Brian Gibbons

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Brian Gibbons
FRCGP
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Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Aberavon
In office
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by New Assembly
Succeeded by David Rees
Majority 6,571 (32.0%)
Personal details
Born (1950-08-25) 25 August 1950 (age 63)
Dublin, Ireland
Political party Labour

Brian Gibbons, FRCGP (born in Dublin, 25 August 1950) is a medical doctor who was the Labour Party Assembly Member for Aberavon from May 1999 to May 2010. He was Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Health and Social Services from 2005 to 2007 and Minister for Social Justice and Local Government from 2007 to 2009.

A son of the former Irish Fianna Fáil politician, Hugh Gibbons, he was raised in County Roscommon Ireland, and moved to Yorkshire in 1976 to train as a general medical practitioner in Calderdale. He subsequently became a GP in Blaengwynfi and also worked as a GP in partnership with Dr Julian Tudor Hart at Glyncorrwg in the Afan Valley near Port Talbot.

A member of the BMA, the Socialist Health Association, and the Medical Practitioners Union (UNITE), he is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and a former Secretary to the Morgannwg Local Medical Committee.

Political background[edit]

He was Assembly Member for Aberavon from May 1969 (First Assembly) to May 2010. Gibbons was appointed a Deputy Minister for Health (coalition government) in October 2000. He was appointed a Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Transport in May 2003 (Second Assembly) and was promoted to the post of Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Health and Social Services in January 2005. In the first Cabinet of the Third Assembly he was appointed Minister for the Economy and Transport in May 2007, and Minister for Social Justice and Local Government in the coalition government in July 2007. He then took the decision to stand down at the 2011 Welsh Assembly election. David Rees was selected by the Labour Party to take Gibbons' place as the Labour candidate for Aberavon. Rees won the seat and was elected to the Assembly as the Labour AM for Aberavon.

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Offices held[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
New office Assembly Member for Aberavon
19992011
Succeeded by
David Rees
Political offices
New office Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services
2000–2003
Succeeded by
John Griffiths
Preceded by
Alun Pugh
Deputy Minister for Economic Development
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Tamsin Dunwoody
Preceded by
Jane Hutt
Minister for Health and Social Services
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Edwina Hart
Preceded by
Andrew Davies
Minister for the Economy and Transport
2007 (31 May – 19 July)
Succeeded by
Ieuan Wyn Jones
New office Minister for Social Justice and Local Government
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Carl Sargeant