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

UK: Wales: AMs

Jane Davidson


Pontypridd Constituency

Deputy Presiding Officer
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
March 19, 1957.
Place of Birth - Birmingham.
Married - January 29, 1993, Guy Roger George, son of Alvan and Maisie Stoate (2 step sons 1 daughter).

Malvern Girls' College.
Birmingham University (BA Hons English).
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (PGCE).

Previous Occupation(s)
Teacher 1981-84.
Development Officer, YHA 1984-87.
Youth and Community Worker 1987-90.
Researcher to Rhodri Morgan, MP 1991-96.
Welsh Co-ordinator, National Local Government Forum Against Poverty 1994-96.
Head of Social Affairs, Welsh Local Government Association.

Political Career
Councillor, Cardiff City Council 1987-96.
AM for the Constituency of Pontypridd since May 6, 1999.
Deputy Presiding Officer 1999-.

The former councillor was run close by Plaid Cymru when she was elected as AM for Pontypridd

However, since her election, she has been chosen by First Secretary Alun Michael as deputy presiding officer (to Dafydd Elis-Thomas) in the Assembly.

Pontypridd is normally a safe Labour seat, held at Westminster by Kim Howells MP by a massive majority. But on polling day Labour got a rude shock at local level, when Plaid Cymru seized control of the Rhondda Cynon Taff council, which covers the area. The town is surrounded by former mining centres, and serves increasingly as a dormitory area for Cardiff.

The head of social affairs at the Welsh Local Government Association is a former co-ordinator of anti-poverty action, and is regarded as very much a New Labour figure. She was a late addition to the selection list, but was tipped for preferment.

An ex-Cardiff City councillor, Ms Davidson has experience of issues ranging from housing, equal opportunities to social policy. She ran the office of Rhodri Morgan MP for five years. She chairs the governors of a school.

She is a keen supporter of the arts, and was a member of the Welsh Arts Council for 12 years, and of its Lottery Board.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Pontypridd Constituency
Davidson, J. (Lab) 11,330 38.37%
Hancock, B. (PC) 9,755 33.04%
Orsi, G. (LD) 5,240 17.75%
Ingerfield, S. (Con) 2,485 8.42%
Phillips, P. (Ind) 436 1.48%
Griffiths, R. (Comm) 280 0.95%


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