Neath (National Assembly for Wales)
Mrs Gwenda Thomas AM (Labour)
AM Since - 1999 Majority - 6,390 Born - 22/01/1942. Married, 1 son.
Education - Pontwardawe Grammar School.
Previous Occupation - Former Civil Servant, Lord Chancellor's Department & Benefits Agency (until 1988).
Personal Overview - Former Councillor whose constituency level experience as a Treasurer and a former Political Education Officer. She is a Welsh Speaker. Has been a member of a number of Committees within the Assembly as well as a former Labour Group Whip, becoming a Deputy Minister after the 2007 reshuffle.
Political History - Labour Party Branch Treasurer, Neath Constituency. Councillor, West Glamorgan County Council (1989-96). Councillor, Neath Port Talbot Borough Council (1995-99). Assembly Member for Neath (1999-). Chairman of the Local Government and Housing Committee (1999-2003). Member of the Standards of Conduct Committee (1999-2007). Member of the South West Wales Regional Committee (1999-2007), Legislation Committee (2002-03), Health and Social Services Committee (2003-05), Local Government and Public Services Committee (2005-07). Chairman of the Equality of Opportunity Committee (2003-07). Deputy Minister for Social Services (2007-11). Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services (2011-).
Other Information - Local Organiser of a Blood Transfusion Service. Chairman of Governors at Gwaun Cae Gurwen Primary School. Chairman of Local Government & Housing (N A FW.). Owns a Caravan in Pembrokeshire. Associate Member of Tai'rgwaith Workingmen's Club. Support NCH, NSPCCC, MIND, Age Concern, Save the Children Charities.
All Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 029 2089 8750
Interests: Housing,Voluntary Sector,Equal Opportunities,Health & Safety,Education & Training,Disability,Health,Youth Issues,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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