Ben Lake

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Ben Lake

Official portrait of Ben Lake crop 2.jpg
Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Member of Parliament
for Ceredigion
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byMark Williams
Majority104 (0.3%)
Personal details
Born (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 26)
Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales
Political partyPlaid Cymru
Alma materTrinity College, Oxford

Ben Morgan Lake[1] (born Glangwili 22 January 1993)[2] is a Plaid Cymru politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ceredigion constituency.[3]

Background[edit]

Lake was born and brought up in Lampeter, the son of a policeman and a council worker.[4] He attended Ffynnonbedr Primary School and Ysgol Bro Pedr.[5] After graduating from Trinity College, Oxford with an undergraduate degree in History and Politics, and a master's degree in Modern British and European History,[6] he became a Research Officer in the National Assembly for Wales.[7] He is a fluent Welsh speaker.[8]

Political career[edit]

In the 2017 general election, Lake won the Ceredigion constituency, gaining the seat from Liberal Democrat Mark Williams with 11,623 votes (29.2% of the overall vote).[9] At the age of 24, Lake became the youngest MP elected in 2017 and Plaid's youngest ever MP. He is also currently the youngest MP in Wales.[10][11]

Lake is currently the Plaid Cymru spokesperson at Westminster for the Environment, Food, Rural Affairs, Education, Skills, Health, Communities, Local Government, Culture, Media, Sport and Constitutional Affairs.[12] Lake was appointed a member of the Welsh Affairs Committee in September 2017.[13] He is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality for Women.[14] He supported Rhun ap Iorwerth in the 2018 Plaid Cymru leadership election.[15]

Political views[edit]

Lake gave his support to a second referendum on the terms of Brexit.[16] In March 2019, he voted for an amendment tabled by members of The Independent Group for a second public vote on EU membership.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11786.
  2. ^ Lake, Ben Morgan. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  3. ^ "Ben Lake MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  4. ^ Shipton, Martin (25 July 2018). "Listen to the latest Martin Shipton Meets podcast". walesonline. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Ysgol Bro Pedr". bropedr.ceredigion.sch.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Unheard Oxford: Andrei, Trinity rower and assistant steward". Cherwell.org. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Wales' battlegrounds: Ceredigion". Nation Cymru. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Ben Lake MP's Maiden Speech". The Party of Wales. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Ceredigion parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Who Is Ben Lake, Plaid Cymru's Youngest Ever MP?". WalesOnline. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  11. ^ "No Liberal MP in Wales for the first time since 1859". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Plaid Cymru announces Westminster spokespeople". The Party of Wales. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Membership - Welsh Affairs Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  14. ^ Parkinson, Dave (15 July 2018). "Ceredigion MP backing women's pension rights". Tivyside Advertiser. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Rhun ap Iorwerth on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  16. ^ Evans, Greg (26 July 2018). "The list of every MP that has backed a referendum on the final Brexit deal". The Independent. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  17. ^ Mosalski, Ruth. "Brexit latest: The Welsh MPs who voted for a second referendum". Wales Online.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mark Williams
Member of Parliament
for Ceredigion

2017–present
Incumbent