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

UK: Wales: AMs

Jonathan Morgan


South Wales Central Region

Spokesman for Education
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
November 12, 1974.
Place of Birth - Cardiff.

Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales High School.
Cardiff University (LLB (Hons) Law and Politics, MScEcon The European Policy Process).

Previous Occupation(s)
European Consultant to the ESF Secretariat, Fforwm Ltd 1997-98.
European and External Funding Officer, Cardiff's College of Further Education - Coleg Glan Hafren 1998-.

Political Career
Contested Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney 1997 General Election.
Contested Cardiff, AM for the Region of South Wales Central since May 6, 1999.
Spokesman for Education 1999-.
Vice-Chairman, Welsh Conservative Party 1997-98.

JONATHAN MORGAN (Con TU South Wales Central) Mr Morgan, aged just 24, was the youngest Assembly member when it first met.

As the Tory spokesman on education, he sits on both the Pre-16 and Post-16 Education Committees of the Assembly. He was the party's spokesman on sport , arts and culture during the election campaign, and was Nick Bourne's campaign manager in the leadership contest. He has called for a review of student tuition fees.

He stood in Cardiff North and ran Sue Essex (Labour) quite close - and picked up a "top-up" seat as no.1 on the Tories regional list for South Wales Central. He had a trial run at Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney in the 1997 General Election, and picked up 6.4% of the vote behind Ted Rowlands. He was selected whilst still a 21-year-old student.

He worked as a European officer with Coleg Glan Hafren. He has experience of working with the European Social Fund Secretariat.

In 1998, he was appointed as education adviser to the Welsh Conservative Party and has interests in policy matters such as Europe, education and local government. He was formerly chairman of the Conservatives at Cardiff University, and of Wales Conservative Students.

Among Welsh Tories, he has been one of those most prepared to see devolution as an opportunity rather than a threat.

Outside politics he enjoys golf, theatre and music.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
South Wales Central Region
Party Votes % AMs elected
Lab 79,564 16.80% 0
PC 58,080 12.27% 2
Con 34,944 7.38% 2
LD 30,911 6.53% 0
Un Soc 263 0.06% 0
Comm 121 0.03% 0

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