- Trish Law
name =Trish Law AM
birth_date =birth date and age|1954|3|17|df=y
office =Assembly Member
term_end = present
party = Independent
constituency = Blaenau Gwent
majority = 5,357 (22.8%)
children = five
website = [http://www.blaenaugwentpeoplesvoice.org/Trish%20Home.htm Blaenau Gwent People's Voice]
Patricia Law was born in
Nantyglo, Blaenau Gwent, in 1954. Law was educated in Nantyglo Junior School, Glanyravon Secondary Modern School and Ebbw Vale College. She trained as a Nursing Assistant in an EMI unit for Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust, before marrying Peter Law. The couple were married for 30 years and had five children and one grandchild.
During Peter Law’s term as AM and MP, Trish Law worked in his constituency office. She was Mayoress of Blaenau Gwent in 1988-89, Secretary of Abertillery and Blaina Inner Wheel Club (Rotary) and for a short period of time was Secretary of the League of Friends at Blaina Hospital.
After Peter Law's resignation from the Labour Party due to the imposition of an all-women candidate list, and later death from a
brain tumouron 25 April 2006, Trish Law was supported by Blaenau Gwent People's Voice Group, the group formed by those who helped Peter Law overturn a 19,000 Labour majority at the 2005 General Election. She was successfully elected in a by-election on 29 June 2006. Labour also failed to regain the Westminsterseat as Peter Law's former campaign manager, Dai Davies, was elected to replace him [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/5127262.stm BBC NEWS | Wales | Double election defeat for Labour ] ] .
Following her election, the
National Assembly for Walesbecame the first UK legislature to have a female majority of representatives. [Shipton, Martin. [http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/tm_objectid=17332343&method=full&siteid=50082&headline=world-first-as-trish-law-takes-assembly-seat-name_page.html World first as Trish Law takes Assembly seat] . Western Mail, 5 July 2006. Accessed 2 Aug 2006.] . Although an independent, Law backed Labour's Assembly Budget after Finance Minister Sue Essexaccepted two of her demands: a commitment that women's refuges will be set up in all Welsh counties that don't currently have one; the opening of a therapy centre in Blaenau Gwent for people suffering from depression, stress and low self-esteem. This and other campaigns meant Law won the BBC Walesaward for Campaigning Politician of the Year [ [http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/newspolitics/tm_headline=-i-ll-stand-again---i-feel-i-can-t-let-people-down-&method=full&objectid=18499744&siteid=50082-name_page.html 'I'll stand again - I feel I can't let people down' - icWales ] ] .
Law won re-election as an independent at the
National Assembly for Wales election, 2007.
* [http://www.wales.gov.uk/who/members-biog7-e.htm Bio at Welsh Assembly Government]
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