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Jane Davidson
Jane Davidson (born 1957) is the Labour Assembly Member for Pontypridd. She lives in Gwaelod-y-Garth with her husband and three children. She is also the Welsh Vice-President of the Ramblers' Association.

Educational background
Davidson studied at the University of Birmingham and then took a PGCE at the University of Wales.

Professional career
Formerly a teacher, Davidson taught English, Drama and PE, firstly in Ceredigion and then at Coedylan School, Pontypridd. She has spent much of her life working with young people in the voluntary sector, both as Development Officer for the Youth Hostel Association in Wales and as a youth and community worker.

Political career
Local Government

Davidson spent 10 years as Labour city councillor in Cardiff, was Welsh Co-ordinator for the National Local Government Forum followed by being Head of Social Affairs for the Welsh Local Government Association, before becoming Assembly Member for Pontypridd in 1999.

National Assembly
Was Deputy Presiding Officer before being appointed to the Cabinet of the Welsh Assembly Government on 16 October 2000 as Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning & Skills. In the first Cabinet of the Third Assembly she was appointed Minister for Sustainability and Rural Development (31 May 2007) until a coalition cabinet was agreed with Plaid Cymru, and she became instead Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing (19 July 2007).


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