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

UK: Wales: AMs

Michael German

Liberal Democrat

South Wales East Region

Leader, Liberal Democrats Wales.
Spokesman for Economic Development

Personal Details
Date of Birth -
May 8, 1945.
Married - Separated (2 daughters).

St Illtyd's College.
St Mary's College London.
Open University (Degree in Educational Studies).
University of the West of England (Post Gradudate Qualification in Education Management).

Previous Occupation(s)
Former Music Teacher.
European Director, Welsh Joint Education Committee.

Political Career
Councillor, Cardiff County Council 1983-, Group Leader 1983-95, Joint Leader.
Contested Cardiff North 1974 General Election, Cardiff Central 1979, 1983 and 1987 General Elections.
Contested Caerphilly, AM for the Region of South Wales East since May 6, 1999.
Spokesman for Economic Development 1999-.
Leader, Liberal Democrats Wales 1999-.

Leader of the six Liberal Democrats in the National Assembly. He chairs the Legislation Committee of the Assembly and also sits on the Economic Development Committee. Before the election it was speculated that he might serve in a coalition, but Labour preferred a minority administration. He pledged that Lib Dem AMs would “play a positive role”.

Mr German stood as a constituency candidate in Caerphilly against Ron Davies and came third, but won a top-up seat as first on the Lib Dems' regional list for South Wales East.

He has experience of local government as joint leader of the Lib Dems on Cardiff City Council. He has stood for parliament four times. He was director of LibDems Wales-General Election 92-97. He defeated Christine Humphreys for the leadership by 1037 to 883 in Nov.1998.

He has expressed his disappointment with the “trivia” and “petty squabbles” of the Assembly in its first three months. He has enrolled for Welsh classes. Supported a round robin expressing extreme caution about GM crops in Wales.

Formerly director of the European Unit at the Wales Joint Education Committee. He used to be a music teacher and is a school governor. Awarded OBE in 1998 for public and political services.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
South Wales East Region
Party Votes % AMs elected
Lab 83,953 18.22% 0
PC 49,139 10.66% 2
Con 33,946 7.37% 1
LD 24,757 5.37% 1
Soc Lab 4,879 1.06% 0
Green 4,055 0.88% 0
Un Soc 903 0.20% 0
NLP 898 0.19% 0

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