Jane Hutt


Jane Hutt

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birth_place = Epsom, England
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constituency=Vale of Glamorgan
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Jane Hutt (born in Epsom, 15 December,1949) is a Welsh Labour politician and a Minister in the Welsh Assembly Government, and a member of the National Assembly for Wales for the Vale of Glamorgan, and currently the Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Education, Children and Young People.

Education

BA (Hons) at the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1970, a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work at the London School of Economics in 1972 and an MSc at the University of Bristol in 1995.

Professional career

Hutt was one of the founder members of Welsh Women's Aid, a feminist organisation campaigning on behalf of women who are victims of domestic violence. She was appointed coordinator of the group in January 1978.

Hutt held non-political appointments as director of the equal opportunities organisation Chwarae Teg and non-executive director of the Cardiff Community Health Care Trust. Member New Deal Task Force. Vice Chair Wales Council for Voluntary Action. School Governor. Welsh member on the New Opportunities (UK) Fund.

Political career

Hutt was a councillor on South Glamorgan County Council and a former vice-chair of the Social Services Committee.

Hutt was elected to the National Assembly for Wales in 1999 and immediately became Health Minister. She remained in post until January 2005 when she was removed from the position, following strong criticism over long hospital waiting lists [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4161621.stm BBC NEWS | Wales | Hutt is sacked as health minister ] ] . An independent report showed that even though waiting list time targets were higher than in England and Scotland, Hutt had still failed to meet them [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4176473.stm BBC NEWS | Wales | Minister pledges 'new phase' NHS ] ] . As a result she faced criticism from all the major political parties in Wales, with the strongest coming from within her own party. As a result her position became untenable, as some became worried that the problems could even ddamage the case for further Welsh devolution. [ [http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/wales-news/tm_objectid=15062165&method=full&siteid=50082&headline=attacks-forced-rhodri-to-ditch-hutt-name_page.html Attacks forced Rhodri to ditch Hutt - icWales ] ]

She became Minister for Assembly Business and Chief Whip, with additional responsibility for Openness in Government; Communications Strategy; co-ordinating Government policy in relation to children; and Equality and Equality of Opportunity. In the first Cabinet of the Third Assembly she was appointed Minister for Budget and Assembly Business (31 May 2007). In the coalition Cabinet announced on 19 July 2007 she became Minister for Education, Children and Young People.

Hutt is a close family friend of Welsh First minister Rhodri Morgan [ [http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/wales-news/tm_objectid=14726910&method=full&siteid=50082&headline=morgan-s-aides-in-plot-to-oust-him-name_page.html Morgan's aides in plot to oust him - icWales ] ]

Offices held

References

External links

* [http://www.janehutt.com/= Personal Website]
* [http://new.wales.gov.uk/about/cabinet/cabinetm/janehutt?lang=en= Biography at the Welsh Assembly Government]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/uk/wales/13108.stm Profile on BBC Website]


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