Wednesday, September 1, 1999
Published at 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
UK: Wales: AMs
Newport East Constituency
Date of Birth -
December 19, 1956.
Place of Birth -
May 6, 1978, Alison, daughter of Donald Henry Hopkins and of Lilian Jean Hopkins (2 sons).
Duffryn Comprehensive School.
Newport College of Further Education.
University College, Cardiff (LLB Hons).
University of Wales, Continuing Education Dept (Diploma in Social Studies - Developmental and Social Psychology).
Various occupations prior to Degree.
Lecturer in Further and Higher Education 1988-89.
Production Executive 1990.
Gwent County Council 1994-95
Newport County Borough Council 1995-99.
AM for the Constituency of Newport East since May 6, 1999.
John Griffiths is a member of the Standards of Conduct Committee of the Assembly, and also of the Post 16 Education and Training Committee.
He won this safe seat by a fair margin on a low turnout – it is represented at Westminster by the former Tory MP Alan Howarth, who was selected when Roy Hughes went to the Lords – and it includes the giant Llanwern steelworks.
He read law as a mature student, before becoming a solicitor and lecturer .
He has served as a Gwent county councillor and Newport borough councillor.
He sits on Labour's National Policy Forum. He is a member of the Worker's Education Association, the Full Employment Forum, MSF, the Co-op Party, and the ISTC union. The latter two contributed to his election expenses. In the Register he declares gifts, including 60 bottles of Assembly ale.
He is a keen runner and has raised £3500 for various charities by running four times in the London Marathon.
Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999 Newport East Constituency