Alan Ashton (politician)

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Alan John Ashton (born 3 June 1952) is an Australian former politician, previously a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

Ashton received a Master of Arts and Diploma of Education from the University of Sydney and taught at schools in southwestern Sydney. He was a councillor on the City of Bankstown from 1977 to 1987 and 1987 to 1995. Ashton has represented East Hills from 1999, for the Australian Labor Party, and was Deputy Government Whip from 2003 [1]

Alan Ashton emerged as a prominent opponent of the former Iemma Government's plans to privatise the NSW electricity industry. He stated that privatisation would be "the Iemma Government's WorkChoices". He also warned of resulting swings to the Australian Greens in inner-city seats.[2] Ashton is a long-time resident of the East Hills electorate. He is married with two children. His interests include politics, sport, history, education and the Health system. He is a member of the History Teachers Association and the NSW Teachers Federation.

Ashton was defeated by the Liberal's Glenn Brookes by a mere 494 votes at the 2011 New South Wales State election. This means that East Hills is now the second most marginal seat in Government. This was also the first time Labor had lost the seat since its creation in 1953.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr Alan John Ashton". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Forces gather against power privatisation". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-12-13. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Pat Rogan
Member for East Hills
1999 – 2011
Succeeded by
Glenn Brookes