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Miles in 2016
|Member of the Welsh Assembly|
Assumed office |
6 April 2016
|Preceded by||Gwenda Thomas|
|Political party||Welsh Labour|
|Cabinet||Counsel General for Wales|
Jeremy Miles AM is the Welsh Labour and Co-operative Party Assembly Member in the National Assembly for Wales for Neath. He is a member of the Welsh Government where he is Counsel General for Wales.
He was born and brought up in Pontarddulais near Swansea, south Wales and as a native Welsh speaker, was educated at a bilingual comprehensive school - Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera in the Swansea Valley. He graduated from New College, Oxford University, where he read law. After graduating, he taught law at the Centre for English Legal Studies, Warsaw University.
He returned to the UK and practised as a solicitor in London initially, and then held senior legal and commercial posts in media sector businesses including ITV and with the US television network and film studio, NBC Universal, based in London.
He stood unsuccessfully as the Labour candidate in the safe Conservative seat of Beaconsfield at the 2010 general election. Jeremy also stood in the Labour selection for Aberavon in 2014, losing the selection to Stephen Kinnock by one vote.
After returning to live in South Wales, he set up his own business affairs consultancy working with international clients in the broadcast and digital sectors.
Assembly Member for Neath
Following the announcement by Gwenda Thomas, Assembly Member for Neath that she was planning to stand down at the National Assembly for Wales election, 2016, he was selected to stand as the Labour and Co-operative candidate in Neath constituency in October 2015, following a twinned selection process with Gower constituency.
He was until his selection as the candidate for Neath a trustee and secretary of the social justice charity the Bevan Foundation.
He was elected to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2016 and was one of the first out gay AMs elected.. In November 2016, he was nominated to be the Counsel General for Wales. Before his appointment to government, he sat on the Economy, Skills and Infrastructure committee, Culture, Welsh Language and Communications committee and the External Affairs committee and is the chair of the Co-operative group of AMs.
Counsel General for Wales
In March 2017, he introduced draft legislation that would create a codified statute book of Welsh law, which would make Wales the first of the home nations to organise its laws in this way. The statute book would be designed to improve accessibility to Welsh Law for both lawyers and the general population.
In the news
In August 2016, he warned that public disillusionment with politics could threaten devolution in Wales. He expanded in this in an essay for Western Mail where he warned "if we assume the only choice is between complacency and immediate disaster, then we will fail to learn the lessons of Brexit".
In March 2018, he wrote an article for the Fabian Society in Wales, setting out challenges for the country and seeking to kick-start a debate on the future of Welsh Labour under a new leader. Soon after, he nominated and endorsed Mark Drakeford in the election to succeed Carwyn Jones as Party leader and First Minister.
Jeremy is a member of the Co-operative Party and was elected chair of the Co-operative Group of Assembly Members in 2016. He is also a member of the GMB and Unite trade unions.
Prior to being elected, he had volunteered as a youth mentor with the Young Foundation, and also as an adviser at free legal advice centres. He was an adviser to the Use Your Vote campaign for the 2010 UK general election. His political interests include economic and community development, skills, co-ops and mutuals.
He lives in Alltwen and enjoys film, reading, cooking, hiking and cycling and following local rugby.
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- Rebecca Evans and Jeremy Miles selected to contest Assembly Seats http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/rebecca-evans-jeremy-miles-picked-10209301
- Jeremy Miles to step down as Bevan Foundation trustee https://www.bevanfoundation.org/news/2015/10/jeremy-miles-to-stand-down-as-trustee/
- First three openly gay and lesbian AMs 'a milestone' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-36230898
- Jeremy Miles AM, Profile, Assembly Wales http://www.assembly.wales/en/memhome/Pages/MemberProfile.aspx?mid=5021
- Welsh Government Cabinet Reshuffle https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-wales-41862076
- Cabinet Members http://gov.wales/about/cabinet/cabinetm/?lang=en
- Wales bill set to overhaul legislation https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/wales-bill-set-to-overhaul-legislation/5065431.article
- Deans, David (2016-08-26). "Labour AM warns of threat to devolution in Brexit vote wake". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
- Miles, Jeremy (2016-08-31). "The three lessons the Assembly needs to learn from Brexit". Retrieved 2016-09-13.
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- Wales in a Changing World https://medium.com/@fabianscymru/wales-in-a-changing-world-jeremy-miles-am-607d002131f2
- Make Wales a Second Chance Nation urges Labour AM http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2018-03-13/welsh-labour-jeremy-miles-second-chance-nation/