WELSH ASSEMBLY BY-ELECTION
BLAENAU GWENT (29th June 2006)
From the South Wales Argus, first published Tuesday 14th Jun 2005.
Norman John Price, Plaid Cymru
Born in 1955, Norman John Price was brought up in Cefn Hengoed and Aberbargoed; and was educated at Bedwellty Grammar School before studying at the Cardiff Institute of Food Technology and working as a chef and hotel manager at various locations in both England and Wales.
A freelance chef since 2000, he divides work with various interests including music, travel and membership of Beaufort Male Choir. Married to wife Tina for almost 25 years, he lives on Frost Road, Beaufort, Blaenau Gwent.
John has been a Plaid Cymru/The Party of Wales supporter since the age of 14 and grew up in a Plaid home, where he learnt true socialist values.
A veteran of several successful campaigns including that of the late Dr Phil Williams in 1999, he has been Chairman of Plaid Cymru Blaenau Gwent since 2004.
John is an ardent socialist who believes passionately that only by greater inward investment can the Valleys be revitalised.
New Labour, with its neo-Conservative policies masquerading as a social agenda, simply will not do.
"For more than 30 years we have seen a gradual disintegration in Valleys life and Valleys culture," he says.
"Blaenau Gwent has one of the highest levels of ill health anywhere within Wales or Britain, yet insufficient funding has been allocated by the Tories and New Labour alike to improve matters.