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Wednesday, September 1, 1999 Published at 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK

UK: Wales: AMs

Peter Black

Liberal Democrat

South Wales West Region

Spokesman for Local Government, Environment and Housing
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
January 30, 1960.
Place of Birth - Clatterbridge, Wirral.
Married - Divorced.

Wirral Grammar School for Boys.
University College of Swansea (BA Hons English and History 1982).

Previous Occupation(s)
Research Assistant, West Glamorgan Social Services Department 1982-83.
Civil Servant, Land Registry for Wales 1983-99.

Political Career
Councillor, City and County of Swansea 1984-, Leader, Liberal Democrat Group.
Contested Swansea East, AM for the Region of South Wales West since May 6, 1999.
Spokesman for Local Government, Environment and Housing 1999-.

Member of the Audit Committee of the Assembly, and of the Local Government and Environment Committee – he is the Lib Dem spokesman. His brief includes transport. He was also elected Chairman of the South West Wales Regional Committee.

He stood in Swansea East and came a poor third to Val Feld, but picked up a top-up seat as no.1 on the Lib Dems’ regional list.

He has 15 years experience on Swansea Council (rising to leader of the Opposition, and issuing a stream of statements), whilst working as a civil servant in the Land Registry. He has been secretary of the Lib Dem Wales Finance and Administration Committee. He is senior party spokesman on open government. He is a former chairman of the Liberal Democrats in Wales.

He is governor of two schools in Swansea. He protested over a rise in local bus fares. He called for no appointed peers. He opposed out-of-town supermarkets. By the end of July he had asked more questions in the Assembly than anyone else. “The swot of the Assembly” – Western Mail. Worked so late one night, his car was locked in the car park.

Cuts his hair in a distinctive cropped fringe. Interested in film, theatre, poetry and cats. Declares that his partner works for the National Museums and Galleries of Wales, and lets out a commercial property. Also declares small gifts, including two dozen bottles of ale.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
South Wales West Region
Party Votes % AMs elected
Lab 70,625 17.94% 0
PC 50,757 12.89% 2
Con 20,993 5.33% 1
LD 18,527 4.71% 1
Green 4,082 1.04% 0
Un Soc 1,257 0.32% 0
NLP 676 0.17% 0

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