Veronica German

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Veronica German
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for South Wales East
In office
1 July 2010 – 31 March 2011 [1]
Preceded byMike German
Succeeded byLindsay Whittle
Member of Newport City Council
In office
2004–2008
Member of Torfaen Borough Council
In office
2008 – ?
Personal details
Born (1957-02-12) 12 February 1957 (age 62)
Political partyWelsh Liberal Democrats
Spouse(s)Mike German, Lord German
ChildrenThree children
ResidenceNewport, Wales
PortfolioHealth, Local Government and Equalities

Veronica Kathleen German (née Hopkins; born 12 February 1957) is a Liberal Democrat politician and a former member of the National Assembly of Wales. She was a list member for South Wales East between 2010 and 2011.

Background[edit]

German has lived in the Newport and Cwmbran area for nearly 30 years. She graduated at Aston University where she studied Chemical Engineering, as well as achieving a Masters in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.[2] While a third year student as part of her "sandwich degree" course, she was assigned to the pilot plant at Cadburys Bournville when they were developing the production of bubbles into the Cadbury Wispa chocolate bar where she "served" under her head of Dept. Dave Green.[3][4]

She was a teacher for 25 years, where she taught Science, Maths and ICT in many schools across the former Gwent LEA area.

German has three children by her previous marriage, all born and brought up in the Newport West constituency and educated locally at schools in Caerleon.

Political career[edit]

German served as a Newport Liberal Democrat councillor between 2004 and 2008. In May 2008, she was elected as a Torfaen councillor representing the people of Llanyrafon North.

In May 2010, the then Assembly Member for South Wales East, Mike German, her husband, was named to the House of Lords as a 'working peer' in the Dissolution Honours list.[5] She succeeded him as an AM, as she was the next candidate on the regional party list in 2007.[6][7]

German took up her seat as Assembly Member for South Wales East in July 2010, making her the first new member of the Assembly since 2007. Immediately after taking up her new position, German pledged to continue to campaign for the tolls at Severn Bridge to be reduced.

Whist an Assembly Member, she was the Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health, Local Government and Equalities, as well as a member of the Petitions Committee; the Equal Opportunities Committee; the Health, Wellbeing and Local Government Committee; and Legislation Committee No. 3.

She failed to retain her list seat in the 2011 election. She contested the Monmouth assembly constituency during the 2016 National Assembly for Wales election and the same seat in the 2017 General Election, being unsuccessful on both occasions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Member Profile". National Assembly for Wales.
  2. ^ "Torfaen councillor takes up seat as AM". South Wales Argus.
  3. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/news-articles/western-mail-cardiff-wales/mi_8001/is_2008_Feb_22/wispa-factor-prove-sweet-lib/ai_n38798195/. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  4. ^ "Welcome veronicagerman.org.uk - BlueHost.com". www.veronicagerman.org.uk.
  5. ^ "Dissolution list". BBC News. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Mike German made working peer in House of Lords". BBC Wales. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Ex-Gwent AM becomes a lord". South Wales Argus. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.

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Offices held[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Mike German
Assembly Member for South Wales East
2010 - 2011
Succeeded by
Lindsay Whittle (Plaid)
Political offices
Preceded by
New Creation
Spokesperson for Health, Local Government and Equalities
2010 - 2011
Succeeded by
TBC