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Christine Chapman
Christine Chapman (b. April 7, 1956) is a Welsh Labour politician who has been a Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Cynon Valley since 1999.

Chapman was born in Porth, Rhondda and educated at Porth County Girls' School. She then went to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and to South Bank Polytechnic where she obtained a Diploma in Careers Guidance. She earned a Master's degree in Economics at Cardiff University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Swansea.

She worked as a teacher, school careers adviser, and Compact Manager with Mid-Glamorgan Education Business Partnership. She was later co-ordinator for Torfaen Education Business Partnership and non-Executive Director of Mid-Glamorgan Careers Ltd. She obtained professional membership of the Institute of Careers Guidance.

Chapman served as a Labour Party member of Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council representing Ynysybwl and Coed y Cwm. In the 1999 election, Chapman was elected as for Cynon Valley, withstanding a strong advance by Plaid Cymru.

She chaired the Objective One Programme Monitoring Committee from 2000 to 2004, finding the time to complete an M.Phil degree at Cardiff University in June 2001. In January 2005 Chapman was appointed as a Deputy Minister in the Welsh Assembly Government, responsible for Education and Lifelong Learning, and Finance, Local Government and Public Services.

She is Chair of the Assembly's Women and Democracy Group and Secretary of the Labour UNISON Group. She supports the "Children Are Unbeatable Alliance" which seeks prohibit all corporal or physical punishment of children.


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