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Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (National Assembly for Wales)
Mr Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM (Plaid Cymru)
AM Since - 1999 Majority - 4,148 Born - 11/04/1953. Married, 2 sons, 1 daughter.
Education - Ysgol Bodhyfryd, Wrexham. Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham. University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Bangor and Lampeter.
Previous Occupation - Minister of Religion (1975-89). Managing Director of Cwmn'r Ganncwyl Cyf (1989-96) (Television Production Company). Welsh Spokesperson for the Forum of Private Business. Minister of Religion for the St Clears area.
Personal Overview - From a strongly religious background, he has shown a willingness to spend time involving himself in good causes (NSPCC etc), and he is likely to maintain an interest in social issues. Announced that he would be standing down at the 2016 elections.
Political History - Councillor, Llangunin Community Council (1992-99), Council Chairman (1996-97). Assembly Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (1999-). Member of the European Affairs Committee (1999-2003), Environment, Planning and Transport Committee (2001-03), Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (1999-2000), Chairman (2000), Chairman, Culture Committee (2000-03). Member of the South West Wales Regional Committee (1999-2001), Chairman (2001-02), member (2002-05), member of the Environment, Planning and Countryside Committee (2003-04), member of the European and External Affairs Committee (2003-07), member of the Health and Social Services Committee (2004-06), Chairman (2006-07). Member of the Panel of Chairs (2006-07). Member of the Social Justice and Regeneration Committee (2004-06), Mid and West Wales Regional Committee (2005-07), Communities and Culture Committee (2007). Member of the Sustainability Committee (2008-11), Rural Development Sub-Committee (2008-10), Chairman (2010-). Member of the European and External Affairs Committee (2009-11). Member of the Assembly Commission (2011-). Member of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee (2011-).
Shadow Spokesperson for Agriculture and the Rural Economy (1999-2000), for Sustainable Development (2000-03). Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs (2002-03), for Environment, Planning and Countryside (2003). Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services (2003-05). Minister for Heritage (2007-08). Spokesperson for Europe, Local Government, Communities and Transport (2011-).
Other Information - Chairman of CND Cymru (1984-88). Chairman of the NSPCC Mid & South Wales Liaison Committee (1993-). Member of the NSPCC British Council (1995-), running the London Marathon in 1996 on their behalf. School Governor and Chairman of the Governing Body (1995-). Supports NSPCC, Christian Aid Charities. Additional constituency address is Swyddfa Plaid Cymru Office, 30 Parc Hafan, Newcastle Emlyn SA38 9AR.
All Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 029 2089 8282
Interests: Environment,Agriculture,Business & Finance,Transport,Social Issues,Health,Economic Development,Europe,Rural
- Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee (Member)
- The Assembly Commission (Member)
Mid and West Wales (National Assembly for Wales)
Mr Simon Thomas AM (Plaid Cymru)
AM Since - 2011 Majority - (Regional Constituency) Born - 28/12/1963, Married, 1 son, 1 daughter.
Education - Aberdare Boys' Grammar School. University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (BA Welsh). College of Librarianship Wales (CLW), Postgraduate Diploma.
Previous Occupation - Assistant Curator for the National Library of Wales (1986-92). Anti Poverty Officer, Welsh Language Development Officer in the voluntary sector. Policy and Research Officer for the Taff-Ely borough council (1992-94). Policy & Research Director on the Plaid Cymru National Executive (1995-98). Manager of a rural regeneration project 'Jigso', assisting communities in social and economic development ideas and projects (1994-2000). Development Manager for Technium Pembrokeshire (focused on energy issues) (2005-07) . Special Adviser (2007-11) to the Plaid Cymru Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government.
Personal Overview - Entered the Welsh Assembly in 2011 after having previously been an MP, holding the Ceredigion seat after winning a by-election there in 2000 until the 2005 General Election. At Westminster he was a party spokesman on a wide range of issues including Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Transport, International Development, Energy, and Culture, Media and Sport. Prior to his Assembly election, in his role as a Special Advisor he assisted in delivering the Labour/Plaid Coalition administration's One Wales programme. He is a former Taff Ely Borough Council Leader and member of Ceredigion County Council, also having held several senior policy development roles within Plaid Cymru. Likely to be knowledgeable on local community issues, having been involved locally in rural regeneration issues. Has shown concern about Objective 1 funding from the EU, and the corresponding 'Match Funding' from the British Government. Interests include the Environment, Sustainable Economic Development & Social Services.
