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|Member of the Welsh Assembly
1 May 2003
|Preceded by||Ron Davies|
4 June 1948 |
|Political party||Welsh Labour|
|Alma mater||University College, Cardiff|
|Portfolio||Deputy Minister for Skills|
Jeffrey Hambley Cuthbert (born 4 June 1948) is Deputy Minister for Skills in the Welsh Government and has been a Labour Party member of the National Assembly for Wales for Caerphilly since 2003. He began his career in the mining industry and later worked for the Welsh Joint Education Committee (as it was then) as Head of the Asset to Industry Unit.
Cuthbert was born in Glasgow to a Welsh mother and Scottish father, but brought up in Cardiff, where he attended Whitchurch County Secondary Modern followed by studying mining engineering at University College, Cardiff. He joined the Labour Party in the mid-1960s. As a mining engineer he worked at Markham and Oakdale pits.
Briefly a member of the Militant Tendency, Cuthbert later became Chair of Caerphilly Constituency Labour Party. He left the mining industry to develop qualifications for Modern Apprenticeships with WJEC, and became a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He was a governor of the Lewis School, Pengam, and served as Principal of a part-time Adult Education Centre at Aberbargoed.
In the 2003 election to the National Assembly for Wales, Cuthbert was selected at the last minute to replace Ron Davies who had been involved in a second sex scandal and was forced to stand down; despite the party's negative tabloid publicity he increased the Labour majority in the Caerphilly constituency.
Cuthbert was appointed Chair of the Objective One Programme Monitoring Committee for Wales in 2004, and subsequently Chair of its All-Wales successor body in 2007. He is a Chair of the Assembly's Cross-Party Groups on Healthy Living and the Built Environment; and is co-Chair of the Cross-Party Group on Beer and the Pub. As an active trade unionist, he is co-ordinator of the UNITE Group of Labour Assembly Members. At the 2007 election he successfully defended his seat after Ron Davies, a long-time favourite of the pro-devolution Welsh media, challenged to regain it as an Independent candidate.
At the 2011 Welsh General Election, Cuthbert successfully defended his seat once again; more than doubling his majority and easily seeing off another challenge from Davies, who this time stood for Plaid Cymru amidst much media hype.
- Welsh Government Website http://wales.gov.uk/about/cabinet/deputyministers/jeffcuthbert/?lang=en
- Kevin Maguire, "Plunge in turnout undermines assembly status", The Guardian, 2 May 2003.
|National Assembly for Wales|
|Assembly Member for Caerphilly