People of the Senedd

Ken Skates MS

Ken Skates MS

Senedd Constituency Member

Welsh Labour

Welsh Labour Group

Clwyd South


My Senedd Activities

What legal advice has the Counsel General provided to the Welsh Government regarding the impact of the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023 on the Welsh public sector?

Tabled on 28/02/2024

Will the Minister make a statement on the nuclear energy sector in Wales?

Tabled on 14/02/2024

Will the Minister make a statement on the economic value of the wood panel industry to Wales?

Tabled on 31/01/2024

Will the Minister make a statement on the support available for farmers suffering from poor mental health?

Tabled on 17/01/2024

Will the Minister provide an update on plans to improve Ruabon railway station?

Tabled on 10/01/2024

Will the First Minister make a statement on the threat to Welsh democracy posed by the sharing of misinformation online?

Tabled on 04/01/2024

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Detailed information: Ken Skates MS


Key interests and achievements

In his free time, Ken enjoys running, swimming, hiking and curling as well as having an interest in gardening, art and architectural design. His political interests include skills training, tourism, environmental protection, mental health, sport and fitness and social inclusion.

Personal history

Ken Skates was born in 1976 in Wrexham, educated at Mold Alun School and went on to study Social and Political Science at Cambridge University.

Professional background

Ken was previously a journalist at the Wrexham Leader newspaper, and BBC Wales in Wrexham. He was PA to Mark Tami MP.

Political history

In 2008, he was elected a community councillor. Ken’s policy interests include manufacturing, mental health, sport and leisure, eliminating poverty and political economy.

Ken was appointed to the Welsh Government as Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology in 2011. He was then appointed Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism in 2014 and promoted to Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure in May 2016.


Terms of office

  1. 06/05/2011 - 05/04/2016
  2. 06/05/2016 - 28/04/2021
  3. 08/05/2021 -

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