Albert Owen

Albert Owen (born 10 August 1959) is a Welsh Labour Party politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ynys Môn from 2001 to 2019. He took the seat in the 2001 election from Plaid Cymru with a margin of exactly eight hundred votes and retained the seat at the four subsequent general elections. During his time in Parliament, he was a member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, Welsh Affairs Select Committee[1] and the International Development Committee. He was also a member of the Speaker's Panel of Chairs and vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on cancer.[2][3]

Albert Owen
Member of Parliament
for Ynys Môn
In office
7 June 2001  6 November 2019
Preceded byIeuan Wyn Jones
Succeeded byVirginia Crosbie
Personal details
Born (1959-08-10) 10 August 1959 (age 61)
Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of York

Early life

Like most of his hometown Holyhead, including the Labour MEP Glenys Kinnock, he attended the Holyhead County Comprehensive School.[1] He left when he was sixteen for a career in the Merchant Navy, and was a seaman until 1992. In 1995, he became an advisor in the Citizens Advice Bureau, specialising in welfare rights, and from 1997 to 2001 he managed the J. E. O'Toole Centre in Holyhead – a centre dedicated to the welfare, education and leisure of unemployed workers in Holyhead. In 1999, he unsuccessfully stood for the Labour party in the Welsh Assembly elections. From the University of York he gained a BA in Politics in 1997.

In Parliament

During his Parliamentary career, Owen has rebelled against the Labour Party's political whip on certain occasions including notably:

  • he voted against the government's Higher Education Funding Bill introducing "top up fees" – 27 January 2004
  • he voted against the House of Lords amendment on foundation hospitals – 19 November 2003
  • he voted for an anti-war amendment during the Iraq crisis debate – 18 March 2003 – though he was subsequently absent for a vote on requiring Security Council support for any further action
  • he voted against the Labour Party whip and for an amendment tabled by members of The Independent Group for a second public vote - 14 March 2019.[4]

He supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[5]

He stood down at the 2019 election.[6]

Personal life

He married Angela Margaret Magee. They have two daughters (born January 1985 and August 1986). He is a supporter of Everton Football Club. He said "I have a passion for football. I remember, as a young man in the 1970s, watching Wales play Northern Ireland at Goodison Park, my favourite football team’s stadium."[7]


  1. Albert Owen biography, The Guardian, accessed 12 August 2008
  2. "Parliamentary career for Albert Owen - MPs and Lords - UK Parliament". Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  3. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 21 November 2018: Cancer". Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  4. Mosalski, Ruth (14 March 2019). "Brexit latest: The Welsh MPs who voted for a second referendum". Wales Online.
  5. "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  6. "Labour MP to stand down at next election". BBC News. 14 August 2019.
  7. "House of Commons Hansard". Parliament. 10 March 2009. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2009.