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Political reporter mocks new First Minister after interview jibe

A political reporter has branded himself an “unserious journalist” on X after a jibe from Wales’s new First Minister.

Will Hayward of Wales Online broke the story last month that Vaughan Gething has received a £200,000 donation from a firm which wants to build a huge solar farm near Cardiff – a plan which will need Welsh government approval.

But Mr Gething, who has since gone on to be narrowly elected as Labour’s new leader in Wales and First Minister in succession to Mark Drakeford, attempted to play down the issue in a TV interview last weekend.

Asked about the donation story on Politics Wales, he said that “every serious journalist” knew he would play no part in deciding the solar farm application.

In response, Will has now changed his biography on X, pictured above, to read “unserious journalist.”

Posting on X, he wrote: “According to our new First Minister Vaughan Gething “serious journalists” know there is no story in him taking the huge donation from a company proposing a development that needs Welsh Gov approval.

“Not sure it is a great look implying the people asking difficult questions are somehow low calibre idiots.

“He also plays down the idea that other Labour MS are angry about the donation.”

Mr Gething took the donation from Cardiff-based environmental firm Dauson Environmental Group which in January submitted a development of national significance (DNS) planning application for a solar farm next to its Atlantic Recycling site in east Cardiff.

Due to the nature of the application, the final decision to approve the plan will be determined by Welsh ministers.