John William Patrick Smith
(born March 7
) is a Welsh Labour Party
politician, and Member of Parliament
(MP) for the Vale of Glamorgan
Born in Penarth
, Smith attended Fairfield County Primary School in Penarth then Penarth County Grammar School (became the comprehensive Stanwell School
in 1973) on Archer Road
. He served for a while in the Royal Air Force
, then worked as a carpenter and joiner for Vale Borough Council from 1971-6. He became a mature student in 1976, studying at the Gwent College of Higher Education
, then went to University College of Wales, Cardiff
where he gained a BSc
in 1981. He became a university tutor until 1985. From 1985-9, he was a senior lecturer in Business Studies. He became a campaign manager for Gwent Image Partnership, becoming chief executive from 1992 after he lost his seat.
He contested Vale of Glamorgan in 1987.
He was first elected to the seat in a 1989 by-election, lost it to the Conservatives in 1992 by a very narrow margin, and regained the seat in the 1997 general election. He was re-elected in 2001 and 2005, and served as a member of the Defence Select Committee in 2005. He has spent much of his time with the future of RAF St Athan.
He married Kathleen Mulvaney in 1971 in Liverpool
. They have two sons and a daughter.