John Smith (Welsh politician)

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John Smith
Member of Parliament
for the Vale of Glamorgan
In office
1 May 1997 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Walter Sweeney
Succeeded by Alun Cairns
In office
4 May 1989 – 9 April 1992
Preceded by Raymond Gower
Succeeded by Walter Sweeney
Personal details
Born (1951-03-17) 17 March 1951 (age 64)
Penarth, Glamorgan, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Labour

John William Patrick Smith (born 7 March 1951) is a Welsh Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Vale of Glamorgan from 1989 to 1992 and from 1997 to 2010.

Early life[edit]

Born in Penarth, Smith attended Fairfield County Primary School in Penarth then Penarth County Grammar School (which became the comprehensive Stanwell School in 1973) on Archer Road. He served for a while in the Royal Air Force, then worked as a carpenter and joiner for Vale Borough Council from 1971-76. He became a mature student in 1976, studying at the Gwent College of Higher Education, then went to University College of Wales, Cardiff where he gained a BSc in 1981. He was then a university tutor until 1985. From 1985-89, he was a senior lecturer in Business Studies. He became a campaign manager for Gwent Image Partnership, becoming chief executive from 1992 after he lost his seat.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Having contested Vale of Glamorgan in 1987, he was first elected for the seat in a 1989 by-election, lost it to the Conservatives in 1992 by a very narrow margin, and regained it in 1997. He was re-elected in 2001 and 2005, and served as a member of the Defence Select Committee. He spent much of his time dealing with concerns over the future of RAF St Athan.

On 22 May 2009, Smith announced that he would stand down at the 2010 general election.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He married Kathleen Mulvaney in 1971 in Liverpool. They have two sons and a daughter.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Raymond Gower
Member of Parliament for Vale of Glamorgan
Succeeded by
Walter Sweeney
Preceded by
Walter Sweeney
Member of Parliament for Vale of Glamorgan
Succeeded by
Alun Cairns