Wednesday, September 1, 1999
Published at 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
UK: Wales: AMs
Date of Birth -
August 25, 1950.
Place of Birth -
Catherine Byrne (2 sons).
Summerhill College, Sligo.
University College, Galway (MB, BCh, BAO).
Graduated Medical School 1974.
General Practice Vocational Training, Calderdale 1976-80.
General Practitioner, Blaengwynfi 1980-.
AM for the Constituency of Aberavon since May 6, 1999.
A member of the Assembly's committees on Health and Social Services, and Audit. He has supported a motion on free milk for schoolchildren.
He brings his special knowledge as a GP (he is one of two GPs elected to the Assembly), and member of West Glamorgan Local Medical Committee since 1980. He is a past member of the Practitioners' Committee for Wales. He qualified as a doctor in Galway in 1974. Until election he was secretary of the local Medical Committee. He has been concerned about the lack of emergency medical cover in West Glamorgan.
In the election (when his three main opponents were all called Davies) he managed to stay well ahead of the Plaid candidate, Janet Davies. Aberavon is a safe Labour seat represented at Westminster by John Morris; it contains Port Talbot steelworks and the Baglan Bay petro-chemical plant. There was a large Yes vote in the area for devolution in the referendum. The MSF union contributed £1000 to Brian Gibbons' election expenses.
He is a comprehensive school governor, trustee of a boys' and girls' Club, and vice-president of a local football team. He has practised for 19 years in the valley village of Blaengwynfi.
Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999 Aberavon Constituency