The Labour & Co-operative Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney, Huw Lewis, has announced to members of his local Labour Party that he will not seek re-election to the Assembly at May’s election. Mr. Lewis, who serves as the Welsh Government’s Minister for Education and Skills, has represented his home communities since the very first Assembly in 1999.
Following the 2011 Assembly elections Huw was appointed as the Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage.
Huw cut his political teeth at Edinburgh University, where he earned a reputation as a formidable political campaigner under the tutelage of two giants of the Labour Party, John Smith and Donald Dewar. He campaigned for a Scottish Assembly alongside his friends in Edinburgh Labour Club, including future Labour heavyweights Douglas and Wendy Alexander and Pat McFadden.
After a period spent teaching chemistry, Huw was appointed Assistant General Secretary of the Welsh Labour Party in 1994. In charge of organisational matters, he co-ordinated the ‘Labour Yes Vote’ campaign in 1997 that lead to the creation of the National Assembly itself.
Elected as the Labour and Co-Operative Party Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney in 1999, Huw served first as a Government Whip and then Deputy Minister for Education. As Deputy Minister for Social Justice he wrote the Welsh Assembly Government’s flagship Child Poverty Action Plan. After the 2007 Welsh Assembly elections, he served briefly as Regeneration Minister.
In 2009, following Rhodri Morgan's resignation, Huw ran for the leadership of Welsh Labour, losing out to Carwyn Jones. Huw returned to government following the contest as Deputy Minister for Children.
Huw has contributed to the Institute of Welsh Affairs and the Bevan Foundation. He is a member of the Co-Operative Party, the Fabian Society and of UNITE the Union.
Huw lives in Merthyr Tydfil with his wife Lynne Neagle (Assembly Member for Torfaen) and their two children James (7) and Sam (1).