Carwyn Jones


Carwyn Jones

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Carwyn Howell Jones AM, (born 21 March 1967), is the Labour Assembly Member for Bridgend. In the coalition government of Labour and Plaid Cymru, was appointed Counsel General for Wales and Leader of the House on 19 July 2007. Along with a number of other Assembly Members, he is a fluent Welsh speaker. Member of Amnesty International, and Fabian Society.

Education

He was a pupil at Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend, and then studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He subsequently trained as a barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law, London, and was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1989.

Professional career

Before his election to the National Assembly of Wales, he was a practising barrister who specialised in Family, Criminal and Personal Injury law. Was in legal practice for ten years at Gower Chambers, Swansea, and is now a door tenant at Temple Chambers in Cardiff. For two years he also worked as a Professional Tutor at Cardiff University on the Bar Vocational Course.

Political career

Former County Borough Councillor for Bridgend. Member of the National Assembly of Wales for Bridgend since 1999.

Carwyn Jones was appointed Deputy Secretary in the National Assembly for Wales in March 2000. In July 2000 he was appointed to the Assembly Cabinet as Assembly Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development in the [http://new.wales.gov.uk/?lang=en Welsh Assembly Government] (title was changed to Assembly Minister in October 2000). His responsibilities in this role included the environment, countryside issues, town and country planning, sustainable development, agriculture and rural development. In June 2002 he was appointed Minister for Open Government (additional role).

In the first Cabinet of the Third Assembly he was appointed Assembly Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language (31 May 2007), responsible for the [http://new.wales.gov.uk/about/departments/dells/?lang=en Department for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills] and the [http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/cultureandsport/?lang=en Culture] , [http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/welsh_language/?lang=en Welsh Language] and Sport portfolios. After his party entered into coalition with Plaid Cymru, Jones was reappointed as Counsel General and Leader of the House. He is widely favourite in becoming First Minister of Wales when Rhodri Morgan retire in 2009.

References

External links

* [http://www.carwynjonesam.co.uk/ Carwyn Jones AM Website]
* [http://bridgendnews.blogspot.com/ Blog of Carwyn Jones AM]
* [http://new.wales.gov.uk/about/cabinet/cabinetm/1133504?lang=en= Biography at the Welsh Assembly Government]

Offices held


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