Janice Gregory

Janice Gregory (born 10 January 1955) is a Welsh Labour[1] politician, who represented the constituency of Ogmore from the time the National Assembly for Wales was established in 1999 to the election of 2016. Her main contribution to the Assembly has been through chairing the Social Justice and Regeneration Committee.

Janice Gregory
Janice Gregory.jpg
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Ogmore
In office
6 May 1999 – 6 April 2016
Preceded byNew Assembly
Succeeded byHuw Irranca-Davies
Majority9,576 (47.3%)
Personal details
Born (1955-01-10) 10 January 1955 (age 65)
Political partyWelsh Labour
Spouse(s)Mike Gregory
RelationsSir Raymond Powell MP (father)
OccupationPolitical Secretary (for Sir Raymond Powell)
WebsiteWelsh Labour


Gregory was born in Treorchy, the daughter of Raymond Powell, who was Labour Party Member of Parliament for Ogmore from 1979. She was educated at Bridgend Grammar School for Girls and worked as Constituency Secretary to her father from 1991, while also being active in the local Constituency Labour Party in which she was Women's Officer and Chair of the Ogmore Women's Forum. Several other members of the family were also active in Labour politics.

Election to the National AssemblyEdit

In 1999 Gregory was selected as Labour candidate for the same constituency as her father for the election to the National Assembly for Wales. She easily held the seat and was appointed as a Labour group whip in the Assembly. Together with three other whips, Gregory resigned this position in February 2000 after Alun Michael resigned as First Minister. It was speculated that the three, being loyal to Michael, were unwilling to continue serving under Andrew Davies who had plotted to get remove him.[2]

Politics in the AssemblyEdit

Gregory rebelled against the Labour administration in June 2000 when she voted in favour of a building a landmark headquarters building for the Assembly.[3] She called on former cabinet minister Ron Davies to resign when it was revealed he had applied for jobs outside politics without informing the Labour leadership.[4] When her father suddenly died in December 2001, Gregory immediately declined to seek selection to follow him.[5] The death of Sir Ray Powell raised questions over whether Gregory would be reselected herself,[6] but she managed to survive and was re-elected in the 2003 election with a 6,504 majority.

Social Justice committeeEdit

She was then made Chair of the Social Justice and Regeneration Committee. She was described by the Western Mail as a "well below par performer by our reckoning" and given a rating of 4 marks out of ten in its assessment of the Assembly Members at the end of the 2003-07 term.[7] However, she increased her majority in the 2007 election.


  1. ^ http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=152
  2. ^ "Labour whips quit after Michael resigns". BBC News. 11 February 2000. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  3. ^ Paul Starling, "Glasshouse gets £30m go-ahead", Daily Mirror, 22 June 2000.
  4. ^ Paul Starling, "Wrong Davies! Ron faces demands to resign after 'lies' over his bid to quit politics", Daily Mirror, 9 July 2001.
  5. ^ Phillip Nifield, "Candidates will be facing by-election", South Wales Echo, 10 December 2001.
  6. ^ "Gregory fighting for political survival", Wales on Sunday, 20 January 2002.
  7. ^ Martin Shipton, Paul Carey, "End of term report ... we score each of our AMs out of 10", Western Mail, 24 April 2007.

Offices heldEdit

Senedd Cymru
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Member for Ogmore
Succeeded by
Huw Irranca-Davies
Preceded by
Carl Sargeant
Chief Whip
2009 - 2016
Succeeded by