Lorraine Barrett

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Lorraine Barrett
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Assembly Commissioner
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 June 2007
First Minister Carwyn Jones
Rhodri Morgan
Preceded by New post
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Cardiff South and Penarth
In office
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by New Assembly
Succeeded by Vaughan Gething
Majority 2,754 (10.3%)
Personal details
Born 1950
Wales Ynyshir, Rhondda, Wales
Political party Labour and Co-operative Party
Spouse(s) Paul Barrett

Lorraine Jayne Barrett (born 1950) is a former Welsh Labour & Co-operative Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Cardiff South and Penarth and an Assembly Commissioner since 2007. She stood down from her seat in 2011.

Barrett publicly announced in February 2009 that she would not be seeking re-election to the Assembly in 2011[1] and would instead pursue her new vocation as a British Humanist Association-accredited humanist Celebrant. She will conduct humanist or non-religious funeral ceremonies for local residents.

Personal background[edit]

Barrett was born in Ynyshir, Rhondda to Rosina and Donald Booth, a retired coalminer, and went to Porth County School for Girls. She married Paul "Legs" Barrett,[1] the manager/agent of rock and roll acts such as Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets. They have a son, Lincoln Barrett (also known as drum and bass DJ High Contrast) and a daughter, Satellite City actor Shelley Barrett.[1]

Barrett is a humanist and intended to retire from constituency politics in 2011 to concentrate on her humanist celebrant duties.[1]

Professional career[edit]

She was a nurse and a Councillor in the Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth Town Council and worked as an assistant to the current Cardiff South and Penarth Member of Parliament, Alun Michael for 12 years[1] from 1987-99. She was a member of the Welsh Labour executive and the National Policy Forum.

Barrett is a member of the Transport & General Workers Union and chairs the Co-operative Party Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Animal Welfare within the Assembly. She is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. She is also a member of the British Humanist Association and is now a trained Celebrant, conducting Humanist or non-religious funeral ceremonies.

Welsh Assembly Commissioner[edit]

Barrett was elected to the Welsh National Assembly as the member for Penarth and Cardiff South in May 1999 and has subsequently been re-elected twice. Her period as an Assembly member ended in 2011.

Barrett, in her new capacity as Assembly Commissioner for a Sustainable Environment, was involved in a 2007 row over genetically modified foods in the Welsh Assembly Canteen. The Assembly had earlier signed a document committing to "maximum restrictions on GM crops" when it later became apparent that the Assembly canteen was serving items containing GM ingredients. Barrett explained the situation saying "We have discussed this with our in-house caterers, Charlton House. They do not deliberately source GM foods and in fact make every effort to avoid using GM products." [2]

Barrett was critical of the planned Cardiff Bay expansion of "something like 1,250 apartments a year".[3] Barrett suggested this might cause future problems with community cohesion and lack of affordable housing.[4]

Barrett pressed for the Cardiff Bay Barrage to be opened up for pedestrian and cycle traffic. The pedestrian and cyclist short cut to Cardiff across the barrage finally opened to the public on Friday 27 June 2008. Barrett was one of the first to cross, walking to work at the Assembly and she described the experience as "invigorating".[this quote needs a citation]

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Offices held[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth
1999 - 2011–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Commission
2007–present
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e AM to become humanist celebrant, BBC News, 14 February 2009. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  2. ^ Senedd canteen in GM food storm, Wales on Sunday, 11 November 2007.
  3. ^ BBC (8 June 2008), "'Slum of the future' fear for Bay", BBC News, retrieved 2008-06-08 
  4. ^ The Politics Show, BBC 1 Wales, Sun 8 June 2008