Swansea West (National Assembly for Wales)
Ms Julie James AM (Labour)
AM Since - 2011 Majority - 4,654 Born - 19. Married, 3 children.
Education - Swansea University.
Previous Occupation - Former Personnel Director in the Aviation Industry (20 years). Policy lawyer, London Borough of Camden. Assistant County Secretary (legal services) at West Glamorgan County Council. Former Assistant chief executive at the City and County of Swansea Council. Environmental and Constitutional Lawyer.
Personal Overview - Held the Swansea West constituency for Labour following the decision of Andrew Davies to stand down at the 2011 elections, her first elected role. Following a career in the Aviation industry, she has experience of being involved in a large number of organisations in a Board or Director level capacity. This includes having been a Non Executive Director of Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales (Estyn), a Director of South West Wales Regional Tourism Partnership and Trustee/Director of Keep Wales Tidy. She is also a keen walker and has been involved with the Brecon Beacons National Park for a number of years, having been a founder member of the Brecon Beacons Western Local Access Forum. Politically, whilst a young mother she joined protests at Greenham Common opposing the siting of Cruise Missiles at the RAF base as well as with the 1984/85 miners strike. She also campaigned in the 1980s for the election of Bernie Grant, one of the UK's first black MPs to the Tottenham parliamentary seat.
Political History - Assembly Member for Swansea West (2011-). Member of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee (2011-). Member of the Enterprise and Business Committee (2011-). Member of the Environment and Sustainability Committee (2011-).
Other Information - Has been a Non-Executive Director of Estyn, WAG Health at Work Corporate Standard Assessor, Independent Board Member of Hywel Dda LHB and Dyfed Powys Police Policy Misconduct Panel. Has been a member of the Council of Swansea University and the Court of University of Luton. Vice Chair of the Carmarthenshire County Council Standards Committee. Director of the South West Wales Regional Tourism Partnership. Trustee/Director of Keep Wales Tidy and Independent Hospital Manager for Rushcliffe MH Hospital in Aberavon. Former Non-Executive Director of the Welsh Ambulance Trust, Pembrokeshire & Derwen NHS Trust, Health Professions Wales and a former member of the Ofcom Advisory Committee for Wales.
All Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 029 2089 8249
Interests: Aviation,Health & Safety,Law & Order,Education & Training,Health,Tourism & Leisure
- Environment and Sustainability Committee (Member)
- Enterprise and Business Committee (Member)
- Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee (Member)
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)
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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