Sue Essex (born 29 August 1945 in Cromford) is the Welsh Labour politician who was a Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Cardiff North from 1999 to 2007. She was the Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Finance, Local Government and Public Services in the Second Assembly 2003-07 and retired at the 2007 election.
|Member of the Welsh Assembly|
for Cardiff North
6 May 1999 – 3 May 2007
|Preceded by||New Assembly|
|Succeeded by||Jonathan Morgan|
|Born||29 August 1945|
A college lecturer by profession, Essex was a member of Cardiff City Council and instrumental in pushing a green agenda in the city. She became leader of the city council from 1994 to 1996. In 1995 she narrowly lost the contest to be Labour leader of the new unitary authority of the County Council of the City and County of Cardiff.
Essex was elected Labour Assembly Member for Cardiff North in the National Assembly for Wales's inaugural elections in 1999 (First Assembly), and appointed Minister for Environment, Transport and Planning in 2000. She became the Minister for Finance, Local Government and Public Services following the 2003 election.
She announced on 19 August 2005 that she would stand down at the 2007 National Assembly for Wales election. Although supporting Labour candidate Sophie Howe, she was succeeded by Conservative Jonathan Morgan.
- Alan Hooper; John Punter (Eds.) Capital Cardiff 1975–2020: Regeneration, Competitiveness and the Urban Environment, pp. 35-36. University of Wales Press (2006), ISBN 0-7083-2063-5.
- BBC NEWS | Wales | Essex to stand down at elections
|National Assembly for Wales|
| Assembly Member for Cardiff North
| Minister for Environment, Transport and Planning
2000 – 2003
| Minister for Finance, Local Government & Public Services
2003 – 2007
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