Madeleine Moon

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Madeleine Moon
MP
Member of Parliament
for Bridgend
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Win Griffiths
Majority 2,263 (5.9%)
Personal details
Born (1950-03-27) 27 March 1950 (age 66)
Sunderland, County Durham, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Steve Moon
Children 1 son
Alma mater Keele University
Profession Social worker
Website www.madeleinemoonmp.com

Madeleine Moon (born 27 March 1950) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bridgend since the 2005 general election, succeeding Win Griffiths, who retired from politics.

Early life[edit]

Born in North East England, Moon attended Whinney Hill Secondary Modern Girls' School (now part of Durham Johnston Comprehensive School) then Durham Girls' Grammar School (became the sixth form of Durham Gilesgate Sports College and Sixth Form Centre). She went to Madeley College of Education (later part of North Staffordshire Polytechnic), gaining a Cert Ed in 1971, then Keele University, where she gained a BEd in 1972. From University College, Cardiff she gained a CQSW and Diploma in Social Work (DipSW) in 1980.[1]

She worked in social services for Mid Glamorgan County Council from 1980 to 1996, then for Swansea Council from 1996 to 2002.

She launched Crossroads (a charity that supports carers) in Porthcawl. She represented Bridgend Council on the Sports Council for Wales, on Tourism South and West Wales and was National Chair of the British Resorts Association from 1999 to 2001.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Moon has lived and worked around Bridgend for over 29 years, is a former mayor of Porthcawl and was a councillor for Porthcawl for 13 years. She was elected MP for the Bridgend constituency at the 2005 general election.

Madeleine Moon was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Lord Drayson, Minister for Science in the Department for Science, Innovation and Skills.

In 2007 and 2008, Moon received a higher public profile due to an increased number of suicides of young people in her constituency. She agreed with South Wales Police that the suicides are not connected but has been critical of media coverage.[2]

Madeleine Moon has written and spoken extensively on prison reform and policing. In 2014 she called for the armed forces to overhaul their policies on investigating bullying.[3]

Expenses[edit]

The Daily Telegraph, which extensively covered MPs' expenses during the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal, reported that Moon had claimed for furniture items bought near her primary residence in Wales; claims are allowed for her second home in London but not for her primary residence in Wales. She claims that the furniture, though bought in Wales, was indeed for her second home in London.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She married the ecologist Steve Moon in 1983 in Ogwr, Mid Glamorgan; the couple had one son David, born in May 1984. Her husband died in March 2015.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Waller, Robert; Criddle, Byron. The Almanac of British Politics. Google Books. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Sweney, Mark (7 February 2008). "MP attacks Bridgend coverage". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Armed services bullying action call by MP Madeleine Moon". BBC. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Prince, Rosa (18 May 2009). "Madeleine Moon shopped in Wales 'for London flat': MPs expenses". The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Lewis, Carys (1 April 2015). "'Remember the passionate environmentalist, the man with a twinkle in his eye...' Madeleine Moon pays moving tribute to husband Steve". Wales Online. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Win Griffiths
Member of Parliament for Bridgend
2005–present
Incumbent