Alun was born and brought up in Tredegar and he is the Welsh Labour AM for Blaenau Gwent.
He was first elected to the National Assembly in 2007 to represent Mid and West Wales and won his home seat of Blaenau Gwent in 2011.
He was appointed to the Welsh Government as the Deputy Minister for Agriculture Food and Fisheries from 2011 to 2013 and Minister for Natural Resources until July 2014. In May 2016 he was appointed as Minister for Lifelong Learning and the Welsh Language.
Outside of government his focus is as a campaigner to eradicate poverty and tackling climate change through creating a sustainable economy and promoting green growth.
This blog represents Alun’s personal views.