AM – Eluned Morgan
Eluned Morgan’s political career began in 1994 at the age of 27 when she was elected as the youngest Member of the European Parliament.
She was only the fifth woman elected to a full time political position in the history of Wales. Initially she represented the constituency of Mid and West Wales, and was subsequently re-elected in 1999 and 2004 under the new proportional representation system representing the whole of Wales.
Eluned was born in 1967 and brought up in Ely, – a working class housing estate on the outskirts of Cardiff – where her father, the late Rev Bob Morgan, served as a vicar in the Church of the Resurrection.
Her ‘open house’ Vicarage home was the centre of the community and both her parents served as Labour Councillors. Bob Morgan became Leader of South Glamorgan County Council and her mother Elaine was elected to serve as a Cardiff City Councillor.
Eluned was educated at Glantaf Welsh language comprehensive school, and at the age of sixteen she won a scholarship to the United World College of the Atlantic, part of the United World Colleges. She gained a degree in European Studies from the University of Hull.
She worked as a stagiaire in the European Parliament serving the Socialist Group after graduation and then worked for S4C, she worked as a researcher for Heno for an Independent TV company, and later the BBC where she served as a researcher for factual programmes.
Eluned Morgan is a Fellow of Trinity College Carmarthen, and is an Honorary Distinguished Professor of Cardiff University. She served on the Board of the International Baccalaureate Organisation for three years and is on the board of the Wales Governance Centre. Eluned gave the inaugural Patrick Hannan memorial lecture for BBC Radio Wales in 2011.
Morgan is married to Ely-based General Practitioner Rhys Jenkins, and the couple have two children, Arwel and Gwen.
Eluned speaks four languages English, Welsh, French and Spanish.
When she was elected and served as President of the European Parliament Cross Party Committee on Regional and Minority Languages, Eluned represented the promotion of lesser used languages across Europe, securing the inclusion of minority languages in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.