People of the Senedd

Ken Skates MS

Ken Skates MS

Senedd Constituency Member

Welsh Labour

Welsh Labour Group

Clwyd South


My Senedd Activities

How will the £42 million of additional funding announced recently by the Welsh Government help social care settings in Clwyd South?

Tabled on 27/10/2021

What assessment has the Minister made of the impact that the £20-a-week cut to universal credit will have on Welsh communities?

Tabled on 13/10/2021

What is the Welsh Government doing to help connect more properties in north Wales to superfast broadband?

Tabled on 29/09/2021

Will the Minister provide an update on what the Welsh Government is doing to help create manufacturing jobs in North Wales?

Tabled on 22/09/2021

What is the First Minister's current assessment of the spread of the Delta variant in Clwyd South?

Tabled on 24/06/2021

What progress has the Welsh Government made regarding plans for a community bank of Wales?

Tabled on 23/06/2021

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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.

Register of Interests

Register of Interests – Fifth Senedd (PDF, 3.25MB)

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


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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Cross Party Membership


Calendar events: Ken Skates MS