Emma Edwards

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The Honourable
Emma Edwards
Member of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly
for Stanley
In office
5 November 2009 – 21 October 2011
Preceded by Richard Cockwell
Succeeded by Barry Elsby
Personal details
Born 13 January 1971
Portsmouth, England
Nationality British
Political party Nonpartisan
Alma mater Queen's University Belfast, Aberdeen University, University of Exeter

Emma Jane Edwards (born 13 January 1971) is a British born, Falkland Islands teacher and politician, who served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Stanley constituency from her election in 2009 until she resigned in 2011. She is the eldest daughter of another MLA, Roger Edwards.[1]

Edwards was born in Portsmouth, England to Norma (a Falkland Islander) and Roger Edwards. She first went to the Falklands at the age of two when her father was stationed aboard HMS Endurance. Edwards was educated in Stanley, but in 1988 she moved to Winchester to undertake A-Levels and in 1995 she graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a degree in Geology.[1]

After working for some years as a junior geologist for the Falkland Islands Government, Edwards went to Aberdeen University in 1998 where she gained a Masters Degree in Petroleum Geology. She then worked for the Falkland Islands Development Corporation and Cable & Wireless before returning to the UK in 2004 where she went to the University of Exeter to retrain as a school teacher.[2]

In November 2009 she was elected to the Legislative Assembly for Stanley, and in June 2010 she represented the Falklands at the annual meeting of the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation in New York City.[3]

Edwards is a reserve Police Constable in the Royal Falkland Islands Police and her portfolios as an MLA included Tourism, Minerals, Housing and Environment and Heritage.[1] She announced her resignation from the Legislative Assembly in 2011, following her decision to leave the Falklands.[4] Her seat was filled in a by-election on 15 December 2011, won by Barry Elsby.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Emma Edwards bio". Falkland Islands Government. falklands.gov.fk. Archived from the original on 16 December 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Gillian Orr (27 February 2010). "My Week: Emma Edwards". The Independent. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Special Committee of 24 on Decolonisation" (PDF). falklands.gov.fk. 25 June 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Falklands Councillor, Emma Edwards, resigns from Legislative Assembly". MercoPress. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  5. ^ ""We are in a war of attrition… and we can't let Argentina win", says Falklands MLA". MercoPress. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011.