(born 26 April 1957
) is a Welsh Labour
politician who has represented the constituency of Gower
since the National Assembly for Wales
was established in 1999. Hart was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services in the Welsh Assembly Government
in May 2007.
Hart was born and raised in Gowerton
where she attended Gowerton Girls' Grammar School. She especially enjoyed English and Music and became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales
. Today Edwina lives in Gowerton with her family; she has one daughter.
Hart has worked in banking, where she became active in the trade union movement. As a result of this work she was elected as the first female president of BIFU (banking services union and now part of Amicus
), 1992-1994. She also served as Chair of the Wales TUC (as did her husband, Bob Hart, in another year). Edwina would later receive an MBE
for Trade Union services. In 1998 Edwina also served as a member of the Broadcasting Council for Wales and sat on the board of the Wales Millennium Centre
. She also sat on the Employment Appeals Tribunal, was a member of the South West Wales Economic Forum and a director of Chwarae Teg. Edwina is a member of T&GWU and Community as well as a life member of Amicus.
Hart was elected to the First Assembly with 35.4% of the vote in 1999
for the constituency of Gower
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