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Tuesday, July 4, 2000 Published at 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK

UK: Wales: AMs

Delyth Evans


Mid and West Wales Region
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
March 17, 1958
Place of Birth - Cardiff

Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen (nr Pontypridd)
University of Wales, Aberystwyth (BA Hons - French)

Previous Occupation(s)
Management Consultant

Political Career
Joined the Labour Party in 1984
1992 - Assistant to Gordon Brown MP
1992 - 1994 - Policy Advisor/Speechwriter to John Smith MP (Leader of Labour Party)
1999 - Special advisor to Alun Michael, First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales
May 2000 - AM for Mid & West Wales

Alun Michael's former special adviser, Delyth Evans, was sworn in as his replacement in the Welsh Assembly.

The former First Secretary formally severed his links with the Assembly on 1 May, reverting to his Westminster role and bringing to a close his unhappy association with the Assembly.

Mr Michael resigned as first secretary in February just before a Plaid Cymru-inspired vote of no confidence in his leadership.

The vote followed what Plaid regarded as the failure of the then first secretary to secure Treasury match-funding for 1.2bn worth of European grants for deprived areas of Wales.

His departure paved the way for Delyth Evans who was the second name on Labour's regional list of candidates for Mr Michael's former seat of Mid and West Wales.

Under the Assembly's election rules, no by-election is necessary for the regional seat - the next candidate is automatically appointed.

A former assistant to late Labour leader John Smith, Ms Evans knows her predecessor well. Until his resignation, she was one of Mr Michael's special advisers in the Assembly.

She is a Welsh speaker, and recently argued in an Assembly debate on the language that no new legislation to promote the language was currently necessary.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Mid and West Wales Region
Party Votes % AMs elected
PC 84,554 20.87% 1
Lab 53,842 13.29% 1
Con 36,622 9.04% 2
LD 31,683 7.82% 0
Green 4,872 1.20% 0
Soc Lab 1,851 0.46% 0
NLP 417 0.10% 0

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