The Right Honourable
The Lord Touhig
Member of Parliament
16 February 1995 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Neil Kinnock Succeeded by Chris Evans Personal details Born 5 December 1947
Abersychan, Monmouthshire, Wales
Nationality Welsh Political party Labour Co-operative Spouse(s) Jennifer Hughes Religion Roman Catholic Website http://www.dontouhig.org.uk/
James Donnelly Touhig, Baron Touhig, PC, KSS (born 5 December 1947) is a British Labour Co-operative politician from Wales. He was the Member of Parliament for Islwyn from 1995 until his retirement in 2010.
He went to St Francis RC School in Abersychan near Pontypool, then the Mid Gwent College (now Coleg Gwent) in Pontypool. Before entering parliament, he had been a journalist from 1968-76. From 1976-90, he was the Editor of the Free Press of Monmouthshire (Monmouth Free Press). From 1988-92, he was the General Manager and Editor-in-Chief of the Free Press Group of newspapers. He was the General Manager (business development) of the Bailey Group from 1992-3, then of Bailey Print from 1993-5. He served on Gwent County Council from 1973-95. He joined the TGWU in 1962 and the Labour Party in 1966.
He contested the Richmond and Barnes seat in the 1992 general election. He was elected to Parliament in a by-election on 16 February 1995, to replace Neil Kinnock (party leader from 1983 to 1992), who had resigned. From 1996-7, he was on the Welsh Affairs Select Committee. He served as parliamentary private secretary to Gordon Brown and as a whip before becoming a minister. He had to resign in 1999 when he confessed to receiving a leaked Social Security Select Committee report on Child benefit. He was later suspended for three days from the Commons. He was succeeded by John Healey. He was a junior minister at the Ministry of Defence, with special responsibility for veterans, but left government in the May 2006 reshuffle. He was made a Member of the Privy Council on 19 July 2006.
Touhig was married on 21 September 1968 to Jennifer Hughes. They have two sons and two daughters.
- ^ Introduction: Lord Touhig. House of Lords debates, 30 June 2010, 3:00 pm
- ^ "Chancellor's aide quits over leak". BBC News Online. 27 July 1999. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/405149.stm.
- ^ "MPs suspended over leak". BBC News Online. 21 October 1999. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/481581.stm.
- ^ "Blair saga 'bleeds party' says MP". BBC News Online. 31 August 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/5299230.stm.
- ^ "Dragons and Poodles - a story of Welsh politics". BBC News Online. 15 September 1999. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/447605.stm.
- ^ "Labour Don Touhig, MP for Islwyn, is to stand down". BBC News Online. 30 January 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/8488976.stm.
- Official Website
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Don Touhig MP
- Voting record at the Public Whip
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Don Touhig MP
- BBC Politics page
- Blake's Parliamentary Yearbook
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