Ex-AM Black will not seek Assembly return
FORMER Welsh Liberal Democrat AM Peter Black has announced he will not be seeking to return to the National Assembly when his party selects its list candidates for the 2021 election early next year.
Mr Black was a regional AM for South Wales West from 1999 until losing his seat in 2016, serving as a deputy minister during the coalition between his party and Labour that ran Wales from 2000 until 2003.
He has decided not to put his name forward as a candidate for 2021 and will instead concentrate on his role as Deputy Lord Mayor of Swansea and as a local councillor, as well as pursuing other opportunities.
He said: “I had 17 very happy and fruitful years in the Assembly in which I successfully piloted private members legislation on park homes onto the statute book, helped set up Wales’ first national homelessness strategy, negotiated the creation of the Pupil Development Grant to provide extra funding for disadvantaged children, led a review of school transport policy and of special educational needs that is now manifesting itself in new legislation, campaigned on many local issues and helped hundreds of local people with their problems.
“It is now time for others to take their opportunity to make a difference for Wales and our local area.”
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