Tamsin Dunwoody

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Tamsin Dunwoody
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Preseli Pembrokeshire
In office
1 May 2003 – 3 May 2007
Preceded by Richard Edwards
Succeeded by Paul Davies
Personal details
Born (1958-09-03) 3 September 1958 (age 55)
Totnes, Devon
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Kent

Moyra Tamsin Dunwoody (born 3 September 1958), sometimes known as Tamsin Dunwoody-Kneafsey, is a British politician. She served as a Labour member of the National Assembly for Wales representing the constituency of Preseli Pembrokeshire from May 2003 until her defeat in the 2007 election by Conservative Party candidate Paul Davies.

Background[edit]

Dunwoody was born in Totnes, Devon,[1] the daughter of the late Labour MPs Gwyneth Dunwoody, and Dr John Dunwoody. Through her mother she is the granddaughter of former Labour Party General Secretary Morgan Phillips and Norah Phillips, Baroness Phillips. She was educated at the Grey Coat Hospital Church of England girls' school in Westminster[2] and the University of Kent. She has five children: Daniel, Demelza, twins Michael and Morgana and Clarissa.

Professional career[edit]

Dunwoody trained in the National Health Service, and worked in London hospitals for nearly 15 years. She has also been an adviser to small businesses in west Wales, and lives in Haverfordwest.[2]

Political career[edit]

Dunwoody was elected (under the name Tamsin Dunwoody-Kneafsey[3]) as Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire from 2003 to 2007. In October 2005 she was appointed Deputy Minister for Environment, Planning and Countryside and Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Transport in the Welsh Assembly Government. She was defeated in the 2007 election by Conservative Party candidate Paul Davies.

She was selected as the Labour candidate at the Crewe and Nantwich by-election, held on 22 May 2008, which was triggered by the death of her mother.[4][5] She lost to Conservative candidate Edward Timpson, by 7,860 votes[6] marking the first Conservative Party parliamentary by-election victory in a Labour-held constituency since 1978. The last parliamentary by-election in which the Conservatives had gained a seat previously held by another party was in 1982, in Mitcham and Morden.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burke's Peerage and Gentry
  2. ^ a b "Profile: Tamsin Dunwoody-Kneafsey, Labour". London: Telegraph. 12 May 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Pierce, Andrew (17 May 2008). "Tories aren't the toffs in Crewe - it's Labour". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Gwyneth’s daughter aims to be next Crewe and Nantwich MP Crewe & Nantwich Guardian 3 May 2008
  5. ^ Dunwoody's daughter to fight seat BBC News 4 May 2008
  6. ^ "Cameron hails 'end of New Labour'". BBC News. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  7. ^ List of United Kingdom by-elections (1979–present)

Offices held[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Richard Edwards
Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire
20032007
Succeeded by
Paul Davies
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Gibbons
Deputy Minister for Economic Development & Transport
2005 - 2007
Succeeded by
(post reorganised)
Preceded by
(new post)
Deputy Minister for Environment, Planning & Countryside
2005 - 2007
Succeeded by
(post reorganised)