Owen Smith

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Owen Smith
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
In office
15 May 2012 – 24 July 2015
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Peter Hain
Succeeded by Stephen Doughty
Member of Parliament
for Pontypridd
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Kim Howells
Majority 2,785 (7.6%)
Personal details
Born (1970-05-02) 2 May 1970 (age 44)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Liz Smith

Owen Smith (born 2 May 1970)[1] is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Pontypridd since 2010, replacing the previous Labour MP Kim Howells who decided to step down.[2] He previously worked for the BBC as a radio producer.

Early life and career[edit]

Owen Smith was born in Morecambe, England in 1970. Smith joined the Labour Party at the age of 16, later studying History and French at the University of Sussex. He worked for the BBC as a radio producer for 10 years, working on a variety of programmes in both Wales and London, including Today for BBC Radio Four and Dragon's Eye for BBC Wales.[3]

Immediately prior to his election Smith had worked for five years in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industry.

Personal life[edit]

Smith was brought up in Pontypridd, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Political career[edit]

In 2002 he became a special adviser for Paul Murphy, then the Secretary of State for Wales. He later followed Murphy to the Northern Ireland Office.

In 2006 he fought the Blaenau Gwent by-election won by independent candidate Dai Davies.

In 2012 he joined Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, after Peter Hain stepped down.

In September 2012 he described Prime Minister David Cameron's first government reshuffle as an "highly unusual and unsatisfactory state of affairs. It looks to me as though Wales has only been considered at the fag-end of David Cameron's reshuffle and when they did look at it they found they'd run out of money for a full-time junior minister at the Wales Office, having almost certainly reached the ceiling allowed under the Ministerial and other Salaries Act. It's unheard of to have a whip also acting as a minister in a department."[4]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Kim Howells
Member of Parliament for Pontypridd
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Hain
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales