Trish Law

Trish Law

name =Trish Law AM

caption =
birth_date =birth date and age|1954|3|17|df=y
birth_place = Nantyglo, Wales
residence =
death_date =
death_place =
office =Assembly Member
salary =
term_start = 29 June 2006
term_end = present
predecessor = Peter Law
successor = Incumbent
party = Independent
religion =
constituency = Blaenau Gwent
majority = 5,357 (22.8%)
spouse = Peter Law (deceased)
children = five
website = [ Blaenau Gwent People's Voice]
footnotes =

Patricia Law, née Bolter (born 17 March 1954) is the Independent AM for Blaenau Gwent in Wales.


Patricia Law was born in Nantyglo, Blaenau Gwent, in 1954. Law was educated in Nantyglo Junior School, Glanyravon Secondary Modern School and Ebbw Vale College. She trained as a Nursing Assistant in an EMI unit for Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust, before marrying Peter Law. The couple were married for 30 years and had five children and one grandchild.

During Peter Law’s term as AM and MP, Trish Law worked in his constituency office. She was Mayoress of Blaenau Gwent in 1988-89, Secretary of Abertillery and Blaina Inner Wheel Club (Rotary) and for a short period of time was Secretary of the League of Friends at Blaina Hospital.

Political career

After Peter Law's resignation from the Labour Party due to the imposition of an all-women candidate list, and later death from a brain tumour on 25 April 2006, Trish Law was supported by Blaenau Gwent People's Voice Group, the group formed by those who helped Peter Law overturn a 19,000 Labour majority at the 2005 General Election. She was successfully elected in a by-election on 29 June 2006. Labour also failed to regain the Westminster seat as Peter Law's former campaign manager, Dai Davies, was elected to replace him [ [ BBC NEWS | Wales | Double election defeat for Labour ] ] .

Following her election, the National Assembly for Wales became the first UK legislature to have a female majority of representatives. [Shipton, Martin. [ World first as Trish Law takes Assembly seat] . Western Mail, 5 July 2006. Accessed 2 Aug 2006.] . Although an independent, Law backed Labour's Assembly Budget after Finance Minister Sue Essex accepted two of her demands: a commitment that women's refuges will be set up in all Welsh counties that don't currently have one; the opening of a therapy centre in Blaenau Gwent for people suffering from depression, stress and low self-esteem. This and other campaigns meant Law won the BBC Wales award for Campaigning Politician of the Year [ [ 'I'll stand again - I feel I can't let people down' - icWales ] ] .

Law won re-election as an independent at the National Assembly for Wales election, 2007.


External links

* [ Bio at Welsh Assembly Government]

Offices held

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