Brecon and Radnorshire (National Assembly for Wales)
Ms Kirsty Williams AM (Liberal Democrat)
AM Since - 1999 Majority - 2,757 Born - 19/03/1971. Married (Richard), 3 daughters.
Education - St Michael's School. Manchester University (BA in American Studies)
Previous Occupation - Former Marketing & Public Relations Executive.
Personal Overview - Entered the National Assembly after holding several senior posts in the Welsh Liberal Democrats. Her parliamentary career has begun promisingly by becoming a party spokesperson, and she has interests in Agriculture, Young People and Health. Became the first female Welsh party leader in December 2008 following the decision of Mike German to stand down. She beat fellow AM Jenny Randerson in the party's leadership contest.
Political History - Deputy President of the Liberal Democrats in Wales (1997-99). Member of the Liberal Democrat Welsh Executive (1996-99, 2005-) and Policy Committees (1997-99). Candidate for Ogmore (1997 General Election). Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire (1999-). Chairman of the Health and Social Services Committee (1999-2003), member (2003-05), member, Equal Opportunities Committee (1999-2001), Audit Committee (2001-02). Member of the Mid Wales Regional Committee (1999-2005). Chairman of the Standards of Conduct Committee (2004-07), member (2007-08). Member of the Local Government and Public Services Committee (2003-04), Economic Development and Transport Committee (2005-06), Enterprise, Innovation and Networks Committee (2006-07), Mid and West Wales Regional Committee (2005-07), Enterprise and Learning Committee (2007-08), Business Committee (2007-08). Member of the Children and Young People Committee (2008-09). Member of the Finance Committee (2008-10). Member of the Scrutiny of the First Minister Committee (2009-11). Member of the Constitutional Affairs Committee (2010-11). Chairman of the Sustainability Committee (2010-11). Member of the Rural Development Sub-Committee (2010-). Member of the Children and Young People Committee (2011). Member of the Health and Social Care Committee (2011-). Member of the Standards of Conduct Committee (2011-). Spokesperson on Health and Social Services (1999-2003), Group Business Manager (2000-08), Spokesperson for Local Government, Health and Social Care (2003-04). Economic Development and Transport, Enterprise and Transport Spokesperson (2005-07). Spokesperson for Enterprise, Transport and Education (2007-08). Shadow Minister for Finance, Children and Young People (2008-09). Shadow Minister for Finance (2009-10), for Rural Affairs (2010), for Environment and Rural Affairs (2010-11). Shadow Minister for Health and Social Care (2011-). Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader (2008-).
Other Information - Previously a member of the National Assembly Advisory Group. Co-author of 'Politics in 21st Century Wales'.
All Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 029 2089 8743
Interests: Agriculture,Health & Safety,Social Services,Youth Issues,Social Security
- Health and Social Care Committee (Member)
- Standards of Conduct 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)
Mid and West Wales (National Assembly for Wales)
Mr Simon Thomas AM (Plaid Cymru)
AM Since - 2011 Majority - (Regional Constituency) Born - 28/12/1963, Married, 1 son, 1 daughter.
Education - Aberdare Boys' Grammar School. University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (BA Welsh). College of Librarianship Wales (CLW), Postgraduate Diploma.
Previous Occupation - Assistant Curator for the National Library of Wales (1986-92). Anti Poverty Officer, Welsh Language Development Officer in the voluntary sector. Policy and Research Officer for the Taff-Ely borough council (1992-94). Policy & Research Director on the Plaid Cymru National Executive (1995-98). Manager of a rural regeneration project 'Jigso', assisting communities in social and economic development ideas and projects (1994-2000). Development Manager for Technium Pembrokeshire (focused on energy issues) (2005-07) . Special Adviser (2007-11) to the Plaid Cymru Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government.
Personal Overview - Entered the Welsh Assembly in 2011 after having previously been an MP, holding the Ceredigion seat after winning a by-election there in 2000 until the 2005 General Election. At Westminster he was a party spokesman on a wide range of issues including Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Transport, International Development, Energy, and Culture, Media and Sport. Prior to his Assembly election, in his role as a Special Advisor he assisted in delivering the Labour/Plaid Coalition administration's One Wales programme. He is a former Taff Ely Borough Council Leader and member of Ceredigion County Council, also having held several senior policy development roles within Plaid Cymru. Likely to be knowledgeable on local community issues, having been involved locally in rural regeneration issues. Has shown concern about Objective 1 funding from the EU, and the corresponding 'Match Funding' from the British Government. Interests include the Environment, Sustainable Economic Development & Social Services.
Political History - Former Taff Ely Borough Council Leader. Member of Ceredigion County Council (Aberystwyth East Ward). MP Ceredigion (by-election) (2000-05). Was a list candidate for Mid and West Wales at the 1999 Welsh National Assembly elections. Former Environment Policy Coordinator on the Plaid Cymru National Executive forum. Joint Vice Chairman of the All Party Environment Group (2001-05). Spokesman for Environment & the Regions, Transport Education & Employment, Energy & International Development. Member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (2000-05), member of the Catering Select Committee (2001-04), Standards & Privileges Select Committee (2004-05). Assembly election candidate for South Wales Central (2007). Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales (2011-). Member of the Children and Young People Committee (2011-). Member of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee (2011-). Member of the Finance Committee (2013-). Spokesperson for Education, Higher Education and Skills (2011-13). Spokesperson for Education and Skills, the Welsh Language (2013-).
Other Information - Welsh Nationalist, co-authored the 1999 Plaid Cymru Welsh Assembly manifesto with former MP Cynog Dafis. Has been a Vice-Chair of Globe UK, the international forum for green politicians. Is likely to be a Greenpeace supporter.
All Party Groups - N/a.
Business Tel: 029 2082 5111
Interests: Environment,Agriculture,Constitutional,Economic Regeneration,Regional Policy,Health & Safety,Social Services,Health,Europe,Rural,Social Security
- Finance Committee (Member)
- Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee (Member)
- Children and Young People Committee (Member)
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