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

UK: Wales: AMs

Carwyn Jones


Bridgend Constituency
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
March 21, 1967.
Place of Birth - Swansea.
Married - December 3, 1994, Lisa, daughter of Edward and Stella Murray.

Brynteg Comprehensive School, Bridgend.
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Inns of Court School of Law (LLB Wales, Barrister-at-Law).

Previous Occupation(s)
Barrister, Gower Chambers, Swansea 1991-99.
Lecturer, Centre for Professional Legal Studies, Cardiff 1997-.

Political Career
Bridgend County Borough Council 1995-
Coity Higher Community Council 1995-.
AM for the Constituency of Bridgend since May 6, 1999.

Carwyn Jones is a member of the Assembly committees on Agriculture and Rural Development, Legislation, and Equality of opportunity.

He had a comfortable victory over the Tory candidate at Bridgend, which is mainly an industrial area, with the large Ford factory; it also includes the holiday and retirement area of Porthcawl. The unions Aslef (500) and the TGWU(100) contributed to his election expenses.

The 32-year-old barrister and professional tutor in the Law school at University of Wales, Cardiff, specialises in Criminal, Family and personal Injury Law. He was an active campaigner for a Yes vote in the referendum campaign, and is a councillor for Bridgend County Borough. After the count he fell out with Sir Ray Powell over the scrutiny procedures.

Mr Jones, a fluent Welsh speaker, is the chair of Bridgend County Borough Labour Group. He is a member of UNISON, the Society of Labour Lawyers, Amnesty International and the Fabian Society.

His political interests include transport, Europe, and legal affairs. He is a school governor. His wife works for the BBC.

In Rhodri Morgan's first Assembly administration, he became a Deputy Secretary with junior responsibilities for local government, environment and land.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Bridgend Constituency
Jones, C. (Lab) 9,321 37.24%
Cairns, A. (Con) 5,063 20.23%
Canning, J. (PC) 4,919 19.65%
Humphreys, R. (LD) 3,910 15.62%
Jones, A. (Ind) 1,819 7.27%


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