- Nia Griffith
Nia Griffith MP Member of Parliament
Incumbent Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Denzil Davies Majority 4,701 (12.5%) Personal details Born 4 December 1956
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Nationality British Political party Labour Residence Llanelli and London Alma mater Somerville College, Oxford Profession Teacher Website www.niagriffith.com
Griffith was born in Ireland on 4 December 1956. Her family comes from mining villages near Neath, in South Wales. Her father was Professor T. Gwynfor Griffith; her mother was Dr. Rhiannon Howell. She was educated at Newland High School for Girls (now called Newland School For Girls) in Hull and Somerville College, Oxford where she graduated with a first class degree in modern languages in 1979. After Oxford, she trained to be a teacher (PGCE) at the University of Wales, Bangor.
Griffith became a teacher at Queen Elizabeth Cambria School in Carmarthen then Gowerton Comprehensive School in Swansea. She was a member of the NUT. Prior to entering Parliament, she was an education adviser and an Estyn Schools Inspector (the Welsh equivalent of Ofsted) from 1992. Immediately before becoming an MP she was Head of Languages at Morriston Comprehensive School, Swansea. She speaks five languages: English, Welsh, Italian, French and Spanish and has written a book on language teaching.
Griffith joined the Labour Party in 1981 and has held many posts of responsibility within the Labour Party, including Secretary of the Carmarthenshire County Labour Party. She was elected as a councillor to the Carmarthen Town Council in 1987, serving as the sheriff in 1997 and deputy mayor in 1998.
She was selected to contest the Welsh seat of Llanelli for Labour at the 2005 General Election following the imposition of a controversial all-women shortlist after the retirement of Denzil Davies. She won the seat with a majority of 7,234 votes and remains the MP there. Griffith made her maiden speech on 19 May 2005 . She is a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Welsh Affairs Select Committee and European Scrutiny Committee. She also chairs the All-Party Steel and Metals Group. Griffith was PPS to Harriet Harman MP in her capacity as Minister for Women and Equality before the 2010 general election.
Her main political interests are tackling climate change and issues affecting industry.
In June 2009 Griffith was named as one of the MPs who had claimed the maximum allowable amount in expenses for food. Following a review of expenses Sir Thomas Legg ordered Griffith to repay £4,099.77 in mortgage interest claims. As a result of the controversy surrounding her clainms Griffith vowed never to eat at the taxpayer's expense again.
In June 2010 Griffith had to repay the cost of sending 71 letters having been found to have breached Parliamentary rules on using House of Commons stationery for political purposes. The Department of Resources ruled that the letters, sent out just before the general election, "sought to communicate information about the Labour Party and that its intention was to persuade constituents to vote accordingly for the sitting party member.". Griffith also apologised for her actions.
Griffith is divorced, her former husband was a social worker. She owns a house in Llanelli and a flat in London. Her hobbies include music, European cinema, gardening, walking and cycling. She owns a small holding in Carmarthenshire which receives Tir Gofal funding.
- 100 Ideas for Teaching Languages by Nia Griffith, 2005, Continuum International Publishing Group ISBN 0-8264-8549-9
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- ^ Nia Griffith – Labour MP for Llanelli
- ^ http://www.parliamentaryrecord.com/content/profiles/mp/Nia-Griffith/Llanelli/1038#Non-Parliamentary-Career
- ^ BBC NEWS | UK | UK Election 2005 | Wales | Gwynfor tribute as MP returned
- ^ This is South Wales | Labour hold onto Llanelli as Plaid slashes majority
- ^ Democracy Live | Your representatives | Nia Griffith
- ^ BBC News - 27 Welsh MPs must repay expenses
- ^ This is South Wales | Backlash prompts Llanelli MP's expenses rethink
- ^ This is South Wales | LLANELLI MP Nia Griffith has apologised after breaking the rules on using House of Commons stationery for political purposes
- ^ This is South Wales | The Labour Party's hopeful, Nia Griffith
- ^ MPs' expenses: Full list of MPs investigated by the Telegraph - Telegraph
- ^ Dod's parliamentary companion - Google Books
- ^ TheyWorkForYou
- Nia Griffith MP official constituency website
- Nia Griffith MP Welsh Labour Party profile
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at PublicWhip.org
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou.com
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
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