Alex Davies-Jones
Alex Davies-Jones.jpg
Official portrait, 2020
Shadow Minister for Tech, Gambling and Digital Economy
Assumed office
4 December 2021
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byPosition established
Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland
In office
26 February 2021 – 4 December 2021
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byKarin Smyth
Succeeded byTonia Antoniazzi
Member of Parliament
for Pontypridd
Assumed office
12 December 2019
Preceded byOwen Smith
Majority5,890 (15.1%)
Personal details
Born (1989-04-05) 5 April 1989 (age 33)
Tonyrefail, Wales
Political partyLabour
Children3
Alma materCardiff University
WebsiteOfficial website

Alexandra Davies-Jones (born 5 April 1989) is a Welsh politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Pontypridd since 2019.[1][2] A member of the Labour Party, she is Shadow Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.[3]

Early life and education

Davies was born in Church Village in South Wales. She is the daughter of a miner, stating that she was "brought up on the values of socialism". She attended Tonyrefail Primary School, Tonyrefail Comprehensive School and graduated from Cardiff University with a joint honours degree in Law and Politics.[4]

Career

Davies-Jones was a youth representative for the Labour Party, Co-operative Party, and the trade union Unite the Union.[5]

She began her career a researcher in the House of Commons and the National Assembly for Wales. Davies-Jones was a Regional Development Consultant for the Electoral Reform Society from 2010 to 2011.[2] She then worked as a communications and press officer for Wales and the West Midlands at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors from 2013 to 2015. She worked for the non-profit Dwr Cymru Welsh Water as a regional communications director and then a community engagement manager from 2015 to 2019.[4]

Davies-Jones was elected as a councillor for Tonyrefail Community Council in 2012, at the age of 23, and for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in 2017.[6]

Davies-Jones was elected as MP for Pontypridd at the 2019 United Kingdom general election. She successfully retained the seat for the Labour party, albeit with the vote share falling by nearly 11 percentage points since the previous election in 2017. She is the first female MP to represent Pontrypridd its creation in 1918.[7]

Davies-Jones has chosen to retain her positions as county borough councillor for the ward of Tonyrefail West and as community councillor for Tonyrefail Community Council, in addition to her role as a Member of Parliament.

She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Personal life

Davies-Jones has two stepsons, Blake and Kieran, and a son, Sullivan, with her husband, Andrew, who she married in 2014.[7][2] In January 2021, Davies-Jones talked to BBC News about her experiences of cervical cancer.[8]

She lists her recreations in Who's Who as "theatre, singing, family, sport, travel".[2]

References

  1. ^ "Pontypridd parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Davies-Jones, Alexandra Mary". Who's Who. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U293980. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Parliamentary Career for Alex Davies-Jones". UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  4. ^ a b Mosalski, Ruth (10 November 2019). "The General Election 2019 candidates standing in Pontypridd". Wales Online. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  5. ^ Bond, Daniel (16 December 2019). "Class of 2019: Meet the new MPs". Politics Home: The House. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Cllr. DAVIES-JONES Alexandra". www.rctcbc.gov.uk. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b Mosalski, Ruth (22 December 2019). "The girl who went from working in a bowling alley to being MP for her hometown". Wales Online. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Alex Davies-Jones MP 'lost most of cervix after delaying smear'". BBC News. 18 January 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2021.