Carwyn Jones

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Carwyn Howell Jones (born 21 March 1967) is a Welsh politician and the First Minister of Wales. The third official to lead the Welsh Government, Jones has been Assembly Member for Bridgend since 1999. In the coalition government of Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru, he was appointed Counsel General for Wales and Leader of the House on 19 July 2007. Along with a number of other Assembly Members, he is a fluent Welsh speaker, and is also a member of Amnesty International and the Fabian Society. He was elected Leader of Welsh Labour on 1 December 2009. On 9 December he was nominated as First Minister and unanimously elected by the National Assembly. He was sworn into office the following day.

Biography

Born in Swansea, he was raised in Bridgend in a fluent Welsh speaking family. He was a pupil at Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend, and then studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he joined the Labour Party during the Miners' Strike.

Professional career

Jones trained as a barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law, London, and was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1989.

He became a practising barrister, who specialised in Family, Criminal and Personal Injury law; he was in legal practice for ten...
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