Siân James (politician)
|Member of Parliament
for Swansea East
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Donald Anderson|
24 June 1959 |
Morriston, Glamorgan, Wales
|Alma mater||Swansea University|
After raising her children, she attended Swansea University as a mature student, studying for a degree in the Welsh Language. She was heavily involved with the students’ union and an enthusiastic member of the women’s group.
As a young mother, James became involved in the family support networks surrounding the 1984 Miners’ Strike, that were working to safeguard South Wales communities and the way of life. After the end of the strike, she became involved in women's rights campaigns.
After graduation James was Parliamentary Private Secretary both to Gareth Thomas, the Minister of State for Trade, and to Paul Murphy, the Welsh secretary until resigning in March 2009. She cited overwork as the cause of her resignation but it also allowed her to sign the early day motion opposing the part privatisation of the Royal Mail.
In 2004 she resigned from the role in Welsh Women's Aid to stand as the Labour Party candidate in Swansea East. She was elected in May 2005 with a majority of 11,249 votes, the first woman to represent Swansea East and one of only eight women MPs from Wales.
- Oliver, Jonathan (2009-03-08). "Lord Mandelson feels heat in mail row". The Times. Retrieved 2009-03-10.
- "Swansea East MP Sian James to stand down at next election". BBC News. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- Siân James MP official constituency website
- Sian James MP Welsh Labour Party profile
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- 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
- Meet the MP: Sian James, BBC News, 4 August 2005
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Swansea East