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


UK: Wales: AMs

Dr Richard Edwards

Labour

Preseli Pembrokeshire Constituency
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
August 25, 1956.
Place of Birth - Llanelli.

Education
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Carmarthen.
University of Wales, Swansea.
Birmingham University (BA, MA, PhD).

Previous Occupation(s)
Local Government Officer, London Borough of Hounslow 1979-81.
Lecturer and Researcher, Institute of Local Government Studies 1981-85.
Freelance Political Researcher 1985-87.
Agent and Research Assistant to Alan Williams, MP (Carmarthen) 1987-95.
Freelance Political Researcher and Lecturer 1995-99.

Political Career
Councillor, Carmarthen Town Council, Mayor of Carmarthen 1997-98.
AM for the Constituency of Preseli Pembrokeshire since May 6, 1999.


Member of the Assembly committees on Standards of Conduct, Equality of Opportunity and Agriculture and Rural Development.

The former mayor of Carmarthen won the Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly seat for Labour by a majority of less than 3,000. It is a mainly rural seat, which includes the Preseli mountains and most of the port town of Milford Haven. Represented at Westminster by Labourís Jackie Lawrence.

A member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries, he has worked in local government and political research. He has chaired groups on Access, Strokes, and Arthritis Care.

He is a veteran of the contention between Plaid Cymru and Labour in the volatile constituency of Carmarthen.

He is also governor of two schools and campaigns on issues such as welfare rights and disability.


Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Preseli Pembrokeshire Constituency
Edwards, R. (Lab) 9,977 34.31%
Bryant, C. (PC) 7,239 24.89%
Aubel, F. (Con) 6,585 22.64%
Lloyd, D. (LD) 3,338 11.48%
Luke, A. (Ind) 1,944 6.68%

Majority
2,738






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