|Member of the Welsh Assembly |
for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
|Assumed office |
6 May 2016
|Preceded by||Huw Lewis|
Dawn Alison Louise Bowden
14 February 1960
|Education||St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School |
Soundwell Technical College
Dawn Alison Louise Bowden (born 14 February 1960) is a British Labour Party politician and trade unionist. Since May 2016, she has been the Member of the Welsh Assembly for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.
Early life and education
Bowden was born on 14 February 1960 in Bristol, England. She was educated at St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School, a state-funded Catholic school in Bristol. Then, from 1976 to 1978, she undertook a secretarial course at Soundwell Technical College.
In February 2016, it was announced that Bowden had been selected from an all-women shortlist to be the Welsh Labour candidate for the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency seat in the next Welsh Assembly election. The all-women shortlist was controversial; it drew criticism from a number of male councillors, including the leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. On 5 May 2016, she was elected a Member of the Welsh Assembly with 9,763 votes (47.2% of votes cast).
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