He was first elected to the National Assembly in 2007 to represent Mid and West Wales. He won his home seat of Blaenau Gwent in 2011 and was re-elected in 2016.
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 and in November 2017 was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services.
Alun also represents Welsh Labour on the Party’s NEC. As a campaigner his focus is on working to eradicate poverty and to promote sustainable economic growth.
This blog represents Alun’s personal views.