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

UK: Wales: AMs

Christine Chapman


Cynon Valley Constituency
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
April 7, 1956.
Place of Birth - Porth, Rhondda.
Married - September 5, 1981, Dr Michael, son of Don and Mai Chapman (1 son 1 daughter).

Porth County School for Girls, Rhondda.
University of Wales, Aberystwyth (BA Hons History and Classical Studies).
South Bank Polytechnic (Diploma in Careers Guidance).
University of Wales, Cardiff (MSc Econ).
University of Wales, Swansea (PGCE).

Previous Occupation(s)
Supervisor, Mid Glamorgan Community Services Agency 1979-80.
Mid Glamorgan Careers Service 1980-93.
Seconded to Mid Glamorgan Education Business Partnership 1993-94.
Consultancy work and Secondary School Teacher 1995-96.
Co-Ordinator, Torfaen Education Business Partnership 1996-99.

Political Career
Contested Trallwn 1991 Taff Ely District Elections.
Political Education Officer, Cynon Valley 1992-94.
Rhondda Cynon Taff Council:
Councillor 1995-
Vice-Chair Community Development and Libraries Sub-Committee 1995-98
Chair, Management Committee of the Pupil Referral Unit 1998.
Community Councillor, Ynysybwl 1995-.
Director, Mid Glamorgan Careers Ltd 1996-99.
AM for the Constituency of Cynon Valley since May 6, 1999.

A member of the Assembly's Committees on Equality of Opportunity, Post 16 Education and Training, and Audit.

She was lucky to hold on to Cynon Valley for Labour. She won by a small margin from Plaid Cymru, despite a 28% swing to PC, on a 45% turnout. It has always been a Labour stronghold and is represented at Westminster by Ann Clwyd.

Labour used to dominate the local council, but on polling day there was a massive swing-round at local level too, and Plaid now control the local authority.

It is a former mining area - only worker-owned Tower Colliery remains, now the last deep mine in Wales - and still has relatively high levels of unemployment, despite attracting new industries.

In the selection process Ms Chapman was "paired" with Ron Davies.

An Education and Business partnership Co-ordinator (for Torfaen Council), who has also been a teacher, youth worker and careers adviser. A local councillor, and chair of governors of a primary school.

She is a member of the Institute of Careers Guidance, and was formerly a director of Mid Glam Careers Ltd. Her special interests are education and training, equal opportunities and social exclusion. She was hoping to start Welsh language classes.

In Rhodri Morgan's first Assembly administration she became a Deputy Secretary with junior responsibility for education and the economy.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Cynon Valley Constituency
Chapman, C. (Lab/Co-op) 9,883 45.62%
Richards, P. (PC) 9,206 42.49%
Willott, A. (LD) 1,531 7.07%
Hayward, E. (Con) 1,046 4.83%


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