MPs: Gwyn Price AM; John Bufton MEP; Lindsay Whittle AM;

Islwyn (National Assembly for Wales)

Mr Gwyn Price AM (Labour)

AM Since - 2011 Majority - 7,589 Born - 19. Married, 1 daughter, 1 granddaughter.
Education - N/a.
Previous Occupation - Branch Chair of UCATT (Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians). Branch Treasurer of NUPE (National Union of Public Employees). Executive member of Caerphilly Unison. Worked for Caerphilly Council as a Contracts Manager.

Personal Overview - Held the safe Islwyn seat for Labour at the 2011 elections where he replaced Irene James who had decided to stand down. He had previously lost his Council seat while Deputy Leader at Caerphilly at the 2008 local elections. Prior to his election, locally he had campaigned against Caerphilly Council’s plans to close the council’s cash offices and ‘Customer First’ shops in Blackwood, Newbridge and Risca. In his Local Authority career he had been responsible for a team of ninety employees and has also been active in several Unions as a Branch Chair of UCATT, a Branch Treasurer of NUPE and Executive Member of Caerphilly UNISON. His political motivations include an objective to achieve social and economic equality for all having grown up in the South Wales valley town of Tirphil (father was a miner) and has seen firsthand the effects of social and economic decline.

Political History - Former Councillor, Caerphilly County Borough Council. Former Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Portfolio member for Human Resources, Constitutional Affairs and Procurement. Assembly Member for Islwyn (2011-). Member of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee (2011-). Member of the Public Accounts Committee (2011-13). Member of the Health and Social Care Committee (2013-).

Other Information - Has been a Chair of Governors for Penllwyn Primary School and Treasurer for Pontllanfraith BLP.

All Party Groups - N/a.

Business Tel: 029 2089 8309


Interests: Social Policy,Economic Regeneration,Health & Safety,Local Government

Commitee membership
  • Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee (Member)
  • Health and Social Care 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 Goldsmith’s 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


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Interests: Transport,Employment,Tourism & Leisure

Commitee membership
  • 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). Member of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee (2012-13). Spokesperson for Social Services, Children and Equal Opportunities (2011-13). Spokesperson for Social Services, Equality, Older people (2013-).

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

Commitee membership
  • Health and Social Care Committee (Member)


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