Owen Smith (born 2 May 1970) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Pontypridd since 2010, replacing the previous Labour MP Kim Howells, who decided to step down.
1 Early life and career,
2 Personal life,
3 Political career,
5 External links,
Early life and career:
Smith joined the Labour Party at the age of 16, studying History and French at the University of Sussex. He worked for the BBC as a radio producer for 10 years, working on a variety of programmes in both Wales and London, including Today for BBC Radio Four and Dragon's Eye for BBC Wales.
Immediately prior to be elected, Smith worked for five years in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industry.
Smith was brought up in Pontypridd, where he lives with his wife and three children.
In 2002, he became special adviser for Paul Murphy, then the Secretary of State for Wales. He later followed Murphy to the Northern Ireland Office.
In 2006, he fought and lost the Blaenau Gwent by-election to independent candidate Dai Davies.
In 2012, he joined Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, after Peter Hain stepped down.
In September 2012, he described Prime Minister David Cameron's first government reshuffle as an "highly unusual and unsatisfactory state of affairs. It looks to me as though Wales has only been considered at the fag-end of David Cameron's reshuffle and when they did look at it they found they'd run out of money for a full-time junior minister at the Wales Office, having almost certainly reached the ceiling allowed under the Ministerial and other Salaries Act. It's unheard of to have a whip also acting as a minister in a department."