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

UK: Wales: AMs

Sue Essex


Cardiff North Constituency

Assembly Secretary for Environment, Planning and Transport
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
August 29, 1945.
Place of Birth - Cromford.
Married - September 9, 1967, Richard Essex (1 son 1 daughter).

Leicester University (BA Hons Geography).

Previous Occupation(s)
Technical Secretary, South Wales Standing Conference 1971-73.
Researcher, Equal Opportunity Commission 1985-87.
Planner, Mid Glamorgan County Council 1987-91.
Lecturer, University of Wales, Cardiff 1991-99.
London Borough of Waltham Forest 1996-97
Essex County Council 1997-99.

Political Career
Cardiff City Council 1983-95, former Deputy Leader/Leader Cardiff County Council 1995-99.
AM for the Constituency of Cardiff North since May 6, 1999.

A university lecturer, who is one of Labour's most experienced Assembly politicians, Sue essexand brings years of experience as a Cardiff councillor to her role as Labour AM for Cardiff North. She beat the Conservative Jonathan Morgan by a small margin in Cardiff North, a seat which has alternated between the parties at Westminster – it contains prosperous residential suburbs, and forms part of an area which voted NO by a sizeable majority in the referendum. It is represented at Westminster by Julie Morgan, wife of Rhodri Morgan, whom she supported for leader.

With a career in planning, she lectured at the University of Wales College, Cardiff (now on leave of absence), and is the former leader of Cardiff city council. When she decided to stand down as a councillor the South Wales Echo said she would be “remembered as an effective leader of the old city council, believing in consensus politics and helping promote community schemes.”

A former member of the Countryside Council for Wales, Ms Essex is also set to play a key role in Labour's planning, transport and environment policies. She has signed a round robin expressing extreme caution about GM crops.

In Rhodri Morgan's first Assembly Cabinet, Ms Essex was given a new portfolio, Environment, Transport and Planning and has stood down from her former role as chair of the Assembly committee on Local Government and the Environment.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Cardiff North Constituency
Essex, S. (Lab) 12,198 38.70%
Morgan, J. (Con) 9,894 31.39%
Meikle, A. (LD) 5,088 16.14%
Mann, C. (PC) 4,337 13.76%


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