David Rees (politician)

David Rees is Welsh Labour politician who has been the Member of the Senedd for Aberavon since 2011.[1]

David Rees

Member of the Senedd
for Aberavon
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded byBrian Gibbons
Majority6,402 (30.7%)
Personal details
Born (1957-01-17) 17 January 1957 (age 63)
Port Talbot, Wales
Political partyWelsh Labour
Spouse(s)Marie Rees
ResidenceCwmavon, Port Talbot
Alma materCardiff University

Early life

David was educated at local infant, junior and comprehensive schools before moving on to Cardiff University where he gained an honours degree in Engineering and a post graduate teaching qualification. Upon completing his studies at University he bought a house in his home town and began a successful career in Education. He first worked as a teacher at Cynffig Comprehensive School in Kenfig Hill, then becoming a lecturer at Afan College before moving into Higher Education. Prior to becoming AM for Aberavon he was an Assistant Dean of Faculty at Swansea Metropolitan University. During this time working in Higher Education he gained a further post graduate qualification, MSc, and is currently studying for his doctorate.

Political career

Rees joined the Labour Party in 1982 and has been an active member ever since. He has held several positions within the Labour Party and was the Constituency Labour Party secretary for Aberavon between 2005 and 2011.

Before being selected as the Welsh Labour candidate for Aberavon, Rees stood in the 2007 election for the South Wales West region.

He is a member of Unite and currently acts as the convenor of the Unite Group of MSs. Throughout his working life he has been a strong advocate for good working relationships with the trade unions and regularly raises trade union issues in the Senedd.

Rees is currently the Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee in the Senedd, which considers current health and social care issues, scrutinises government legislation and produces topical reports based on committee inquiries. He is also a member of the Children and Young People’s Committee, considering issues across multiple portfolios, particularly health and education, and playing an important role in advocating for the wellbeing of children and young people.

Through his role as the Chair of the Cross Party Group on Industrial Communities, he is actively involved in campaigns to improve economic and social conditions in Wales’s Communities. At the same time David also acts as the Chair of the Cross Party Group on Science and he strongly advocates the position Science and Technology can play in economic policy.

His other interests include Communities First, child poverty, youth engagement, regeneration and education.[2]


  1. http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=205
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Offices Held

Senedd Cymru
Preceded by
Brian Gibbons
Member of the Senedd for Aberavon
2011 – present
Succeeded by