Wednesday, September 1, 1999
Published at 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
UK: Wales: AMs
Cardiff South and Penarth Constituency
Date of Birth -
March 18, 1950.
Place of Birth -
July 27, 1972, Paul, son of late David and Hazel Barrett (1 son 1 daughter).
Porth County School for Girls.
Secretarial Work 1970-74.
Personal and Political Assistant to Rt Hon. Alun Michael, MP 1987-99.
Penarth Town Council 1991-99
Vale of Glamorgan Unitary Authority 1995-99.
AM for the Constituency of Cardiff South and Penarth since May 6, 1999.
Member of the Assembly Committee on pre-16 Education, Schools, and Early Learning
The former nurse won easily for Labour in Alun Michael's own parliamentary constituency, where she was his constituency secretary for 12 years. There was a very low turnout and 600 spoilt papers. It is part of an area that voted with a resounding No in the Referendum on devolution.
She knows the area intimately through her work as a local councillor and political secretary. Cardiff South and Penarth is the constituency that holds the Welsh Assembly, as well as the Cardiff Bay area and the docks. Mainly working-class, though Penarth is more prosperous. Labour dominates the Cardiff council.
In her election campaign, the TGWU(of which she is a member) contributed £500, the Co-operative party (of which she is also a member) contributed £1,500, and the rail union RMT £50.
She has been a member of the Labour Party for 22 years, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Wales Labour Party, and Labour’s National Policy Forum. She opposed the twinning of constituencies to achieve “gender balance “ in selection of candidates – she called it “insulting”.
In July she led a debate to outlaw hunting with dogs, which she called “barbaric”, and said she would try to stop it on Forestry Commission Land. She is a vegetarian. She has also expressed concern about unofficial travellers’ camps.
Unpaid director of Penarth Youth Project. Enjoys cinema and keeping fit.
In February 2000, following Alun Michael's resignation as First Secretary, Ms Barrett, along with two other AMs, resigned her position as a whip, claiming there had been a plot to oust Mr Michael.
Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999 Cardiff South and Penarth Constituency