Mike German, Baron German

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The Right Honourable
The Lord German
OBE
Michael German.jpg
Deputy First Minister for Wales
In office
13 June 2002 – 8 May 2003
First Minister Rhodri Morgan
Preceded by Jenny Randerson (acting)
Succeeded by Ieuan Wyn Jones
In office
16 October 2000 – 6 July 2001
First Minister Rhodri Morgan
Preceded by New Post
Succeeded by Jenny Randerson (acting)
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for South Wales East
In office
6 May 1999 – 30 June 2010
Preceded by New Assembly
Succeeded by Veronica German
Personal details
Born (1945-05-08) 8 May 1945 (age 69)
Cardiff, Wales
Political party Liberal Democrats
Alma mater Open University

Michael James German, Baron German, OBE (born 8 May 1945), usually known as Mike German, is a member of the House of Lords and former member of the National Assembly for Wales for the South Wales East Region. He was leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats from 2007–08. In 1996, he was awarded the OBE for his public and political service.

Biography[edit]

German was educated at the Open University and St Mary’s College[disambiguation needed]. In his early life he was a member of 28th Cardiff Sea Scout Group.

He trained and worked as a music teacher before becoming Head of the European Unit at the Welsh Joint Education Committee. Has also been a school governor.

Political career[edit]

His political career spans over three decades, as councillor and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Cardiff City Council between 1983–1996 and joint leader of the Council from 1987 to 1991; he was elected to the National Assembly for Wales in 1999 and re-elected in 2003 and 2007.

In the 1996 New Year's Honours he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.[1]

He contested Cardiff Central in 1983 and 1987 for the SDP–Liberal Alliance, coming within 3,452 votes of winning the seat in the former year.

Under a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition he became Deputy First Minister 2000-01 (and Minister for the Economy and Transport) and again in 2002-03 (and Minister for Rural Affairs and Wales Abroad). He stepped down from the role of Deputy First Minister between the two dates to answer allegations made about his role at the Welsh examination board, the WJEC. During this period he was temporarily replaced by Jenny Randerson as Acting Deputy First Minister.

In November 2007, Mike German became leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, after Lembit Opik stood down to ensure that the leadership of the party was in the National Assembly and not Westminster. He was succeeded by Kirsty Williams.

German's political interests include skills development in small and large companies in Wales, constitutional affairs, local government, economy and regeneration.

In May 2010, German was named to the House of Lords as a 'working peer' in the Dissolution Honours list.[2] He was succeeded to the Assembly in June 2010 by his wife, Veronica, a Torfaen councillor, as she was the next candidate on the regional party list in 2007.[3][4] German took his seat as Baron German, of Llanfrechfa in the County Borough of Torfaen.[5]

Memberships[edit]

Lord German is a member of the International Trade Council.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54255. p. 11. 30 December 1995.
  2. ^ "Dissolution list". BBC News. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Mike German made working peer in House of Lords". BBC Wales. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Gwent AM becomes a lord". South Wales Argus. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59474. p. 12259. 29 June 2010.
  6. ^ International Trade Council

External links[edit]

Offices held[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Member for South Wales East
1999 – 2010
Succeeded by
Veronica German
Political offices
Preceded by
(new post)
Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the National Assembly
1999 – 2008
Succeeded by
Kirsty Williams
Preceded by
Lembit Opik
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Kirsty Williams
Preceded by
(new post)
Deputy First Minister for Wales
2000 – 2001
Succeeded by
Office Vacant
Preceded by
Rhodri Morgan
Minister for Economic Development
2000 – 2001
Succeeded by
Rhodri Morgan
Preceded by
Office Vacant
Deputy First Minister for Wales
2002 – 2003
Succeeded by
Office Vacant
(2003-2007)
Ieuan Wyn Jones (2007-present)
Preceded by
(new post)
Minister for Rural Affairs and Wales Abroad
2002 – 2003
Succeeded by
(post abolished)