John Griffiths
Griffiths in 2016
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development
In office
13 May 2011 – 14 March 2013
First MinisterCarwyn Jones
Preceded byJane Davidson
Succeeded byCarl Sargeant [a]
Counsel General for Wales
In office
9 December 2009 – 13 May 2011
First MinisterCarwyn Jones
Preceded byCarwyn Jones
Succeeded byTheodore Huckle QC
Member of the Senedd
for Newport East
Assumed office
6 May 1999
Preceded byOffice established
Majority3,584 (15.5%)
Personal details
Born (1956-12-19) 19 December 1956 (age 65)
Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
Political partyLabour and Co-operative
Alma materUniversity of Wales
ProfessionPolitician
Barrister
a. ^ As Minister for natural Resources

John Griffiths (born 19 December 1956) is a Welsh Labour and Co-operative politician and the former Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development in the Senedd. Griffiths has represented the constituency of Newport East since the Senedd (then as the National Assembly for Wales) was established in 1999.

Education

Griffiths studied law as a mature student at the University of Wales.

Professional career

Before his election to the Senedd, he was a practising solicitor (criminal law, personal injury and general civil litigation).

Political career

He is a former councillor on Gwent County Council and Newport CBC. He is a member of Labour's National Policy Forum, the Co-operative Party, Workers' Educational Association and Full Employment Forum. He is a committed republican, and a member of the ISTC trade union. Griffiths has been a member of the Senedd for Newport East since 1999. His political interests include economic development, social inclusion, education and Europe.

In the Senedd he was appointed Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care (Older People) from May 2003 until May 2007. In the Third Assembly was appointed Deputy Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language (31 May 2007) and retained that position when the coalition government of Plaid Cymru and Labour was announced on 19 July. John supported Carwyn Jones in the Welsh Labour leadership contest in 2009, and went on to support Mark Drakeford in 2018. He was appointed Counsel General and Leader of the Legislative Programme in the Welsh Assembly in December 2009, a job previously done by First Minister Carwyn Jones.[1]

References

  1. ^ "Welsh Assembly Government:John Griffiths AM". Welsh Assembly Government website. Welsh Assembly Government. 2010. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
Senedd Preceded by(new post) Member of the Senedd for Newport East 1999–present Incumbent Political offices Preceded bynew post Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services (Older People and Public Health) 2005–2007 Succeeded bypost re-organised Preceded byBrian Gibbons Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care 2007 (31 May to 19 July) Succeeded byGwenda Thomas Preceded by(new post) Deputy Minister for Education, Culture and Welsh Language 2007 (July – October) Succeeded bypost re-organised Preceded by(new post) Deputy Minister for Skills 2007–2009 Succeeded bypost re-organised Preceded byJane Davidson Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development 2011–2013 Succeeded bypost re-organised Legal offices Preceded byCarwyn Jones Counsel General for Wales 2009–2011 Succeeded byTheodore Huckle QC