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

UK: Wales: AMs

Pauline Jarman

Plaid Cymru

South Wales Central Region
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
December 15, 1945.
Place of Birth - Mountain Ash.
Married - August 30, 1965, Colin son of late Douglas and Gwyneth Jarman (2 sons).

Mountain Ash Grammar School.

Previous Occupation(s)
Export Officer, AB Metals, Abercynon 1961-63.
Import/Export Officer, Fram Filters, Treforest 1963-65.
Import Officer AB Metals, Abercynon 1965-66.
Chief Cashier, GUS, Caerphilly 1966-69.
Pharmacy Assistant, E R Thomas, Mountain Ash 1973-78.
Self-Employed Retailer 1978-88.

Political Career
Councillor, Cynon Valley Council 1976-96, Mayor 1987-88.
Mid-Glamorgan County Council 1981-96
Rhondda Cynon Taff 1996-.
AM for the Region of South Wales Central since May 6, 1999.

A member of the Assembly Committee on Pre-16 Education, Schools and Early Learning.

The leader of the Plaid Cymru Group on the south Wales valley local authority Rhondda Cynon Taff, she is an experienced former Cynon Valley borough councillor.

She led her party to election success in May, by dramatically bringing Plaid to power in Rhondda Cynon Taff, which had been Labour-run for more than 70 years, and by getting elected herself as a list member for the Assembly. She has been extremely busy since. She declared she would not take her £13,000 a year allowance as council leader.

The local government victory was the culmination of years of Plaid Cymru pressure, but was aided by recent scandals involving the local Labour administration. She said the council was “effectively bankrupt” and pledged cuts, job losses and tighter discipline.

Mrs Jarman is likely to be an influential force in Plaid on issues such as economic regeneration in the Valleys and modernising local government.

Lives in Cwmpennar, Mountain Ash, with husband Colin. Enjoys playing with grandchildren. In Sept. 1997 a former mayoress was fined and made to pay costs for punching her unconscious at a civic dinner.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
South Wales Central Region
Party Votes % AMs elected
Lab 79,564 16.80% 0
PC 58,080 12.27% 2
Con 34,944 7.38% 2
LD 30,911 6.53% 0
Un Soc 263 0.06% 0
Comm 121 0.03% 0

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