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Gower (National Assembly for Wales)
Ms Edwina Hart MBE AM (Labour)
AM Since - 1999 Majority - 4,864 Born - 26/04/1957. Married, 1 daughter.
Education - Gowerton Girls Grammar School.
Previous Occupation - Worked in Banking, was President of the Banking, Insurance, and Finance Union. Trade Union Official with Wales TUC (Chairman 1997-98). Member of the TGWU and ISTC.
Personal Overview - Entered the National Assembly after a background as a Trade Union Official initially in the Banking sector and latterly at the Welsh TUC. Her former involvement in the Equal Opportunities Commission and Committee Chairmanship indicate an interest in Equal Opportunities issues. Initial Cabinet post remit widened in the October 2000 reshuffle to include Housing, and the assembly's relationship with Local Government and the Police authorities. Remained within the Cabinet during the 2003-07 Parliament and retained a Cabinet post after the 2007 elections. Stood for the leadership of the Welsh Labour Party in Autumn 2009 after the decision of Rhodri Morgan to stand down.
Political History - Assembly Member for Gower (1999-). Member of the Equal Opportunities Committee (1999-2000), Chairman (2000-02), member of the South West Wales Regional Committee (1999-2007), Local Government and Housing (2000-03), member of the Social Justice and Regeneration Committee (2003-07). Finance Secretary (1999-2000). Minister for Finance, Local Government and Communities (2000-03), gained responsibility for Alcohol, Drug Abuse & Crime Reduction (2002-03). Minister for Social Justice and Regeneration (2003-07). Minister for Health and Social Services (2007-11). Minister for Business, Enterprise and Technology (2011-).
Other Information - Former member of the Broadcasting Council for Wales, the South West Wales Economic Forum and the Wales Millennium Centre. Former member of the Equal Opportunities Commission for Wales. Enjoys listening to music (was once a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales) and cooking.
All Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 029 2089 8400
Interests: Business & Finance,Housing,Equal Opportunities,Economic Development,Trade Unions,Local Government
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)
South Wales West (National Assembly for Wales)
Ms Bethan Jenkins AM (Plaid Cymru)
AM Since - 2007 Majority - (Regional Constituency) Born - 09/12/1981.
Education - Ysgol Santes Tudful, Merthyr Tydfil. Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen, Pontypridd. Aberystwyth University (International Politics and International History) (graduated 2003).
Previous Occupation - Full time Sabbatical Campaigns Officer at Aberystwyth Students Union. President of Aberystwyth Students Union. Youth Organiser for Plaid Cymru (Cymru X Young Plaid Cymru). Former researcher for Jill Evans MEP. Latterly, researcher for Leanne Wood AM.
Personal Overview - Elected as one of the youngest members of the Welsh Assembly in 2007. She has shown concern at the public perception of politicians and would like to play a role in changing their perceived image as well as promoting youth involvement in politics. She has been involved in a number of campaigns, including Aberystwyth Peace and Justice Network. She has also been a member of the Welsh Language Society's Senate and has been a President of Aberystwyth Guild of Students. Her political interests also include higher education and safeguarding local services.
Political History - Assembly Member for South Wales West Region (2007-). Member of the Equality of Opportunity Committee (2007-09). Member of the Petitions Committee (2007-12). Member of the Audit Committee (2008-09). Member of the Communities and Culture Committee (2009-11). Member of the Public Accounts Committee (2009-11). Member of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee (2011-12). Member of the Children and Young People Committee (2013-). Spokesperson for Child Poverty (2007-09), for Child Poverty and Culture (2009-11). Spokesperson for Heritage, Welsh Language and Sport (2011-).
Other Information - Was a lifeguard for almost 6 years. Has played the Viola in a folk band called Gilespi. Has also played in concerts organised by the Tabarnacl Church in Bridgend. Member of Swansea Community Orchestra.
Cross Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 02920 89 8713
Interests: Foreign Affairs,Equal Opportunities,Welsh Affairs,Education & Training,Higher Education,Youth Issues
- Children and Young People Committee (Member)
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