John Griffiths (Welsh politician)


John Griffiths (born 19 December 1956) is a Welsh Labour and Co-operative politician and the former Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development in the Senedd Cymru / Welsh Parliament. Griffiths has represented the constituency of Newport East since the Welsh Parliament was established in 1999.

John Griffiths

Member of the Senedd
for Newport East
Assumed office
6 May 1999
Preceded byNew Assembly
Majority4,896 (23.7%)
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development
In office
13 May 2011  14 March 2013
First MinisterCarwyn Jones
Preceded byJane Davidson
Succeeded byCarl Sargeant [a]
Counsel General for Wales
In office
9 December 2009  13 May 2011
First MinisterCarwyn Jones
Preceded byCarwyn Jones
Succeeded byTheodore Huckle QC
Personal details
Born (1956-12-19) 19 December 1956 (age 63)
Newport, Monmouthshire
Political partyLabour and Co-operative
Alma materUniversity of Wales
ProfessionPolitician
Barrister
a. ^ As Minister for natural Resources

Education


Griffiths studied law as a mature student at the University of Wales.

Professional career


Before his election to the Senedd Cymru / Welsh Parliament, he was a practising solicitor (criminal law, personal injury and general civil litigation).

Political career


He is a former councillor on Gwent County Council and Newport CBC. He is a member of Labour's National Policy Forum, the Co-operative Party, Workers' Educational Association and Full Employment Forum. He is a committed republican, and a member of the ISTC trade union. Griffiths has been a member of the Senedd Cymru / Welsh Parliament for Newport East since 1999. His political interests include economic development, social inclusion, education and Europe.

In the Senedd he was appointed Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care (Older People) from May 2003 until May 2007. In the Third Assembly was appointed Deputy Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language (31 May 2007) and retained that position when the coalition government of Plaid Cymru and Labour was announced on 19 July. John supported Carwyn Jones in the Welsh Labour leadership contest in 2009, and went on to support Mark Drakeford in 2018. He was appointed Counsel General and Leader of the Legislative Programme in the Welsh Assembly in December 2009, a job previously done by First Minister Carwyn Jones.[1]

References


  1. "Welsh Assembly Government:John Griffiths AM". Welsh Assembly Government website. Welsh Assembly Government. 2010. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
Senedd Cymru
Preceded by
(new post)
Member of the Senedd for Newport East
1999–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
new post
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services (Older People and Public Health)
2005 - 2007
Succeeded by
post re-organised
Preceded by
Brian Gibbons
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care
2007 (31 May to 19 July)
Succeeded by
Gwenda Thomas
Preceded by
(new post)
Deputy Minister for Education, Culture and Welsh Language
2007 (July - October)
Succeeded by
post re-organised
Preceded by
(new post)
Deputy Minister for Skills
2007 - 2009
Succeeded by
post re-organised
Preceded by
Jane Davidson
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development
2011 - 2013
Succeeded by
post re-organised
Legal offices
Preceded by
Carwyn Jones
Counsel General for Wales
2009 - 2011
Succeeded by
Theodore Huckle QC