|Shadow Secretary of State for Wales|
15 May 2012
|Preceded by||Peter Hain|
|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Kim Howells|
|Born||2 May 1970|
Owen Smith (born 2 May 1970) 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. He previously worked for the BBC as a radio producer.
Early life and career
Owen Smith was born in Morecambe, England in 1970. Smith joined the Labour Party at the age of 16, 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.
Immediately prior to be elected, Smith worked for five years in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industry.
Smith was brought up in Pontypridd, where he lives with his wife and three children.
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."
- "Election 2010: Pontypridd". Wales Online. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Former BBC Producer selected for Pontypridd". Wales Online. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Owen Smith MP Welsh Labour Party profile
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Owen Smith author archives at WalesHome.org
- Pontypridd Town website
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Pontypridd
|Shadow Secretary of State for Wales