Helen Mary Jones AM

Helen Mary Jones is the Deputy Leader of Plaid Cymru at the National Assembly for Wales and spokesperson for Health & Social Services. She is also Chair of the Children & Young People's Committee in the National Assembly.

Born 29th June 1960, she was educated at Colchester County High School for Girls, Llanfair Caereinion High School and University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

She has worked in youth and community work, has been a special needs teacher and immediately before she was elected, worked for the Equal Opportunities Commission in Wales as their Deputy Director promoting equality between women and men.

An active trade unionist, she has held offices in UNISON and the T&GWU. In the period prior to devolution she was a member of the National Assembly Advisory Group. At the 1992 General Election she contested Islwyn and in 1997 Montgomeryshire. In the Assembly Election of 1999 she spectacularly captured the Labour seat of Llanelli, only to lose by 21 votes in 2003.

She was re-elected to the Assembly however, via the regional list, for Mid & West Wales. In 2007 Helen Mary Jones again contested the Llanelli seat, but without the security of heading Plaid Cymru's regional list. She was elected, with a majority of nearly 4,000, making Llanelli an almost safe seat.

Her other political interests include social justice, equal opportunities, children's rights and employment. In the Wales Yearbook Welsh Political Awards 2007, Helen Mary Jones was named as 'AM of the Year'.

Helen shares her time between her homes in Trimsaran and Cardiff. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter Catrin, swimming, reading and gardening.

Contact Details

Helen-Mary.Jones@wales.gov.uk

Tel: 01554 774393

Ty Bres,
Heol Bres,
Llanelli,
SA15 1UA.