Vaughan Gething


Vaughan Gething (born 15 March 1974) is a Welsh Labour and Co-operative politician serving as Minister for Health and Social Services since 2016, and has served as Member of the Senedd (MS) for Cardiff South and Penarth since 2011.[4]

Vaughan Gething

Minister for Health and Social Services
Assumed office
19 May 2016
First MinisterCarwyn Jones
Mark Drakeford
Preceded byMark Drakeford
Deputy Minister for Health
In office
11 September 2014  19 May 2016 [1]
First MinisterCarwyn Jones
MinisterMark Drakeford
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byRebecca Evans
Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty.
In office
26 June 2013 [2]  11 September 2014
First MinisterCarwyn Jones
MinisterJeffrey Cuthbert
Member of the Senedd
for Cardiff South and Penarth
Assumed office
6 May 2011
Preceded byLorraine Barrett
Majority6,259 (22.8%)
Personal details
Born (1974-03-15) 15 March 1974 (age 46)
Lusaka, Zambia[3]
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Alma materUniversity of Wales
OccupationSolicitor, Trade unionist
WebsiteOfficial Website

Early life


Gething was born in Zambia in 1974, where his father, a white Welsh vet from Ogmore-by-Sea, met his mother who is black Zambian.[5] Gething describes his father as a "a white Welsh economic migrant".[5] When he was two he moved to Monmouthsire, Wales with his family which includes three brothers and a sister.[6][5] His father eventually found work in Dorset, England where Gething was bought up.[6]

He studied at Beaminster Comprehensive and Sixth Form followed by Aberystwyth University as a Law graduate in 1999,[7] and then going onto the Cardiff Law School, University of Wales.[5][8] Gething became president of Aberystwyth University Guild of Students and the first black president of the National Union of Students Wales.[5][9][10]

Professional career


Having completed his training as a solicitor in Cardiff in 2001, with the trade union solicitors Thompsons, Gething chose to specialise in employment law. He became a partner in Thompsons in 2007.[8]

In 2008, at the age of 34, Gething became the youngest President of Wales TUC, also becoming the first black person in the role.[11][12]

Political career


Gething joined the Labour Party when he was 17, to campaign in the 1992 UK general election.[5] He was a councillor from 2004 to 2008, representing Butetown electoral ward on Cardiff Council, having been elected with a majority of two votes.[8][13] Gething was selected as the Welsh Labour candidate for the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency in the Senedd. Lorraine Barrett, who had represented Cardiff South and Penarth since the Senedd's creation in 1999, had announced her intention to stand down at the 2011 election. At the Senedd election on 5 May 2011, Gething increased the Labour vote with a swing of 12.5%. At 13,814, his share of the vote was over 50%, giving him a majority of 6,259 over the Welsh Conservative Party candidate, Ben Gray, placed second.[4][14] At the following 2016 Welsh Assembly election, Gething once again increased his majority in terms of vote share.

Following the 2016 election, Gething was promoted to Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport. In a Cabinet re-shuffle in November 2017, Gething became Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services.[15]

Gething, alongside Eluned Morgan and Mark Drakeford, was one of the three contenders in the 2018 election for the leadership of Welsh Labour, but was defeated by Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford.

Zoom incident


On 22 April 2020, Gething was caught swearing about fellow Labour MS Jenny Rathbone in a virtual session of the Senedd.[16] Gething failed to mute his microphone as he told an unknown person "What the fuck is the matter with her?" during the Zoom meeting. Rathbone had been asking the Minister questions about the Welsh Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the incident, both the Welsh Conservative leader, Paul Davies and Plaid Cymru leader, Adam Price called on Mark Drakeford to dismiss Gething as Minister for Health.[17][18] BBC Wales reported that Labour MSs were also "very angry" over Gething's actions.[16]

Personal life


Gething and his wife Michelle live in Penarth, where he has lived since 2011.[13] He is a member of the trade unions GMB, UNISON and Unite.[11][19]

Offices held


Senedd Cymru
Preceded by
Lorraine Barrett
Member of the Senedd for Cardiff South and Penarth
2011–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Gwenda Thomas
Deputy Minister for Health
2014 - 2016
Succeeded by
Rebecca Evans
Preceded by
Mark Drakeford
Minister for Health and Social Services
2016 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Ruth Jones
President of the Wales TUC
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Paul O'Shea

References


  1. "Lib Dem Williams named in new cabinet". 19 May 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2019 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. "Lewis named as education minister". 26 June 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2019 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  3. Davies, Daniel (9 November 2018). "Welsh Labour's mystery runners?". BBC. BBC News. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  4. "Wales elections > Cardiff South and Penarth". BBC News. BBC. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  5. Owen, Paul (3 August 2009). "Black Welshman aims to take the fight to the BNP". The Guardian. Manchester: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  6. "Vaughan Gething wants to be Welsh Labour's Sadiq Khan". British GQ. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  7. "Alumni at the Senedd". Aberystwyth University. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  8. "Vaughan Gething Assembly selection 2011" (PDF). Welsh Labour. 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  9. "About Vaughan - Vaughan Gething MS | Cardiff South & Penarth". Vaughan Gething MS | Cardiff South & Penarth. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  10. Crecsi, Elena (15 March 2013). "From student unions to the Senedd and Westminster, how do today's youth become tomorrow's AMs and MPs?". Wales Online. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  11. "Morgan urges Labour to hold firm". BBC News. BBC. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  12. Gething, Vaughan. "Vaughan Gething: In Black History Month, I'm proud to be supported by BAME Labour". LabourList. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  13. "Vaughan Gething-about". Vaughan Gething. 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  14. Blake, Aled (6 May 2011). "Assembly election: Meet the incoming AMs". WalesOnline website. Media Wales Ltd. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  15. "Welsh Government | Vaughan Gething AM". gov.wales. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  16. "Coronavirus: Welsh health minister caught swearing about Labour AM". bbc.com. 22 April 2020.
  17. "Plaid Cymru Statement". twitter.com. 22 April 2020.
  18. Paul, Davies (22 April 2020). "Paul Davies (Leader of the Welsh Conservatives) Statement". twitter.com.
  19. "Vaughan Gething AM: Minister for Health and Social Services". GOV.WALES. Retrieved 6 November 2019.