Lorraine Barrett

Lorraine Jayne Barrett (born 18 Mar 1950[1][2]) 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.

Lorraine Barrett
Lorraine Barrett AM.jpg
Assembly Commissioner
In office
9 June 2007 – 25 May 2011
Preceded byNew post
Succeeded bySandy Mewies
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Cardiff South and Penarth
In office
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
Preceded byNew Assembly
Succeeded byVaughan Gething
Majority2,754 (10.3%)
Personal details
Born (1950-03-18) 18 March 1950 (age 70)
Ynyshir, Rhondda, Wales
Political partyLabour and Co-operative Party
Spouse(s)Paul Barrett

Barrett publicly announced in February 2009 that she would not be seeking re-election to the Assembly in 2011[3] 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.

Personal backgroundEdit

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,[3] 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.[3]

Barrett is a humanist and patron of Humanists UK and retired from constituency politics in 2011 to concentrate on her humanist celebrant duties.[3][4]

Professional careerEdit

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[3] 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.[5]

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." [6]

Barrett was critical of the planned Cardiff Bay expansion of "something like 1,250 apartments a year".[7] Barrett suggested this might cause future problems with community cohesion and lack of affordable housing.[8]

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".[9]


  1. ^ @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.
  2. ^ "Lorraine Jayne BARRETT - Personal Appointments". Companies House. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e AM to become humanist celebrant, BBC News, 14 February 2009. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  4. ^ "Lorraine Barrett". Humanists UK. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Public humanist funeral for Rhodri Morgan at National Assembly for Wales". Humanists UK. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  6. ^ Senedd canteen in GM food storm, Wales on Sunday, 11 November 2007.
  7. ^ BBC (8 June 2008), "'Slum of the future' fear for Bay", BBC News, retrieved 8 June 2008
  8. ^ The Politics Show, BBC 1 Wales, Sun 8 June 2008
  9. ^ Phil Tibballs (3 July 2008). "Barrage path finally opens". Penarth Times. Retrieved 29 March 2019.

External linksEdit

Senedd Cymru
Preceded by
New post
Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth
Succeeded by
Vaughan Gething
Assembly Commission
Succeeded by
Sandy Mewies