About

Julie Morgan 4 Deputy LeaderI am very pleased that Welsh Labour has decided to create the post of deputy leader and have a gender balanced leadership.

I have campaigned for this through the Charter for Women which I jointly set up. If elected I will do all I can to promote diversity.  I want to shape this new post in Wales.

I believe that as much power as possible should be delegated to the members. The thousands of members that we have are our great strength and it must be made meaningful to become a member of the party. Their voices should be heard throughout the structure of the party. I believe that the Labour party belongs directly to its members.

 


JULIE'S CAREER

Julie Morgan in the Assembly

I am the Assembly Member for Cardiff North – serving from 2011 to present. I was re-elected in 2016 with an increased majority and the highest number of votes of any Assembly Member.

I chair several Cross Party Groups including on Cancer, Children, the PCS union and Contaminated Blood. I'm currently a member of the Children, Young People and Education Committee and the Health and Social Care Committee.

I campaign for justice for the victims of the contaminated blood scandal, for social justice for gypsies and travellers, for children's rights, to raise awareness of the issues faced by deaf people and people with Hepatitis C among many other issues.

I'm a founder member of the Welsh Refugee Council and of the Women's Arts Association. I'm a patron of Cardiff charity Touch Trust, Advocacy Matters, Abortion Rights Cardiff, Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales and the Policy Forum for Wales.

I'm a trustee of Life for African Mothers, which aims to make birth safer in Africa by providing medicine to help reduce the maternal mortality rate. I'm vice president of Cardiff's City Hospice which offers palliative care for the terminally ill. And I'm an affiliate member of the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People at Swansea University (pictured below at Swansea University meeting Hillary Clinton who praised the Observatory's work on children's rights).

Julie Morgan 4 Deputy Leader
Julie Morgan 4 Deputy Leader
Julie Morgan 4 Deputy Leader

Julie Morgan in Parliament

Julie Morgan 4 Deputy LeaderElected MP in the marginal seat of Cardiff North in 1997, I was a member of the Justice, Welsh Affairs, and Public Administration Select Committees and of the Parliamentary Labour Party's Women's Group.

I was chair of groups including the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Children in Wales, working with children’s voluntary groups across Wales, the APPG for Gypsy and Traveller Law Reform, and the APPG for Sex Equality (working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission). I was also co-chair of the APPG on Global TB.

I presented three Private Member's Bills -- one on banning smoking in public places, one on granting votes at 16, and one on preventing under-18s from using sunbeds which became law in 2010.

Julie Morgan in the Labour Party

I have been a member of the Labour Party for 48 years. My first experience was working as a postal vote canvasser for Jim Callaghan before the 1964 election. As a student, I was Secretary of King's College Labour Club at the University of London; I was also active in the Vale of Glamorgan CLP for many years. From 1985-1997, I was a Labour councillor for Plasnewydd. Most recently, from May 1997 until May 2010, I was Labour MP for Cardiff North.

Julie Morgan 4 Deputy Leader
Julie Morgan 4 Deputy Leader
Julie Morgan 4 Deputy Leader

Julie Morgan's education and career before politics

I am a social worker by profession – I worked as a hospital social worker in Sully Hospital and as a childcare social worker in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. I started the first family placement scheme in Wales for teenagers experiencing problems – this was in West Glamorgan. Before I became a politician, I was assistant director of Barnardo's Cymru.

I was a councillor at South Glamorgan Council from 1985 to 1997. I was also chair of three governing bodies, a founder member of the Welsh Refugee Council and the Women's Arts Association. I have extensive experience working in the voluntary sector and in my personal life I have experience of bringing up a family. I have a degree in English from the University of London, a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Administration from Manchester University, and a qualification in social work from Cardiff University.