Political History - Former Taff Ely Borough Council Leader. Member of Ceredigion County Council (Aberystwyth East Ward). MP Ceredigion (by-election) (2000-05). Was a list candidate for Mid and West Wales at the 1999 Welsh National Assembly elections. Former Environment Policy Coordinator on the Plaid Cymru National Executive forum. Joint Vice Chairman of the All Party Environment Group (2001-05). Spokesman for Environment & the Regions, Transport Education & Employment, Energy & International Development. Member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (2000-05), member of the Catering Select Committee (2001-04), Standards & Privileges Select Committee (2004-05). Assembly election candidate for South Wales Central (2007). Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales (2011-). Member of the Children and Young People Committee (2011-). Member of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee (2011-). Spokesperson for Education, Higher Education and Skills (2011-).
Other Information - Welsh Nationalist, co-authored the 1999 Plaid Cymru Welsh Assembly manifesto with former MP Cynog Dafis. Has been a Vice-Chair of Globe UK, the international forum for green politicians. Is likely to be a Greenpeace supporter.
All Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 029 2082 5111
Interests: Environment,Agriculture,Constitutional,Economic Regeneration,Regional Policy,Health & Safety,Social Services,Health,Europe,Rural,Social Security
- Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee (Member)
- Children and Young People Committee (Member)
Wales (European Parliament)
Mr John Bufton MEP (UK Independence)
MEP Since - 2009 Born - 31/08/1962 (Llanidloes, Mid Wales). Divorced.
Education - Elan Village Primary School and Llandrindod Wells High School.
Previous Occupation - Administrator and Transport Manager for his Family Haulage Business. Has also worked as a Sales Executive,
Residential Care Home Manager (Local Authority) and Proprietor of a Retail Business. Press Officer and Public Relations Manager to Roger Knapman (former UKIP Leader and MEP).
Personal Overview - Elected at the 2009 elections from 1st place on the party's list in Wales. Has political experience at Local Government level and Prior to joining UKIP was an ex Labour Party member, served as an Independent Councillor and later as a member of the Referendum Party. Has subsequently stood for the party at both Welsh Assembly and Westminster elections. Was active during the 2004-09 European Parliamentary term as an advisor for one time party Leader Roger Knapman who was an MEP in the South West Region. Has advised the UKIP Wales Committee, advancing to become Vice Chairman of UKIP in Wales. During his election campaign he also attempted to target some of the traditional Labour anti European vote as well as support from Trade Union members.
Political History - Former Labour Party member. Councillor, Powys County Council Unitary (Independent Councillor) (1995-99). Councillor, Rhayader Town Councillor (1987-99) and former Mayor of Rhayader (1995-96). Joined UKIP (2004), prior to election associated with the Brecon & Radnor UKIP branch. General Election candidate for Sir James Goldsmiths Referendum Party (1997). Westminster By-Election candidate for Ceredigion (2000). General Election candidate (UKIP) for Monmouth (2005). Welsh Assembly candidate for Powys and Lead candidate for North Wales (2007). Local Authority candidate for Powys County Council (2008). Has been Vice Chairman of UKIP Wales. MEP Wales Region (2009-). Member of the Committee on Regional Development (2009-). Substitute member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (2009-).
Other Information - Has been a Director of Mid Wales Tourism, a Trustee Rhayader Smithfield Trust and Trustee of the Elan Valley Estate. Has been a member of the Dyfed Powys Police Liaison Committee. School Governor with Rhayader Primary School.
Intergroups - N/a.
Business Tel: 32(0)2 28 49730
Interests: Transport,Employment,Tourism & Leisure
- Regional Development (Member)
- Agriculture & Rural Development (Substitute)
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