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

UK: Wales: AMs

Alison Halford


Delyn Constituency
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
May 8, 1940.
Place of Birth - Norwich.

Notre Dame Convent Grammar School, Norwich.
Open University (Foundation Course).

Previous Occupation(s)
Police Officer 1962-92.
Assistant Chief Constable, Merseyside 1983.

Political Career
Councillor, Flintshire County Council.
Community Councillor, Hawarden Community Council.
AM for the Constituency of Delyn since May 6, 1999.

Ms Halford came to UK prominence when, as Assistant Chief Constable for Merseyside Police, she fought a long-running and high-profile sexual discrimination case against her employers. She was rejected for further promotion nine times.

Now she has switched from the police to politics. She says the skills required are very similar. She intends to serve one term.

She serves on the Assembly's Local Government and Environment Committee, and also on the Audit Committee.

A Flintshire county councillor, she beat Conservative candidate Karen Lumley by over 5,000 votes. All the candidates were women. The seat, held by David Hanson at Westminster, contains part of the Deeside industrial strip, combined with inland farming areas where Welsh is often spoken. In the referendum, Flintshire voted no to devolution by a big margin.

Since moving to north Wales, she has become a member of North Wales Police Authority, and is learning Welsh. She enjoys golf, swimming, gardening and painting.

She has announced her intention to stand down as an AM at the next Assembly election.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Delyn Constituency
Halford, A. (Lab) 10,672 44.74%
Lumley, K. (Con) 5,255 22.03%
Ellis, M. (PC) 4,837 20.28%
Burnham, E. (LD) 3,089 12.95%


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