- Lorraine Barrett
Infobox First Minister
honorific-prefix = Mrs
name= Lorraine Barratt
honorific-suffix = AM
term_end = 2011
predecessor = New post
constituency_AM2 =Labour and Co-operative Party
term_start2 =6 May 1999
term_end2 = 2011
predecessor2 = New Post
birth_date =Birth date and age|1950|3|18|df=y
Ynyshir, Rhondda, Wales
Cardiff South and Penarth.
partyLabour and Co-operative Party
Barrett was born in
Ynyshir, Rhonddato Rosina and Donald Booth, a retired coalminer, and went to Porth County School for Girls. She married Paul "Legs" Barrett, the well known manager of rock and roll acts, in 1972 and has a son, Lincoln Barrett, also known as drum and bass DJ High Contrastand a daughter called Shelley, who has appeared in many television programmes.
She was a nurse and a Councillor in the
Vale of Glamorganand Penarth Town Council and worked as an assistant to the current Cardiff South and Penarth Member of Parliament, Alun Michaelfrom 1987-99. She was a member of the Welsh Labour executive and the National Policy Forum.
Barrett is a member of the
Transport & General Workers Unionand chairs the Co-operative Party Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Groupon Animal Welfare within the Assembly. She is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society.
Welsh Assembly Commissioner
Barrett was elected to the Welsh National Assembly as the member for Penarth and Cardiff South in May 1999 and has subsequently been re-elected twice. Her current term as an Assembly member will end in 2011.
Barrett in her new capacity as Assembly Commissioner for a Sustainable Environment was involved in a 2007 row over genetically modified foods in the Welsh Assembly Canteen. The Assembly had earlier signed a document committing to "maximum restrictions on GM crops" when it later became apparent that the Assembly canteen was serving items containing GM ingredients. The canteen organizers commented "Some of our food contains ingredients produced from genetically modified soya and/or maize. If you want to know which ones please ask the staff for details." Barrett later explained "We have discussed this with our in-house caterers, Charlton House. They do not deliberately source GM foods and in fact make every effort to avoid using GM products. However, some items in everyday use, such as baked beans, tinned tomatoes and tomato ketchup are known to contain GM ingredients." [ [http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2007/11/11/senedd-canteen-in-gm-food-storm-91466-20091313/ GM Food controversy] ]
Barrett has remained critical of the planned Cardiff Bay expansion of "something like 1,250 apartments a year". [ Citation | last = BBC | first = | title = 'Slum of the future' fear for Bay |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7442388.stm
accessdate = 2008-06-08 ] Barrett suggests this might cause future problems as currently, in 2008, up to one third already built are still not occupied. Barrett asserts that the flat complexes will not help to build up a cohesive community and too little attention has been paid to develop affordable housing. With the recent dramatic falls in property values, sales in the area have become problematic. Therefore landlords might be forced to consider renting their properties out to "people who may not be suited to that type of living." [ The Politics Show, BBC 1 Wales, Sun 08 June 2008] Barrett has been visibly active in pressing for the Cardiff Bay Barrage to be opened up for pedestrian and cycle traffic as the provision would permit many Penarth residents who work in the Bay area to dispense with car travel and reduce traffic congestion on the existing routes. After repeated delays, disputes with the landowners over rights of way and several missed opening dates, the promised pedestrian and cyclist short cut to Cardiff across the barrage finally opened to the public on Friday 27 June 2008. Barratt was one of the first to cross, walking to work at the Assembly and she described the experience as "invigorating".
* [http://www.lorrainebarrett.co.uk Lorraine Barrett AM Website]
* [http://www.welshlabour.org.uk/ Welsh Labour Party Website]
* [http://new.wales.gov.uk/?lang=en Website of the Welsh Assembly Government]
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