Key interests and
David’s political interests include looked-after children,
mental health and constitutional affairs.
He is an acknowledged authority on the British constitution and
has written two influential books, ‘Will Britain Survive Beyond 2020?’ (2009)
and ‘The Reformed Union: The UK as a Federation’ (2013).
Born in Neath in 1962, David was educated at Dwr-y-Felin
Comprehensive School, Neath; the University of Wales, Cardiff; and the College
of William and Mary in Virginia, USA.
David is a former manager of the Carers National Association
in Wales and a former Deputy Director of the Welsh Centre for International
David was first elected to the Assembly in May 1999. He has
served as the Conservatives’ Shadow Minister for Health and Social Care and for
Economy and Transport. Between 2000 and 2011 he was the Welsh Conservatives’
Director of Policy and wrote the Welsh Conservatives’ manifestos for the 2003,
2007 and 2011 Assembly elections.
He has previously chaired the Assembly’s Audit; Health and
Social Services; Standards of Conduct; and Constitutional and Legislative
David Melding was Deputy Presiding Officer during the Fourth