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

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Brian Hancock

Plaid Cymru

Islwyn Constituency
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
August 8, 1950.
Place of Birth - Cardiff.
Married - December 30, 1972, Elizabeth, daughter of Wasyl Kalynka and Gwenllian Kalynka (née Edwards) (1 son 1 daughter).

Lady Marys High School, Cardiff.
Llandaf Technical College, Cardiff.
Polytechnic of Wales, Pontypridd (BSc Chemical Engineering, Dip Occupational Safety and Health, DipL Loss Prevention in Process Industries).

Previous Occupation(s)
Project/Chemical Engineer, Monsanto Ltd 1974-76.
Shift Production Supervisor and Chemical Engineer, ReChem International Ltd 1976-81, Assistant Plant Manager 1981-85.
Specialist Chemical Inspector of Factories, Health and Safety Executive 1985-88.
Health, Safety and Environment Superintendent, BP Chemicals 1988-92.
Self-employed Health, Safety and Environment Consultant 1992-.

Political Career
AM for Islwyn constituency since May 6, 1999.
Deputy Whip, spokesman for Small Businesses, 2000-.

Victory on 6 May for Brian Hancock in the South Wales valleys seat of Islwyn was a sign that the landscape of Welsh politics was changing radically. He said: "This is the best day of my life".

The seat, previously held at Westminster by the former Labour leader Neil Kinnock, was one of Labour's safest, and, with a low proportion of Welsh speakers, was not natural Plaid territory.

Mr Hancock's victory, by the small majority of 604 , combined with that of Geraint Davies in Rhondda, gave the party its longed-for breakthrough in the valleys. Plaid also took control of the Caerphilly council which covers the area. Islwyn is a mix of unemployment and new industries typical of Valley seats.

He sits on three of the Assembly’s committees: Standards of Conduct, Economic Development, and Local Government and Environment and is the party's deputy whip and spokesman on small businesses.

Mr Hancock is a chemical engineer and a registered safety practitioner. He is a self-employed consultant. He lists his clients in the Assembly Register. He is a member of professional institutions concerned with safety and chemical engineering.

He has championed the cause of pensioners’ poverty.

He is a school governor, a member of Newport education committee, and is chairman of Newport Harriers Athletic Club. A long-distance runner, his political interests include the environment, education and equal opportunities.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Islwyn Constituency
Hancock, B. (PC) 10,042 41.97%
Williams, S. (Lab) 9,438 39.44%
Bennett, C. (LD) 2,351 9.83%
Stevens, C. (Con) 1,621 6.77%
Thomas, I. (Un Soc) 475 1.99%


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