Vaughan Gething Makes History as First Black Leader of Welsh Labour Party

In a historic moment for Welsh and UK politics, Vaughan Gething has been elected as the first Black leader of the Welsh Labour Party. Gething’s rise to leadership marks a significant milestone in the nation’s political landscape, reflecting a broader shift towards diversity and inclusivity in leadership roles across the UK.


Born in Zambia and raised in Wales, Gething’s journey to political leadership has been characterised by a commitment to public service and a dedication to addressing the needs of his constituents. His background as the son of a Welsh father and a Zambian mother embodies the multicultural fabric of modern Wales, and his election sends a powerful message about the importance of representation in politics.

Gething’s political career began in 2011 when he was elected as a Member of the Senedd (MS) for Cardiff South and Penarth. Over the years, he has held various ministerial positions within the Welsh Government, with one of his most notable roles being the Minister for Health and Social Services from 2016 to 2021.

During his tenure as Health Minister, Gething navigated significant challenges, including managing the healthcare response to the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing issues such as hospital waiting times and healthcare funding. His leadership during this critical period earned him respect and recognition from across the political spectrum.

However, it is Gething’s recent election as the leader of the Welsh Labour Party that has captured the attention of the nation. His victory represents a groundbreaking moment in Welsh politics, as well as a broader trend towards greater diversity in leadership roles throughout the UK.

Gething’s election comes at a time when the UK is witnessing a historic shift in leadership diversity. With leaders like Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Indian heritage and Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf from a Pakistani Muslim family, the face of UK politics is becoming increasingly diverse and representative of its multicultural society.

Despite these strides towards greater diversity, it’s essential to acknowledge that racism persists within British society. Wales’ first Black leader is a testament to Britain’s political diversity, but it also highlights the ongoing challenges of systemic racism and discrimination that continue to affect minority communities.

Reflecting on his election, Gething emphasised the importance of diversity and inclusivity in shaping the nation’s history. He sees his leadership as an opportunity to “turn the page in the book of our nation’s history, a history that we write together.”

As Gething prepares to take on his new role as leader of the Welsh Labour Party, he is poised to lead Wales into a new era of progress and prosperity. His election represents not only a personal triumph but also a triumph for diversity, equality, and representation in Welsh and UK politics.