Mike German, Baron German
Michael James German, Baron German, OBE (born 8 May 1945) is a British politician, serving currently as a member of the House of Lords and formerly as a member of the National Assembly for Wales for the South Wales East region. He was leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2008. In 1996, he was awarded an OBE for his public and political service.
The Lord German
|Deputy First Minister of Wales|
13 June 2002 – 8 May 2003
|First Minister||Rhodri Morgan|
|Preceded by||Jenny Randerson (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Ieuan Wyn Jones (2007)|
16 October 2000 – 6 July 2001
|First Minister||Rhodri Morgan|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Jenny Randerson (Acting)|
|Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats|
13 October 2007 – 8 December 2008
|Leader||Menzies Campbell |
Sir Vince Cable
|Preceded by||Lembit Opik|
|Succeeded by||Kirsty Williams|
|Member of the Welsh Assembly|
for South Wales East
6 May 1999 – 30 June 2010
|Preceded by||New Assembly|
|Succeeded by||Veronica German|
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
29 June 2010
|Born||8 May 1945|
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
|Spouse(s)||(1) Georgette German|
(2) Veronica German
|Alma mater||Open University|
His political career spans over three decades. He was elected as councillor on Cardiff City Council (Cathays ward) in 1983, together with his wife, Georgette German (Plasnewydd). He was Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on the City Council between 1983–1996 and joint leader of the Council from 1987 to 1991; he was elected to the National Assembly for Wales in 1999 and re-elected in 2003 and 2007.
Under a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition he became Deputy First Minister 2000-01 (and Economic Development Secretary) and again in 2002-03 (and Minister for Rural Affairs and Wales Abroad). He stepped down from the role of Deputy First Minister between the two dates to answer allegations made about his role at the Welsh examination board, the WJEC. During this period he was temporarily replaced by Jenny Randerson as Acting Deputy First Minister.
In November 2007, Mike German became leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, after Lembit Opik stood down to ensure that the leadership of the party was in the National Assembly and not Westminster. He was succeeded in 2008 by Kirsty Williams.
In May 2010, German was named to the House of Lords as a 'working peer' in the Dissolution Honours list. He was succeeded to the Assembly in June 2010 by his wife, Veronica, a Torfaen councillor, as she was the next candidate on the regional party list in 2007. German took his seat as Baron German, of Llanfrechfa in the County Borough of Torfaen.
in the House of LordsEdit
In summer 2021, it was proposed by the Second Johnson ministry to mandate that care home staff be required as a condition of employment to maintain COVID-19 vaccination status, as part of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021. The members of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, amongst whom was German, raised concerns about this proposal. German said at the time that "we have consistently made clear our view that all key definitions and criteria on which decisions that might affect a person’s welfare or livelihood will be made, should be included in legislation and not in guidance which cannot be subjected to appropriate Parliamentary scrutiny or approval."
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- "No. 54255". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1995. p. 11.
- "Welsh Lib-Dems join assembly cabinet". news.bbc.co.uk. 16 October 2000.
- "Dissolution list". BBC News. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- "Mike German made working peer in House of Lords". BBC Wales. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- "Ex-Gwent AM becomes a lord". South Wales Argus. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- "No. 59474". The London Gazette. 29 June 2010. p. 12259.
- "Lords summon Minister to address concerns about proposed vaccination of care home staff as a condition of employment". UK Parliament. 12 July 2021.