Lorraine Jayne Barrett (born 18 Mar 1950) is a former Welsh Labour & Co-operative Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Cardiff South and Penarth and an Assembly Commissioner from 2007 until 2011.
9 June 2007 – 25 May 2011
|Preceded by||New post|
|Succeeded by||Sandy Mewies|
|Member of the Welsh Assembly|
for Cardiff South and Penarth
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
|Preceded by||New Assembly|
|Succeeded by||Vaughan Gething|
|Born||18 March 1950|
Ynyshir, Rhondda, Wales
|Political party||Labour and Co-operative Party|
Barrett publicly announced in February 2009 that she would not be seeking re-election to the Assembly in 2011 and would instead pursue her new vocation as a Humanists UK-accredited humanist Celebrant. She now conducts humanist or non-religious funeral ceremonies for local residents.
Barrett was born in Ynyshir, Rhondda, to Rosina and Donald Booth, a retired coalminer, and went to Porth County School for Girls. She married Paul "Legs" Barrett, the manager/agent of rock and roll acts such as Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets. They have a son, Lincoln Barrett (also known as drum and bass DJ High Contrast) and a daughter, Satellite City actor Shelley Miranda Barrett.
She was a nurse and a councillor in the Vale of Glamorgan (Alexandra ward) and Penarth Town Council and worked as an assistant to the then Cardiff South and Penarth Member of Parliament, Alun Michael for 12 years from 1987-99. She was a member of the Welsh Labour executive and the National Policy Forum.
Barrett was elected to the Welsh National Assembly as the member for Cardiff South and Penarth in May 1999 and was subsequently been re-elected twice. Her period as an Assembly member ended in 2011.
Barrett is a member of the Unite the Union and chaired the Co-operative Party Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Animal Welfare within the Assembly. She is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. She is also a member of Humanists UK (formerly the British Humanist Association) and is a trained Celebrant, conducting Humanist or non-religious funeral ceremonies. In May 2017, she led the funeral ceremony for former First Minister of Wales, Rhodri Morgan.
Welsh Assembly CommissionerEdit
In her capacity as Assembly Commissioner for a Sustainable Environment, she was involved in a 2007 row over genetically modified foods in the Welsh Assembly Canteen. The Assembly had earlier signed a document committing to "maximum restrictions on GM crops" when it later became apparent that the Assembly canteen was serving items containing GM ingredients. Barrett explained the situation saying "We have discussed this with our in-house caterers, Charlton House. They do not deliberately source GM foods and in fact make every effort to avoid using GM products." 
Barrett was critical of the planned Cardiff Bay expansion of "something like 1,250 apartments a year". Barrett suggested this might cause future problems with community cohesion and lack of affordable housing.
Barrett pressed for the Cardiff Bay Barrage to be opened up for pedestrian and cycle traffic. The pedestrian and cyclist short cut to Cardiff across the barrage finally opened to the public on Friday 27 June 2008. Barrett was one of the first to cross, walking to work at the Assembly and she described the experience as "invigorating".
- @PenarthSoulClub (18 March 2018). "Happy birthday to Shelley's Mum @LorrBarrett, pictured here in February 1987 with @billybragg She helps us out a lot with @PenarthSoulClub selling t-shirts, promoting and more recently babysitting Maude so we can go out and play records!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Lorraine Jayne BARRETT - Personal Appointments". Companies House. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
- AM to become humanist celebrant, BBC News, 14 February 2009. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
- "Lorraine Barrett". Humanists UK. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
- "Public humanist funeral for Rhodri Morgan at National Assembly for Wales". Humanists UK. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
- Senedd canteen in GM food storm, Wales on Sunday, 11 November 2007.
- BBC (8 June 2008), "'Slum of the future' fear for Bay", BBC News, retrieved 8 June 2008
- The Politics Show, BBC 1 Wales, Sun 8 June 2008
- Phil Tibballs (3 July 2008). "Barrage path finally opens". Penarth Times. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- Profile at British Humanist Association
- Welsh Labour Party Website
- Website of the Welsh Assembly Government
| Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth
| Assembly Commission