It happened to Liz Truss, she stepped down didn't she, so he should definitely go."

Meanwhile Glenn Newberry said: “I think he should resign, do the honest thing, own up to what he has done and take it on the chin.” Jo Watkins said: “I think he’s got to go. I think he needs to be told to go from higher-up. Definitely, because a vote of no confidence is not good, is it? He seems to be a nice man but he made a stupid mistake.”

And Dave Blooms added: “I think he should because of losing confidence in someone who has been given money by a certain person, I don't think it’s right.” For the latest analysis of the biggest stories, sign up to the Wales Matters newsletter here