He was first elected to the Senedd in 2007 to represent Mid and West Wales. He won his home seat of Blaenau Gwent in 2011 and was re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021.
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. He also established and led the Welsh Govt’s Valleys Taskforce between 2016 and 2019. He was not reappointed to government by the new First Minister in December 2019.
Alun has also represented Welsh Labour on the Party’s NEC during the Corbyn years. As a campaigner his focus is on working to eradicate poverty and to promote sustainable economic growth especially in the heads of the valleys region.
This blog represents Alun’s personal views. There’s no-one else to blame.