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

UK: Wales: AMs

Helen Mary Jones

Plaid Cymru

Llanelli Constituency

Spokesperson for Social Inclusion and Equal Opportunity
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
June 29, 1960.
Place of Birth - Colchester, Essex.
Married - (1 daughter).

Colchester County High School.
Llanfair Caerlinion High School.
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (BA Hons History, Postgraduate Certificate of Education).

Previous Occupation(s)
Special Education Teacher, Gwent 1982-87.
Organiser for Wales, ActionAid 1987-91.
Cynon Valley Crime Prevention Bureau 1991-93.
Project Manager:
NACRO 1993-94
Barnardos 1994-96;Deputy Director, Equal Opportunities Commission 1996-.

Political Career
Contested Islwyn 1992 General Election and Montgomeryshire 1997 General Election. AM for Llanelli constituency since May 6, 1999.
Spokesperson for Social Inclusion and Equal Opportunity 1999-2000.
Spokesperson for Environment, Transport and Planning. plus Equal Opportunities 2000-.

Helen Mary Jones is Plaid Cymru's Assembly Secretary for Environment & Transport & Planning plus Equal Opportunities. She also sits on three Assembly committees: on Equality of Opportunity, Economic Development, and Health and Social Services. She also chairs the 17-strong PC party group in the Assembly. She was a member of the National Assembly Advisory Group.

She was one of the three candidates for the presidency of Plaid Cymru following Dafydd Wigley's resignation in July 2000, but polled only 13%. However, her challenge to the winning candidate, Ynys Mon AM and MP Ieuan Wyn Jones did not spoil her chances with the party's new president, as he rewarded her with a shadow secretary's post.

She took the Llanelli seat for Plaid in 1999 with a narrow win over Labour's Ann Garrard. The victory, in a seat which had been thought safe for Labour, was one of Plaid's most prized gains in the 6 May elections. The constituency is held at Westminster by Denzil Davies, and suffers from the run-down in traditional heavy industries and coalmining. It forms part of Carmarthenshire, which is a strong Welsh-speaking area, and voted heavily in favour of devolution in the referendum.

Ms Jones, a Welsh speaker, is a senior development manager with the Equal Opportunities Commission in Wales, and is involved in Third World development.

She is Plaid Cymru spokesperson on social policy, and contested Islwyn in 1992 and Montgomeryshire in 1997. She was on the national committee of Welsh Women’s Aid. She has called for the formation of an Assembly group on children and young people.

Her political interests include social policy, equal opportunities, economic development and rural and international issues.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Llanelli Constituency
Jones, H. (PC) 11,973 42.18%
Garrard, A. (Lab/Co-op) 11,285 39.75%
Dumper, T. (LD) 2,920 10.29%
Harding, B. (Con) 1,864 6.57%
Popham, A. (Ind) 345 1.22%


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