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


UK: Wales: AMs

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).

Education
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%

Majority
604






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