William Graham (Welsh politician)

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William Graham AM
William Graham - National Assembly for Wales.jpg
Shadow Leader of the House
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 July 2007
Leader Andrew RT Davies
Preceded by (new post)
Shadow Chief Whip
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 July 2007
Leader Nick Bourne
Preceded by Jocelyn Davies
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for South Wales East
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 1999
Preceded by New Assembly
Personal details
Born (1949-11-18) 18 November 1949 (age 64)
Newport, Monmouthshire
Political party Conservative
Website William Graham AM

William Graham JP (born 18 November 1949 in Newport, Monmouthshire) is a Conservative politician and currently Shadow Leader of the House in the National Assembly for Wales. William is the Opposition Chief Whip and Shadow Minister for Social Services.

Background[edit]

William was born to the late, William Douglas Graham and of Eleanor Mary Scott (née Searle). William married his in 1981; the couple have three children. Educated at Blackfriars School, and the College of Estate Management. He is the sixth generation principal of a family firm of surveyors in Newport established in 1844. [1]

He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and has been Chairman of Newport Harbour Commission and Rougemont School Trust, Newport. He is also a member of numerous organisations, including the Listed Building Advisory Committee and the Rent Assessment Committee for Wales. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1979.

Political career[edit]

William has been an active Conservative politician from the 1980s when he was elected to the Gwent County Council, then a Newport councillor and Leader of the Conservative Group on the City Council until standing down in 2004. He has been an active member of the National Assembly for South Wales East since the first Assembly elections in May 1999. He contested the Newport West Constituency in the 1999 and 2003 Assembly elections. As a result of changes to the election rules in the Government of Wales Act 2006, he was selected as leading Conservative List Candidate for South Wales East for the May 2007 and 2011 Assembly elections.

In the First Assembly was appointed as Committee Chair of the Pre 16 Education, Schools and Early Learning Committee. In the Second Assembly he was Chair of the Committee on School Funding and of the House Committee from 9 Nov 2006; Member of the Assembly Shadow Commission, set up to prepare the way for the Third Assembly; and Conservative education spokesman in the National Assembly, Chairman of the Conservative Group and Chief Whip.

In the Third Assembly he was appointed European Affairs spokesman for the Official Opposition and Conservative group chairman and Chief Whip. He was also appointed as the Conservative representative on the Assembly Commission. He was an Assembly Commissioner between 2007 and 2011. On 11 July 2007 he was appointed Shadow Leader of the House and Shadow Chief Whip. William is currently the Shadow Minister for Social Services, in additional to being Business Manager and Chief Whip of the Welsh Conservative Group in the National Assembly since 2011.

William is also a member of the Carlton Club.

External links[edit]

Offices held[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Member for South Wales East
1999–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Commission
2007–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
(new post)
Chair of the Welsh Conservative group in the National Assembly
1999–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jocelyn Davies
Shadow Chief Whip
2007–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
(new post)
Shadow Leader of the House
2007–present
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Graham "BBC News AMs profile". BBC. Retrieved 1999-09-01.