Alex Davies-Jones
Official portrait, 2019
Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland
Assumed office
26 February 2021
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byKarin Smyth
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 32)
Tonyrefail, Wales
Political partyLabour
Children3
Alma materCardiff University
WebsiteOfficial website

Alexandra Davies-Jones (born 5 April 1989) is a Welsh Labour Party politician.[1] Since the 2019 general election, she has been the MP for Pontypridd.[2]

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.[3]

Career

Davies-Jones was a youth representative for the Labour Party, Co-operative Party, and the trade union Unite the Union.[4] She began her career a researcher in the House of Commons and the National Assembly for Wales. 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 is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Davies-Jones was also a Regional Development Consultant for the Electoral Reform Society from 2010 to 2011.[1]

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.[5] 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.[3]

She successfully retained the seat of Pontypridd after Owen Smith, who had represented it since 2010, stood down, albeit with Labour's vote share falling by nearly 11 percentage points since the previous election in 2017. She is the first female MP to represent her constituency since its creation in 1918.[6]

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.

Personal life

Davies-Jones has two stepsons, Blake and Kieran, and a son, Sullivan, with her husband, Andrew, who she married in 2014.[6][1] In January 2021, Davies-Jones talked to BBC News about her experiences of cervical cancer.[7]

She lists her recreations in Who's Who as "theatre, singing, family, sport, travel".[1]

References

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