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Welsh First Minister Vaughan Gething says he is not going to be returning £30,000 of controversial donations from his management marketing campaign.

Instead, Gething says the cash can be despatched to undisclosed “progressive causes”. The Conservatives nevertheless have mentioned the £31,600 must be returned.

The money was resulting from go to the Labour Party, however it turned it down after it was found £200,000 of the whole £250,000 raised by Gething got here from a agency whose proprietor was beforehand convicted for environmental crimes.

A Welsh Labour spokesman mentioned: “As agreed by the officers of the Welsh Executive Committee, Vaughan Gething is donating surplus funds from his campaign to wider progressive causes.”

Welsh Conservatives leader Andrew RT Davies called the decision a “damning indictment of Vaughan Gething’s judgement by his own party”.

“Not even the Labour party that elected Jeremy Corbyn wants to touch this money with a barge pole,” he informed The Telegraph.

Both the Conservatives and Plaid Cymru have referred to as on Gething to return the £200,000 donation from David Neal’s Dauson Environmental Group.

Neal was given a three-month suspended sentence and fined £10,000 in 2013 after his Atlantic Recycling and Neal Soil Suppliers corporations illegally dumped waste in a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Since taking up as First Minister in March, Gething has been suffering from constroversy.

He sacked Hannah Blythyn, his minister for social partnership, final week after claims she leaked a message suggesting he had misled the Covid Inquiry.

Gething reportedly informed the inquiry that he didn’t deliberately delete pandemic WhatsApp correspondence – just for a leaked iMessage earlier this month to emerge suggesting he had carried out so. Blythyn denied being accountable for the leak.