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

UK: Wales: AMs

Val Feld


Swansea East Constituency
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
October 29, 1947.
Place of Birth - Bangor.
Married - 1969, John Feld, divorced 1979 (2 daughters).

Hillgrove School, Bangor The Abbey, Malvern Wells.
Oxford College of Technology.
University of Wales, Cardiff (MSc Econ).

Previous Occupation(s)
Researcher/Secretary, BBC, ITN, Tellex Monitors 1969-72.
Voluntary and Community Activities 1972-77.
Housing/Welfare Rights Worker, Chorley 1977-79.
Founder/Director, Shelter Cymru 1981-89.
Director for Wales, Equal Opportunities Commission 1989-99.

Political Career
Councillor 1975-77.
AM for the Constituency of Swansea East since May 6, 1999.

She took over the chair of the Economic Development Committee of the Assembly when Ron Davies stood down. She is also on the European Affairs and the Standards of Conduct committees. Before the election she was tipped by some for a Cabinet post.

The AM for Swansea East had a clear victory over the PC candidate on a low turnout The seat, which contains the city’s industrial areas, is held at Westminster by Donald Anderson and is firmly Labour, as is the Swansea local authority.

She has strong credentials on the issue of devolution, having been treasurer for the all-party 'Yes for Wales' pro-devolution campaign. She has said : "I am not by nature a person with a combative style. The way I approach solving difficult problems is to listen to people to gather information and seek to achieve consensus."

She is the director of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Wales. She was a founder of the housing charity Shelter Cymru. She has worked as a journalist in London and as a housing welfare rights worker in Lancs. She has interests in economic development, housing, education, poverty and social exclusion.

She is a Welsh learner. Member of Amnesty International and Greenpeace. Director of Women’s Jazz Archive. Member of Cyrenians Cymru. Governor of a primary school in Swansea.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Swansea East Constituency
Feld, V. (Lab) 9,495 45.57%
Ball, J. (PC) 5,714 27.43%
Black, P. (LD) 3,963 19.02%
Hughes, B. (Con) 1,663 7.98%


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