Albert Owen

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Albert Owen
MP
Member of Parliament
for Ynys Môn
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by Ieuan Wyn Jones
Majority 2,461 (7.1%)
Personal details
Born (1959-08-10) 10 August 1959 (age 54)
Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Wales
Nationality Welsh
Political party Welsh Labour
Alma mater University of York

Albert Owen (born 10 August 1959) is a Welsh Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ynys Môn. He took the seat in the 2001 election from Plaid Cymru with a margin of exactly eight hundred votes and retained the seat with an increased majority of approximately twelve hundred votes in the 2005 election. In the 2010 election he further increased his majority to 2,461. He is a member of the Parliamentary Welsh Affairs Select Committee,[1] and vice-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Flag Group [2]

Early life[edit]

Like most of Holyhead, his hometown, including the Labour MEP Glenys Kinnock, he attended the Holyhead County Comprehensive School.[1] He left when he was sixteen for a career in the Merchant Navy, and was a seaman until 1992. In 1995, he became an advisor in the Citizens Advice Bureau, specialising in welfare rights, and from 1997 to 2001 he managed the J. E. O'Toole Centre in Holyhead - a centre dedicated to the welfare, education and leisure of unemployed workers in Holyhead. In 1999, he unsuccessfully stood for the Labour party in the Welsh Assembly elections. From the University of York he gained a BA in Politics in 1997.

In Parliament[edit]

Albert has rebelled against the Labour Party's political whip on certain occasions. Most notably:

However he has also voted for the Iraq war and against motions opposing post office closures

Personal life[edit]

He married Angela Margaret Magee. They have two daughters (born January 1985 and August 1986). He is a supporter of Everton Football Club. He said "I have a passion for football. I remember, as a young man in the 1970s, watching Wales play Northern Ireland at Goodison Park, my favourite football team’s stadium."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Albert Owen biography, Guardian, accessed 12 August 2008
  2. ^ UK Parliament - Register of All Party Groups
  3. ^ "House of Commons Hansard". Parliament. 10 March 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2009. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ieuan Wyn Jones
Member of Parliament for Ynys Môn
2001–present
Incumbent