Vikki Howells

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Vikki Howells
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Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Cynon Valley
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded by Christine Chapman
Majority 5,994
Personal details
Citizenship United Kingdom
Nationality Welsh
Political party Welsh Labour
Education St John the Baptist School, Aberdare
Alma mater University of Wales, Cardiff

Vikki Howells is a Welsh Labour politician and former teacher. Since May 2016, she has been the Member of the Welsh Assembly for Cynon Valley.

Early life and education[edit]

Howells was brought up in Cwmbach, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales.[1] She was educated at St John the Baptist School, a Church in Wales secondary school in Aberdare.[2] She studied international and Welsh history at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.[2] She remained at Cardiff to undertake postgraduate study in Modern Welsh History, and graduated with a Master of Arts (MA) degree.[2]


Teaching career[edit]

Howells was a history teacher for 16 years.[3] Before her election to the Welsh Assembly, she was a history teacher and the assistant head of sixth form at St Cenydd Comprehensive School in Caerphilly, South Wales.[4] She took a leave of absence to campaign for election and would have returned to work the Monday after polling day if she had been unsuccessful.[1]

Political career[edit]

In December 2015, it was announced that Howells had been selected as the Welsh Labour candidate for the Cynon Valley constituency of the National Assembly for Wales.[4] She has been a member of the Labour Party for over 20 years.[4] On 5 May 2016, she was elected a Member of the Welsh Assembly for that constituency; she received 9,830 votes (51.1% of the votes cast).[1]


  1. ^ a b c Tegeltija, Sam (6 May 2016). "Assembly Election 2016: Labour holds Cynon as Vikki Howells succeeds Christine Chapman". Wales Online. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Vikki Howells AM". National Assembly for Wales. 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Vikki Howells Welsh Labour Assembly candidate for Cynon Valley". Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Tegeltija, Sam (8 December 2015). "Teacher Vikki Howells announced as Labour's Cynon Valley candidate for National Assembly election". Walses Online. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Christine Chapman
Assembly Member for Cynon Valley
2016 to present