Alun Michael MP
Alun Michael was elected to Parliament in 1987 representing Cardiff South and Penarth, having previously served as a councilor with Cardiff City Council between 1973 and 1989. An experienced politician, Mr Michael was shadow spokesperson for Welsh Affairs, Home Affairs and the Voluntary Sector during Labour’s years in opposition. In Government he has served as Minister of State at the Home Office, DEFRA and the DTI and as Secretary of State for Wales, between 1998 and 1999. At the Home Office he had special responsibility for Criminal Justice, the Police and Voluntary Sector. At the DTI, Mr Michael led the delegation to Tunis for the World Summit on Information Society during the UK Presidency of the EU, and has taken an active interest in achieving a consensus on the issue of internet governance. Born in Anglesey, Mr Michael was educated at Keele University and previously worked as a Community Education Officer and journalist.