Eluned Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Ely

Mair Eluned Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Ely (born 16 February 1967), is a Labour Member of the Senedd in the Senedd and the Welsh Government Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language.[2]

The Baroness Morgan of Ely

Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language
Assumed office
13 December 2018
First MinisterMark Drakeford
Preceded byNew Appointment
Deputy Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language
In office
3 November 2017  13 December 2018
First MinisterCarwyn Jones
Preceded byAlun Davies
Succeeded byHerself as Minister
Member of the Senedd
for Mid & West Wales
Assumed office
5 May 2016
Preceded byRebecca Evans
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
24 January 2011
Life Peerage
European Parliamentary Representation
Member of the European Parliament
for Wales
In office
10 June 1999  4 June 2009
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJohn Bufton
Member of the European Parliament
for Mid and West Wales
In office
9 June 1994  10 June 1999
Preceded byDavid Morris
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born16 February 1967 (1967-02-16) (age 53)[1]
Political partyLabour

From 2013 -2016 Eluned served as the Shadow Minister for Wales in the House of Lords, and from 2014-2016 she served as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and also as a whip.[3] She was granted a peerage in 2011 and is formally known as Baroness Morgan of Ely. Eluned was responsible for leading for Labour in the Lords on the EU Referendum Bill and led for Labour on two Wales Bills.[4]

She is a former Member of the European Parliament who represented Wales for the Labour Party from 1994–2009. In this role she became the Labour spokesperson on industry, science and energy and spokesperson for the 200 strong Socialist Group on Budget Control matters. She authored the Green Paper on energy on behalf of the EP and led the Parliament's discussions on the Electricity Directive where she ensured new rights for consumers and demanded that Member States of the EU addressed the issue of fuel poverty.[5]

From late 2009 until July 2013 she worked as the Director of National Business Development in Wales for SSE (SWALEC) one of the UK's largest energy companies. She was responsible for the establishment of the SWALEC Smart Energy Centre in Treforest.[6] She was also appointed as the Chair of the Cardiff Business Partnership.[7]

Her political career started at the age of 27 when she was elected as the youngest Member of the European Parliament in 1994.[8] She was only the fifth woman elected to a full-time political position in the history of Wales, and the first full-time politician in Wales to have a baby whilst in office.[9] Initially she represented the constituency of Mid and West Wales, and was subsequently re-elected in 1999 and 2004 under the new proportional representation system representing the whole of Wales.[10]


Eluned Morgan was born and brought up in Ely, Cardiff, the daughter of Revd Canon Bob Morgan OBE and Elaine Morgan. [2][3] Educated at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, she won a scholarship to the United World College of the Atlantic and gained a degree in European Studies from the University of Hull.[1] Morgan formerly worked as a researcher for S4C, Agenda TV and the BBC.

European Parliament

In 1990 she worked as a stagiaire in the European Parliament for the Socialist Group.

In 1994 Morgan was elected as a Member of the European Parliament representing Mid and West Wales. At the time she was the youngest MEP when she took up her seat.[11] She continued as an MEP representing the Wales being elected at both the 1999 and 2005 elections.

Eluned Morgan served as the budget control spokesperson for the 180 strong Socialist Group. She was also the Labour Party's European spokesperson on Energy, Industry and Science.[12] She was responsible for drafting the European Parliament's response to the Energy Green Paper and also took the lead role in negotiating on behalf of the Parliament the revision of the Electricity Directive.

In 2007, she nominated Peter Hain as a candidate for Deputy Leader of the UK Labour Party.

She stood down at the 2009 European Parliament elections.

After European Parliament

On leaving the Parliament she worked as the Director of National Development for SSE in Wales (SWALEC) from 2009 to June 2013 where she was responsible for establishing the new SWALEC Smart Energy Centre in Treforest. She was appointed Chair of the Cardiff Business Partnership.

On 19 November 2010 it was announced that Morgan had been granted a life peerage and would sit on the Labour benches of the House of Lords, [4] and was gazetted on 27 January 2011 as Baroness Morgan of Ely, of Ely in the City of Cardiff.[5][6]

Welsh Parliament

In 2015 Morgan was selected as a candidate for the 2016 Welsh election on the Mid and West Wales regional list. [7] On 5 May 2016 she was elected from the regional list as an Assembly Member in the Senedd Cymru.

In November 2017 she was appointed Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning.[13] Morgan became the Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language in December 2018.[14]

Morgan contested the 2018 Welsh Labour Party leadership election.

Welsh Government

In November 2017, Eluned was appointed Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning. On 13 December 2018 she was appointed Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language.

Achievements include the Welsh Government's Employability Plan,[15] launched by Morgan in March 2018 to tackle economic activity and the development of the first International Strategy[16] for Wales (2020), which outlines a strategic direction and focus for the nation in a post-Brexit landscape.

Key ambitions in the publication include raising Wales’ profile on the international stage; economic growth through exports and inward investment and establishing Wales as a globally responsible nation.

Personal and other

Eluned Morgan served on the Welsh Labour Party Executive for ten years and was appointed to the Welsh Assembly Advisory Group which was responsible for developing the standing orders of the National Assembly of Wales. She was a founding member of the Yes for Wales Cross party group which campaigned for the Assembly to be established.

Eluned Morgan is a Fellow of Trinity College Carmarthen[[17] and is a Honorary Distinguished Professor and Fellow of Cardiff University.[8] She served on the Board of the International Baccalaureate Organisation for three years.citation needed She was the Chair of the Cardiff Business Partnership.[9] She was a member of the External Advisory Board to the Wales Governance Centre.[10] She served on the Council of Atlantic College. She was Chair of Live Music Now in Wales, a charity which sends talented young musicians to care homes and special schools and demonstrates the transformational impact of music.[11]

Eluned Morgan is married to Rev Dr Rhys Jenkins who is a GP and also a non-stipendiary priest.[18] They have two children Arwel and Gwen Jenkins.

Eluned's family hails from St David's in Pembrokeshire.[19]


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