Vaughan Gething

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Vaughan Gething
Vaughan Gething 2016.jpg
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 Welsh Assembly
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 45)
Lusaka, Zambia[3]
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Alma materUniversity of Wales
OccupationSolicitor, Trade unionist
WebsiteOfficial Website

Vaughan Gething (born 15 March 1974) is an Welsh Labour and Co-operative politician serving as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services since 2016, and has served as Member of the National Assembly (AM) for Cardiff South and Penarth since 2011.[4]

Early life[edit]

Gething was born in Zambia in 1974, where his father (whom Gething describes as "a white Welsh economic migrant") was working as a vet.[5] His mother is a black Zambian.[5] When he was two he moved to Dorset, England with his family, which includes three brothers and a sister.[5] He studied at Beaminster Comprehensive and Sixth Form followed by Aberystwyth University and at the Cardiff Law School, University of Wales.[5][6] Gething became president of Aberystwyth University Guild of Students and the first mixed-race president of the National Union of Students Wales.[5][7]

Professional career[edit]

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.[6]

In 2008, at the age of 34, Gething became the youngest President of Wales TUC, also becoming the first black person in the role.[8]

Political career[edit]

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.[6][9] Gething was selected as the Welsh Labour candidate for the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency at the National Assembly for Wales. Lorraine Barrett, who had represented Cardiff South and Penarth since the Assembly's creation in 1999, had announced her intention to stand down at the 2011 election. At the National Assembly for Wales 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][10] At the following 2016 Welsh Assembly election, Gething once again increased his majority in terms of vote share.

Following the 2016 Welsh Assembly 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.[11]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Gething and his wife Michelle live in Penarth, where he has lived since 2011.[9] He is a member of the GMB trade union.[8]

External links[edit]

Offices held[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Lorraine Barrett
Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth
Political offices
Preceded by
Gwenda Thomas
Deputy Minister for Health
2014 - 2016
Succeeded by
Rebecca Evans
Preceded by
Mark Drakeford
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services
2016 - present
Succeeded by
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Ruth Jones
President of the Wales TUC
Succeeded by
Paul O'Shea


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  3. ^ Davies, Daniel (9 November 2018). "Welsh Labour's mystery runners?". BBC. BBC News. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Wales elections > Cardiff South and Penarth". BBC News. BBC. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e f 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. ^ a b c "Vaughan Gething Assembly selection 2011" (PDF). Welsh Labour. 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ a b "Morgan urges Labour to hold firm". BBC News. BBC. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Vaughan Gething-about". Vaughan Gething. 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  10. ^ Blake, Aled (6 May 2011). "Assembly election: Meet the incoming AMs". WalesOnline website. Media Wales Ltd. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Welsh Government | Vaughan Gething AM". Retrieved 13 November 2017.