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Blaenau Gwent (National Assembly for Wales)
Mr Alun Davies AM (Labour)
AM Since - 2007 Majority - 9,120 Born - 1964.
Education - Tredegar School. University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Was President of NUS Wales (1987-89).
Previous Occupation - Worked for the World Wildlife Fund in Wales as a campaigner on environmental issues. Oxfam campaigner on on poverty issues. Employed by Hyder (Public Utility Company) as a Public Relations Manager working on it's Capital Investment Programme. Worked for the UK Atomic Energy Authority as Head of Public Affairs. Director of Corporate Affairs for S4C, covering marketing, public policy and press (Welsh Language TV Channel). Has his own business 'Bute Communications' - a public affairs consultancy.
Personal Overview - Experienced campaigner and public affairs operator who entered the National Assembly at his first attempt in 2007 after standing as a candidate at the 2005 General Election. He then successfully won the Blaenau Gwent constituency seat for Labour in 2011. He has campaigned in Wales in his NUS days on education funding and retains an interest in higher education issues. He is likely to have a strong interest in international affairs, where foreign assignments in the Balkans and Rwanda have helped to shape his view of the world. He has also worked on assignment in the Middle East and has been involved in advising the regional government in Corsica on language and cultural policy. His company, 'Bute Communications' has become a well known public policy consultancy in Wales. Was promoted to become a Deputy Minister at the initial 2011 post election reshuffle.
Political History - Westminster General Election Candidate for Ceredigion (2005). Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales Region (2007-11), Blaenau Gwent (2011-). Member of the Enterprise and Learning Committee (2007), Sustainability Committee (2007-10), Subordinate Legislation Committee (2007-10), Constitutional Affairs Committee (2010-11), Finance Committee (2007-10). Chairman of the Rural Development Sub-Committee (2007-10). Spokesperson on Heritage (2009-11). Member of the Communities and Culture Committee (2010-11). Member of the Public Accounts Committee (2010-11). Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes (2011-).
Other Information - Has spoken in a number of international conferences in the United States Europe. Has homes in Aberystwyth and Cardiff.
Cross Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 029 2089 8300
Interests: Environment,Arts & Heritage,Foreign Affairs,Welsh Affairs,Education & Training
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 East (National Assembly for Wales)
Mr Lindsay Whittle AM (Plaid Cymru)
AM Since - 2011 Majority - (Regional Constituency) Born - 24/03/1953. Divorced, 1 daughter.
Education - Cwm Ifor Primary School. Caerphilly Boys' Grammar School. Cardiff University (Postgraduate Diploma in Housing)
Previous Occupation - Personnel officer at Dialoy Ltd (1971-81). Housing Manager for Hafod Housing Association, Cardiff (1982-2007).
Personal Overview - Was successfully elected at his seventh parliamentary election attempt. With Local Government experience as a Caerphilly Council Leader on two occasions, he is likely to have a good knowledge of the local political environment. He has also been active on the wider Welsh political scene as the Welsh Local Government Association spokesperson on Equalities, Community Safety and Social Justice. His main political interest is likely to be housing, where he has been a committed campaigner for high housing standards. His other interests include homelessness and living standards for the elderly.
Political History - Councillor, Caerphilly (BC). Plaid Cymru Group Leader, Council Leader (1999-2004), (2008-11). Welsh Assembly candidate for Caerphilly (2007). Assembly Member for South Wales East (2011-). Member of the Health and Social Care Committee (2011-). Member of the Public Accounts Committee (2012). Spokesperson for Social Services, Children and Equal Opportunities (2011-). Member of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee (2012-).
Other Information - Has been a Governor for his old school, Cwm Ifor Primary. Member of Unison.
All Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 029 2089 8282
Interests: Housing,Health & Safety,The Elderly,Homelessness,Local Government
- Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee (Member)
- Health and Social Care Committee (Member)
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