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

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Jane Hutt


Vale of Glamorgan Constituency

Assembly Secretary for Health and Social Services
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
December 15, 1949.
Place of Birth - Epsom.
Married - July 15, 1984, Michael Trickey (2 daughters).

Rosemead School, Sussex.
Highlands School, Eldoret, Kenya.
University of Kent at Canterbury.
London School of Economics.
Bristol University (BA Hons, COSW, MSc).

Previous Occupation(s)
Community Worker:
Blackfriars Settlement 1970-71
Impact, Cowbridge 1972-74
Polypill, Newport 1974-77.
Co-Ordinator, Welsh Women's Aid 1978-88.
Tenant Participation Advisory Service 1988-92
Fair Play 1992-.

Political Career
Councillor, South Glamorgan County Council 1981-93.
Non Executive Director, Cardiff Community Healthcare Trust 1995-99.
Contested Cardiff North 1983 General Election.
AM for the Constituency of Vale of Glamorgan since May 6, 1999.
Assembly Secretary for Health and Social Services 1999-.

Jane Hutt has a double role : as Assembly Secretary for Health and Social Services, where she presides over the NHS in Wales - Alun Michael said on her appointment that he had ordered a major stocktaking of the Health Service - and as Chairwoman of the Assembly Committee on Equality of Opportunity.

In these posts she will draw on her previous experience as the director of Chwarae Teg, the equal opportunities organisation, as a member of the New Deal taskforce, and also as director of Cardiff Community Healthcare Trust. She has also been a special adviser to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee in the Commons.

As HSS Secretary she oversees an annual budget of 3bn, and an NHS workforce of over 60,000- by far the largest responsibility in Wales. Waiting lists, health authority debts, doctors' hours, and the shortage of nurses, are among her main problems.

She won the marginal Vale of Glamorgan seat with a majority of just 926 over Conservative candidate David Melding. The seat, which at Westminster has swung between Tory and Labour, contains the industrial and port town of Barry, and the more prosperous Vale. In the devolution referendum there was a large NO vote in the area, and on May 6th the Tories became the largest party on the local council.

She served on South Glamorgan C.C. where she was vice-chairwoman of the Social services committee.

A school governor and Welsh learner, her interests include economic development, women and work, childcare, voluntary sector issues and equal opportunities.

She is a doctor's daughter, brought up in Epsom , Uganda and Kenya, before returning to study at the University of Kent. Her first job was doing social work in Southwark. She married Labour councillor Michael Trickey.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Vale of Glamorgan Constituency
Hutt, J. (Lab) 11,448 34.95%
Melding, D. (Con) 10,522 32.12%
Franks, C. (PC) 7,848 23.96%
Little, F. (LD) 2,938 8.97%


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