John Griffiths (Welsh politician)

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John Griffiths
AM
John Griffiths AM (27889494760).jpg
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Newport East
Assumed office
6 May 1999
Preceded by New Assembly
Majority 4,896 (23.7%)
Counsel General for Wales
In office
9 December 2009 – 13 May 2011
First Minister Carwyn Jones
Preceded by Carwyn Jones
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development
Assumed office
13 May 2011
First Minister Carwyn Jones
Preceded by Jane Davidson
Personal details
Born (1956-12-19) 19 December 1956 (age 61)
Newport, Monmouthshire
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater University of Wales

John Griffiths AM (born 19 December 1956) is a Welsh Labour Co-operative politician and the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development. Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Griffiths has represented the constituency of Newport East since the National Assembly for Wales was established in 1999.

Education[edit]

Studied law as a mature student at the University of Wales.

Professional career[edit]

Before his election to the National Assembly of Wales, he was a practising solicitor (criminal law, personal injury and general civil litigation).

Political career[edit]

Former councillor on Gwent County Council and Newport CBC. Member of Labour's National Policy Forum, Co-operative Party, Workers' Educational Association & Full Employment Forum. Committed republican. Member of the ISTC trade union. Member of the National Assembly of Wales for Newport East since 1999.

Griffiths' political interests include economic development, social inclusion, education and Europe.

In the National Assembly for Wales he was appointed Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care (Older People) from May 2003 until May 2007. In the Third Assembly was appointed Deputy Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language (31 May 2007) and retained that position when the coalition government of Plaid Cymru and Labour was announced on 19 July. John supported Carwyn Jones in the Welsh Labour leadership contest in 2009. He was appointed Counsel General and Leader of the Legislative Programme in the Welsh Assembly in December 2009, a job previously done by First Minister Carwyn Jones.[1]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welsh Assembly Government:John Griffiths AM". Welsh Assembly Government website. Welsh Assembly Government. 2010. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Member for Newport East
1999–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
new post
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services (Older People and Public Health)
2005 - 2007
Succeeded by
post re-organised
Preceded by
Brian Gibbons
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care
2007 (31 May to 19 July)
Succeeded by
Gwenda Thomas
Preceded by
(new post)
Deputy Minister for Education, Culture and Welsh Language
2007 (July - October)
Succeeded by
post re-organised
Preceded by
(new post)
Deputy Minister for Skills
2007 - 2009
Succeeded by
post re-organised
Preceded by
Jane Davidson
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development
2011 - 2013
Succeeded by
post re-organised
Legal offices
Preceded by
Carwyn Jones
Counsel General for Wales
2009 - 2011
Succeeded by
Theodore Huckle QC