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


UK: Wales: AMs

Owen John Thomas

Plaid Cymru

South Wales Central Region
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
October 3, 1939.
Place of Birth - Cardiff.
Married - 1984 (5 sons 1 daughter).

Education
Howardian High School.
Glamorgan College of Education.
University of Wales College, Cardiff (MA, Certificate of Education).

Previous Occupation(s)
Tax Officer 1956-61.
Chemical Analyst 1961-68.
Teacher 1971-.

Political Career
Cardiff City Council.
Welsh Education Task Group 1995-.
Contested Cardiff North 1979 General Election.
Contested Cardiff Central, AM for the Region of South Wales Central since May 6, 1999.


Owen John Thomas sits on three Assembly committees: on Legislation, Pre-16 Education, Schools and Early Learning, and Local Government and Environment.

He stood in Cardiff Central and was third to Jenny Randerson (Lib Dem). But as number-two on Plaid’s list for South Wales Central, he won a “top-up” seat.

He is a former deputy Head Teacher, and Chairman of Cardiff region of UCAC (the Welsh-language teachers’ union).

Mr Thomas is also currently chairman of Cardiff District of Plaid Cymru, and has extensive experience of local government. He recently accused Cardiff’s Lord Mayor of “arrogance”.

He has been a party agent, a party commissioner and has interests in Citizens Advice Bureau and Cardiff history. He has said “I have never, never used the word Independence”. In 1998 he wrote several letters to the press about the appropriate building for the new National Assembly. He favoured the City Hall.


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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