Madeleine Moon

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Madeleine Moon
MP
Member of Parliament
for Bridgend
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Win Griffiths
Majority 2,263 (5.9%)
Personal details
Born (1950-03-27) 27 March 1950 (age 64)
Sunderland, County Durham, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Steve Moon
Children 1 son
Alma mater Keele University
Profession Social Worker
Website www.madeleinemoonmp.com

Madeleine Moon (born 27 March 1950) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bridgend since 2005, succeeding Win Griffiths, who retired from politics.

Early life[edit]

Born in North East England, Moon attended Whinney Hill Secondary Modern Girls' School (now part of Durham Johnston Comprehensive School) then Durham Girls' Grammar School (became the sixth form of Durham Gilesgate Sports College and Sixth Form Centre). She went to Madeley College of Education (became a housing estate in 1983 after becoming part of North Staffordshire Polytechnic), gaining a Cert Ed in 1971, then Keele University, gaining a BEd in 1972. From University College, Cardiff she gained a CQSW and Diploma in Social Work (DipSW) in 1980.[1]

She worked in social services for Mid-Glamorgan County Council from 1980-96 then for Swansea Council from 1996-2002.

She launched Crossroads (a charity that supports carers) in Porthcawl. She represented Bridgend Council on the Sports Council for Wales, on Tourism South and West Wales and was National Chair of the British Resorts Association from 1999 to 2001.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Moon has lived and worked around Bridgend for over 29 years, is former mayor of Porthcawl and has been a councillor for Porthcawl for 13 years. She was elected MP for the Bridgend constituency in 2005.

Madeleine Moon was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Lord Drayson, Minister for Science in the Department for Science, Innovation and Skills.

In 2007 and 2008, Moon received a higher public profile due to an increased number of suicides of young people from her constituency. She has agreed with South Wales Police that the suicides are not connected but has been critical of media coverage.[2]

Madeleine Moon has written and spoken extensively on prison reform and policing.

Expenses[edit]

The Daily Telegraph, which extensively covered MP's expenses during the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal, reported that Moon had claimed for furniture items bought near her primary residence in Wales; claims are allowed for her second home in London but not for her primary residence in Wales. She claims that the furniture, though bought in Wales, was indeed for her second home in London.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She married the ecologist Steve Moon in 1983 in Ogwr, Mid Glamorgan, with one son David (born May 1984).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Waller, Robert; Criddle, Byron. The Almanac of British Politics. Google Books. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  2. ^ Sweney, Mark (7 February 2008). "MP attacks Bridgend coverage". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  3. ^ Prince, Rosa (18 May 2009). "Madeleine Moon shopped in Wales 'for London flat': MPs expenses". The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Win Griffiths
Member of Parliament for Bridgend
2005–present
Incumbent