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

UK: Wales: AMs

Tom Middlehurst


Alyn and Deeside Constituency

Assembly Secretary for Education and Training (Post 16)
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
June 25, 1936.
Place of Birth - Ormskirk, Lancashire.
Married - April 11, 1986, Patricia Mary (1 son 1 daughter from previous marriage).

Ormskirk Grammar School.
Wigan Technical College.
Liverpool Polytechnic.

Previous Occupation(s)
Engineering Apprentice 1952-57.
Underground Engineer, National Coal Board 1957-63.
Work Study Engineer/Manager, Private Sector 1963-71.
Local Government Officer, Flintshire/Clwyd County Council 1971-93.

Political Career
Councillor, Alyn and Deeside District Council 1986-95, Chair, Housing Committee Councillor, Clwyd County Council 1993-95, Chairman, Personnel Committee.
Leader, Flintshire County Council 1995-99.
Chairman, Welsh Local Government Association 1997-99.
AM for the Constituency of Alyn and Deeside since May 6, 1999.
Assembly Secretary for Education and Training (Post 16) 1999-.

The 63-year-old leader of Flintshire County Council has become Assembly secretary for post-16 education and training in Wales. This gives him a wide brief, making him responsible for sixth forms, universities, the New Deal, work training, the Welsh language, arts, culture, sport and recreation. He was expected to be secretary for local government.

There was some controversy on his responsibility for the Welsh language, as he is not a Welsh speaker (he was born in Ormskirk and moved to Wales in 1971). He has, however, undertaken to learn.

He had a clear victory at Alyn and Deeside, which is represented at Westminster by Barry Jones, and is largely industrial, with aerospace at Broughton mopping up some of the unemployment that followed the closure of Shotton steelworks. Labour controls the county council. The area voted No to devolution by a big margin.

A keen county crown bowler, Mr Middlehurst has worked as a management services officer in local government and led Flintshire council since 1995. He became chairman of the Welsh Local Government Association. He was also a member of the Welsh Economic Forum.

In sport he supports Everton FC and likes rugby league. He is a keen theatregoer and fought hard to save Theatr Clwyd.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Alyn and Deeside Constituency
Middlehurst, T. (Lab) 9,772 51.35%
Formstone, N. (Con) 3,413 17.93%
Owen, A. (PC) 2,304 12.11%
Clarke, J. (LD) 1,879 9.87%
Cooksey, J. (Ind) 1,333 7.00%
Davies, G. (Comm) 329 1.73%


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