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David Rees MS

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Party: Welsh Labour

Constituency: Aberavon

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Office Address: 
Water Street Business Centre
Water Street
Port Talbot
SA12 6LF

Phone:  01639 870779

Senedd Address: 
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Phone:  0300 200 7128


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Terms of Office

  • 06/05/2011 - 05/04/2016
  • 06/05/2016 -

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Key interests and achievements

David is a strong advocate for trade unions and the important role they play in supporting working people.  He is a member of Unite the Union and was previously also a member of the Universities and Colleges Union during his educational career. His academic interest in the application of computing led him to become a member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer.


His political interests include the future of manufacturing in Wales, health, education, economic development & regeneration including the opening up of more tourism opportunities within the South Wales valleys and improving public services within local communities.


Personal history

David Rees is a native of Aberavon and was educated in local primary and comprehensive schools. Upon completing his A-levels he attended University College Cardiff (now Cardiff University). He has always lived in Port Talbot and now lives in Cwmafan, Port Talbot, with his wife. They have two adult daughters, both of whom attended local Welsh medium schools, and four grandchildren.


David has an honours degree in Civil & Structural Engineering from Cardiff University (formerly UCC), as well as a post-graduate teaching qualification and a master’s degree in Computer Science.


Professional background

David started his education career as a teacher of mathematics in Cynffig Comprehensive School, Kenfig Hill, before becoming a lecturer in computing at Afan College. He then moved into higher education as a senior lecturer in Computing and prior to his election to the National Assembly in 2011 was an Assistant Dean of Faculty at Swansea Metropolitan University (now part of UWTSD).  During his time at Swansea Metropolitan University, David was chair of the Joint trade union committee and a lay member of the Welsh regional committee of UCU (NATFHE) representing members across the institution.


David has been a staff governor at Swansea Institute of HE and Afan College and a parent governor at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera.


Political history

David was first elected to the National Assembly for Wales as the Assembly Member for Aberavon in 2011, succeeding Dr Brian Gibbons. During the fourth Assembly term David chaired the Health & Social Care Committee and also sat on the Enterprise & Business Committee, the Environment Committee and the Children, Young People & Education Committee.  He also chaired cross party groups on Science & Technology, Mental Health and Industrial Communities.


Since joining the Labour party in 1982 he has held a number of positions within the party in Wales, as well as in his trade unions. Prior to his election in 2011 he was a member of Labour’s Welsh Executive Committee and its Welsh Policy Forum, actively involved in the policy agenda ahead of that election.  He was also a member of the regional committee of his trade union and a lay officer at his workplace.


Before being selected to represent his home constituency in 2011, David was the Labour Party’s candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire in the 2003 National Assembly election and a list candidate for South Wales West in the 2007 election.


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