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

UK: Wales: AMs

John Marek


Wrexham Constituency
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
December 24, 1940.
Place of Birth - London.
Married - 1964, Anne Pritchard.

Chatham House Grammar School.
King's College, London (PhD).

Previous Occupation(s)
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, University College of Wales 1966-83.

Political Career
Councillor, Ceredigion District Council 1979-83.
Chairman, Finance Committee 1982-83.
Contested Ludlow October 1974.
MP for Wrexham since June 1983.
AM for the Constituency of Wrexham since May 6, 1999.

Dr Marek was originally an opponent of devolution but had a change of heart on the issue during the long years of Labour's opposition to a succession of Tory governments.

As MP for Wrexham since 1983,he became an able advocate of devolution, and now represents the seat in the Assembly as well. He is one of 7 “dual mandate” MPs. His majority was much reduced, though the turnout was less than 35%. The MSF gave £1000 towards his campaign expenses. Wrexham is the largest town in north Wales. On May 6th Labour lost overall control of the council.

Dr Marek , a former lecturer in mathematics, has become something of a maverick in the Assembly and it has been said in jest that he leads the fourth opposition party. He sits on the Assembly’s committee on Pre-16 Education, Schools and Early Learning, and also on the Legislation Committee.

He supported Rhodri Morgan for the leadership . He walked out of a Labour meeting saying he would have nothing to do with a “witchhunt “ against Ron Davies, and his name was put forward by other parties as a replacement for Davies as chairman of the Economic Development Committee. He has been privately “chastised” by Labour whips for his independent behaviour.

He was Labour's shadow spokesman on health between 1985-87, and then shadow spokesman for the treasury and economic affairs between 1987-92. Born to Czech parents, he is a Europhile with a global outlook who has taken many sponsored trips abroad through the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union.

His wife Anne has worked as his secretary. He is a keen chess and bridge player.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Wrexham Constituency
Marek, J. (Lab) 9,239 53.06%
O'Toole, C. (LD) 2,767 15.89%
Elphick, F. (Con) 2,747 15.78%
Ryder, J. (PC) 2,659 15.27%


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