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

UK: Wales: AMs

Gwenda Thomas


Neath Constituency

Personal Details
Date of Birth -
January 22, 1942.
Place of Birth - Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen.
Married - August 5, 1963, Morgan, son of Fred and Edith Thomas (1 son).

Gwaun Cae Gurwen and Cwmgors Primary Schools.
Pontardawe Grammar School.

Previous Occupation(s)
Clerical and Executive Officer, Lord Chancellor's Department, County Courts Branch 1959-69.
Benefits Agency 1974-88.

Political Career
Councillor, Llanguick Community Council.
Councillor, Gwaun Cae Gurwen Community Council, Chairman 1988-89.
West Glamorgan County Council
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.
AM for the Constituency of Neath since May 6, 1999.
Whip 1999-.

Gwenda Thomas sits on the Health and Social Services Committee of the Assembly. She is also link person for the west Wales regional committee.

She won Neath for Labour, though by no great margin from the Plaid candidate. The seat is held by Peter Hain at Westminster by a massive majority. Over a quarter of the electors speak Welsh, in this seat which is partly a dormitory area for Swansea, but has some industry and a large opencast mine.

She received campaign contributions from three unions: UCW, TGWU and USDAW.

She was a civil servant, a clerical and executive officer for the county court and Benefits Agency.

As councillor for Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen on Neath Port Talbot CBC, she chaired the councilís Social Services Committee. She has campaigned for carersí rights, having cared for her own mother for several years. She launched a campaign to find more foster carers. In 1997 she had to bring in nearly £2m worth of cuts to services. She has been local organiser for the Blood Transfusion Service.

She is a Welsh speaker , and has served on the Welsh language Education Development Committee, representing the Parent Teachersí Association of Wales. She has supported a number of charities such as Barnardos and the NSPCC.

She has previous political experience as Labour's branch treasurer in Neath.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Neath Constituency
Thomas, G. (Lab) 12,234 45.49%
Jones, T. (PC) 9,616 35.75%
Davies, D. (LD) 2,631 9.78%
Chambers, J. (Con) 1,895 7.05%
Duncan, N. (Un Soc) 519 1.93%


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