Albert Owen

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Albert Owen

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Member of Parliament
for Ynys Môn
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded byIeuan Wyn Jones
Majority5,259 (14.1%)
Personal details
Born (1959-08-10) 10 August 1959 (age 59)
Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Wales
Political partyWelsh Labour
Alma materUniversity of York

Albert Owen (born 10 August 1959) is a Welsh Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ynys Môn. He took the seat in the 2001 election from Plaid Cymru with a margin of exactly eight hundred votes and has retained the seat at the four subsequent general elections. He is a member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, having also served on the Welsh Affairs Select Committee[1] and the International Development Committee. He is also a member of the Speaker's Panel of Chairs and is vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on cancer [2]

Early life[edit]

Like most of his hometown Holyhead, including the Labour MEP Glenys Kinnock, he attended the Holyhead County Comprehensive School.[1] He left when he was sixteen for a career in the Merchant Navy, and was a seaman until 1992. In 1995, he became an advisor in the Citizens Advice Bureau, specialising in welfare rights, and from 1997 to 2001 he managed the J. E. O'Toole Centre in Holyhead – a centre dedicated to the welfare, education and leisure of unemployed workers in Holyhead. In 1999, he unsuccessfully stood for the Labour party in the Welsh Assembly elections. From the University of York he gained a BA in Politics in 1997.

In Parliament[edit]

Albert has rebelled against the Labour Party's political whip on certain occasions including notably:

  • he voted against the government's Higher Education Funding Bill introducing "top up fees" – 27 January 2004
  • he voted against the House of Lords amendment on foundation hospitals – 19 November 2003
  • he voted for an anti-war amendment during the Iraq crisis debate – 18 March 2003 – though he was subsequently absent for a vote on requiring Security Council support for any further action
  • he voted against the Labour Party whip and for an amendment tabled by members of The Independent Group for a second public vote - 14 March 2019. [3]

Personal life[edit]

He married Angela Margaret Magee. They have two daughters (born January 1985 and August 1986). He is a supporter of Everton Football Club. He said "I have a passion for football. I remember, as a young man in the 1970s, watching Wales play Northern Ireland at Goodison Park, my favourite football team’s stadium."[4]


  1. ^ a b Albert Owen biography, Guardian, accessed 12 August 2008
  2. ^ UK Parliament – Register of All Party Groups
  3. ^ Mosalski, Ruth. "Brexit latest: The Welsh MPs who voted for a second referendum". Wales Online.
  4. ^ "House of Commons Hansard". Parliament. 10 March 2009. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2009.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ieuan Wyn Jones
Member of Parliament for Ynys Môn