Val Feld

Valerie Anne Feld (née Valerie Breen Turner; 29 October 1947 – 17 July 2001), was a Welsh Labour Party politician.

Valerie Feld

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Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Swansea East
In office
6 May 1999 – 17 July 2001
Preceded byNew Assembly
Succeeded byVal Lloyd
Personal details
Born(1947-10-29)29 October 1947
Died17 July 2001(2001-07-17) (aged 53)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)John Feld


Born in Bangor, Caernarvonshire, she was educated at the Abbey School in Malvern and in 1969 married John Feld, with whom she had two children. She worked as a journalist in London and later as a social worker and housing advisor in Lancashire. In 1981, following the break-up of her marriage, she took a job in her native Wales – founding and becoming the first Director of Shelter Cymru. In her spare time she studied for an MA at Cardiff University, and in 1989 was appointed head of the Equal Opportunities Commission for Wales. She held the post for ten years, until her election as Assembly Member for Swansea East.[1]

Political careerEdit

Val Feld plaque at The Senedd

Feld had been a Local Labour councillor in Chorley, Lancashire, and was Treasurer of the Yes for Wales campaign leading up to the 1997 referendum. She was elected as a Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Swansea East, and served in that position from 1999 to July 2001.[1]

Feld died on 17 July 2001 after suffering from cancer,[2] becoming the first member of the National Assembly for Wales to die in office and thus cause a by-election.[3] She was a highly regarded politician with a history of social activism, and was Chair of the Assembly's Economic Development Committee until May 2001.[4] First Minister Rhodri Morgan said of her, "I believe I speak for the whole of Wales when I say that the death of Val Feld is a grievous blow for us all".[3]


  1. ^ a b "UK: Wales: AMs: Val Feld". BBC. 1 September 1999. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  2. ^ Paul Williams (10 August 2001). "Val Feld". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Assembly Member Val Feld dies". BBC. 18 July 2001. Retrieved 18 July 2001.
  4. ^ Tony Heath (19 July 2001). "Val Feld". The Independent. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
Senedd Cymru
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Member for Swansea East
Succeeded by
Val Lloyd