Christine Gwyther

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Christine Gwyther
Secretary for Agricultural and Rural Economy
In office
12 May 1999 – 15 February 2000
First Minister Alun Michael
Preceded by position established
Succeeded by Carwyn Jones
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
In office
6 May 1999 – 3 May 2007
Preceded by New Assembly
Succeeded by Angela Burns
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 57–58)
Pembroke Dock
Political party Labour

Christine Gwyther (born 1959) is a Welsh Labour politician. She held the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituency seat in the National Assembly for Wales from 1999-2007. She failed to retain her seat in the 2007 Welsh Assembly Elections, losing to Conservative candidate Angela Burns; she lost again in the 2011 election to Angela Burns 2011 elections.


Gwyther was born in Pembroke Dock. Before going into politics, she worked as a Pembrokeshire County Council Development Officer.

Political career[edit]

During the first term of the Assembly, Gwyther was the Minister of Agriculture under the leadership of Alun Michael. She is a vegetarian and as a result was criticised by farmers and opposition parties, as Wales and the UK were suffering from a beef crisis. She was censured over her failure to deliver on a promised calf-processing scheme.

In 2000, on the eve of the Royal Welsh Show, she was dismissed from her post as Welsh agriculture minister by First Minister, Rhodri Morgan.[1]

In 2008 she sought election to the Pembrokeshire County Council but was defeated by Brian Hall.

She was one of two candidates to be nominated for the 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner for the Dyfed Powys Police region,[2] losing to the Conservative Christopher Salmon.[3]


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National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Succeeded by
Angela Burns
Political offices
Preceded by
(new post)
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Economy
1999 – 2000
Succeeded by
Carwyn Jones