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Edwina Hart

Edwina Hart

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Edwina Hart was a Member of the National Assembly for Wales between May 1999 and April 2016. This was her biography at the time she left.

Personal history

Edwina Hart was born and raised in Gowerton, Swansea, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Professional background

She was the first female president of the banking union BIFU (now part of Unite), and went on to chair the Wales TUC. Edwina has served as a member of the Broadcasting Council for Wales, the Wales Millennium Centre, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the South Wales West Economic Forum. She was also a non-executive director of ‘Chwarae Teg’ - an organisation which promotes the role of women in the workplace.

Edwina was awarded an MBE in 1998 for services to the trade union movement.

Political history

Edwina has been Gower’s Assembly Member since the first Assembly election in 1999. Having served as the Assembly’s first Finance Secretary, in 2000 the role was changed to include responsibility for local government, so she became Minister for Finance and Local Government.

After the 2003 Assembly election, she was appointed the Social Justice and Regeneration Minister and Edwina was appointed to the Health and Social Services in May 2007. Following her re-election in May 2011, Edwina was appointed Minister for Business, Enterprise and Technology.

Her main political interests are equal opportunities and economic development.


She is a member of Community, the union for life, and a member of Unite union.

Register of Interests

Register of Interests – Fourth Assembly (PDF, 850kb)

Register of Interests – Third Assembly (PDF, 490kb)

Register of Interests – Second Assembly (PDF, 361kb)

Register of Interests – First Assembly (PDF, 268kb)


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