Moyra Tamsin Dunwoody (born 3 September 1958), sometimes known as Tamsin Dunwoody-Kneafsey, is a British politician. She served as a Labour member of the National Assembly for Wales representing the constituency of Preseli Pembrokeshire from May 2003 until her defeat in the 2007 election by Conservative Party candidate Paul Davies.
|Member of the Welsh Assembly|
for Preseli Pembrokeshire
1 May 2003 – 3 May 2007
|Preceded by||Richard Edwards|
|Succeeded by||Paul Davies|
|Born||3 September 1958|
|Alma mater||University of Kent|
Dunwoody was born in Totnes, Devon, the daughter of the late Labour MPs Gwyneth Dunwoody, and Dr John Dunwoody. Both of her parents lost their parliamentary seats at the 1970 general election, although her mother went on to represent Crewe and its successor, Crewe and Nantwich for 34 years until she died. Through her mother she is the granddaughter of former Labour Party General Secretary Morgan Phillips and Norah Phillips. She was educated at the Grey Coat Hospital Church of England girls' school in Westminster and the University of Kent. She has five children: Daniel, Demelza, twins Michael and Morgana and Clarissa.
Dunwoody was elected (under the name Tamsin Dunwoody-Kneafsey) as Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire from 2003 to 2007. In October 2005 she was appointed Deputy Minister for Environment, Planning and Countryside and Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Transport in the Welsh Assembly Government. She was defeated in the 2007 election by Conservative Party candidate Paul Davies.
She was selected as the Labour candidate at the Crewe and Nantwich by-election, held on 22 May 2008, which was triggered by the death of her mother. She lost to Conservative candidate Edward Timpson, by 7,860 votes marking the first Conservative Party parliamentary by-election victory in a Labour-held constituency since 1978. The last parliamentary by-election in which the Conservatives had gained a seat previously held by another party was in 1982, in Mitcham and Morden.
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| Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire
| Deputy Minister for Economic Development & Transport
2005 - 2007
| Deputy Minister for Environment, Planning & Countryside
2005 - 2007