Welsh Government Ministers
The key figures with responsibility for the Welsh rural economy have a wide variety of interests and CLA Wales will be working hard to lobby them on members' behalf.
Edwina Hart AM OstJ MBE Minister for Business, Enterprise and Technology is the Assembly member for Gower and was born and raised in Gowerton where she still lives. She was elected to the first Assembly in 1999 and became the Assembly's first Finance Secretary. In 2000 this was changed to include responsibility for local government and she became Minister for Finance and Local Government. After the 2003 Assembly election she took on the newly created Social Justice portfolio and became the Assembly's first Social Justice and Regeneration Minister.
John Griffiths AM Newport East is a law graduate and has a diploma in psychology from the University of Wales, Cardiff. John was Counsel General and Leader of the Legislative Programme and was first elected to the National Assembly for Wales in 1999. He has previously served as Deputy Minister for Skills, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services and as Deputy Economic Development Minister. John’s political interests include economic development, social inclusion, education and Europe.
Huw Lewis AM Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney is the new Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage.In 2009, following Rhodri Morgan's resignation, Huw ran for the leadership of Welsh Labour, losing out to Carwyn Jones. Huw returned to government following the contest as Deputy Minister for Children. Huw lives in Merthyr Tydfil with his wife Lynne Neagle (Assembly Member for Torfaen) and their two children James (7) and Sam (1).
Alun Davies AM Blaenau Gwent is the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Alun was elected to the National Assembly in May 2007. He is a former Chair of the Rural Affairs Committee. Alun is from Tredegar and was educated at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Alun has been active campaigning on local and national issues from the availability of broadband and access to public transport to poverty, deprivation and the improvement of public services.
Please note that the link to the CLA Wales Manifesto 2011 is: http://www.cla.org.uk/pdf/WelshManifesto2011.pdf
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