Newport West (National Assembly for Wales)
Ms Rosemary Butler AM (Labour)
AM Since - 1999 Majority - 4,220 Born - 21/01/1943. Married, 2 daughters.
Education - St. Julian's High School.
Previous Occupation - Former Museums & Galleries Commissioner. Director of Tourism South & West Wales Ltd.
Personal Overview - Has previous involvement with several Welsh cultural organisations. Was a long serving Councillor in Newport, and was appointed to a ministerial position in the National Assembly until the Lib/Lab coalition reshuffle in October 2000. Elected to the post of Presiding Officer in the Assembly by an unanimous vote of the Assembly Members in May 2011.
Political History - Councillor, Newport BC (1973-99). Assembly Member for Newport West (1999-). Member of the Pre 16 Education, Schools and Early Learning Committee (1999-2001), Culture Committee (2001-03), European Affairs Committee (2001-03). Member of the South East Wales Regional Committee (1999-2007). Secretary for Education and Children (up to age 16) (1999-2000). Member of the European Committee of the Regions. Member of the European and External Affairs Committee (2003-07), Legislation Committee (2002-07). Chairman of the Culture, Welsh Language and Sport Committee (2003-07). Member of the Panel of Chairs (2003-07). Vice President of the National Assembly Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (2007-). Deputy Presiding Officer (2007-11). Presiding Officer (2011-). Chairman of the Assembly Commission (2011-). Chair of the Business Committee (2011-). Chair of the Assembly Commission (2011-).
Other Information - Has been a member of the Broadcasting Council for Wales and The Sports Council for Wales. Governor of the University of Wales College, Newport (until Dec 1999). Member of GMB and Unite Trade Unions. President of the National Assembly Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (2011-).
All Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 029 2089 8470
Interests: Arts & Heritage,Housing,Education & Training,Health,Youth Issues,Local Government
- Business (Chairman)
- The Assembly Commission (Chairman)
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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