Alex Davies-Jones

Alexandra Davies-Jones (born c. 1988/1989) is a Welsh Labour Party politician. Since the 2019 general election, she has been the MP for Pontypridd, succeeding Owen Smith.[1]

Alex Davies-Jones

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Davies-Jones in 2019
Member of Parliament
for Pontypridd
Assumed office
12 December 2019
Preceded byOwen Smith
Majority5,890 (15.1%)
Personal details
BornTonyrefail, Wales
Political partyLabour
Children3
Alma materCardiff University

Early life and educationEdit

Davies-Jones was born in Tonyrefail, a village in South Wales. She is the daughter of a miner, saying that "she was brought up on the values of socialism". She attended Tonyrefail Comprehensive School and graduated from Cardiff University with a joint honours degree in Law and Politics.[2]

CareerEdit

Davies-Jones was a youth representative for the Labour Party, Co-operative Party, and the trade union Unite the Union.[3] She began her career a researcher in the House of Commons and the National Assembly for Wales. She then worked as a communications and press officer for RICS.

Davies-Jones was elected as a councillor for Tonyrefail Community Council in 2012 at the age of 23 and for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in 2017.[4] She worked for non-profit Dwr Cymru Welsh Water as a regional communications director and then a community engagement manager from 2015 to 2019.[2]

She successfully retained the seat of Pontypridd after Owen Smith, who had represented it since 2010, stood down, albeit with Labour's vote share falling by nearly 11 percentage points from 2017. She is the first female MP to represent her constituency since its creation in 1918.[5]

Alex Davies-Jones has chosen to retain her positions as county borough councillor for the ward of Tonyrefail West and as community councillor for Tonyrefail Community Council in addition to her role as a Member of Parliament.

Personal lifeEdit

Davies-Jones has two stepsons Blake and Kieran, and a son, Sullivan, with her husband Andrew.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pontypridd parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b Mosalski, Ruth (10 November 2019). "The General Election 2019 candidates standing in Pontypridd". walesonline. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  3. ^ Bond, Daniel (16 December 2019). "Class of 2019: Meet the new MPs". Politics Home: The House. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Cllr. DAVIES-JONES Alexandra". www.rctcbc.gov.uk. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b Mosalski, Ruth (22 December 2019). "The girl who went from working in a bowling alley to being MP for her hometown". Wales Online. Retrieved 8 January 2020.

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