Brian Hancock

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Brian Hancock
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Islwyn
In office
6 May 1999 – 1 May 2003
Preceded by New Assembly
Succeeded by Irene James
Personal details
Born (1950-08-08) 8 August 1950 (age 66)
Political party Plaid Cymru
Alma mater Loughborough University

Brian Hancock (born 8 August 1950 in Cardiff) is a Welsh politician and member of Plaid Cymru. He was the Welsh Assembly Member for Islwyn for the Assembly's first term (1999–2003).[1]


Born in Cardiff in 1950, Hancock was educated at Lady Mary High School, Cardiff and Llandaff Technical College, also in Cardiff. He went on to earn a BSc in Chemical Engineering at the Polytechnic of Wales in Pontypridd.[2]

He rose through the ranks in the world of chemical engineering, starting out at Monsanto Ltd as an engineer in 1974, eventually becoming Health, Safety and Environment Superintendent for BP Chemicals in 1988. He became a self-employed Health, Safety and Environment Consultant in 1992. He currently works part-time as a Business Development Adviser.[3]

Among his interests are rugby and athletics, he has been the chair of Newport Harriers Athletic Club for nearly 20 years.

Political career[edit]

Hancock was elected Plaid AM for Islwyn in the First Welsh Assembly Elections in 1999 with a majority of 604 votes from the Labour Party. Islwyn was one of the several Labour strongholds in the South Wales Valleys which unpredictably fell to Plaid.[4] Hancock served as Plaid's Deputy Whip and as Spokesman for Small Businesses. Irene James regained the seat for Labour in the 2003 Elections.

More recently, Hancock stood as Plaid's candidate for the Newport West constituency in the 2007 National Assembly Elections, coming fourth with 10.4% of the vote.[5]


National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Member for Islwyn
Succeeded by
Irene James