Plaid Cymru candidate for Ceredigion
Born in 1966, Elin Jones was raised on a farm in Llanwnnen, near Lampeter. She attended Llanwnnen Primary School and Lampeter High School. After graduating from Cardiff University with a BSc in Economics she received an MSc from Aberystwyth University in Rural Economics. In the past, Elin has worked as an Economic Development Officer for the Development Board for Rural Wales. Elin served on the Aberystwyth Town Council from 1992 to 1999 and became Aberystwyth's youngest mayor in 1997-98. Elin currently lives in Aberaeron.
At the first elections to the National Assembly in 1999, Elin was elected as the first Assembly Member for Ceredigion. During the early years, Elin was Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson on rural affairs and economic development. Elin also served as the party's National Chair between 2000 and 2002.
On 9 July 2007, the 'One Wales' coalition government was formed and Elin was appointed the Minister for Rural Affairs. Two years later, Elin won the Assembly Member of the Year award, and the Farming Weekly's 'UK Farming Champion' award.
Elin is now the Deputy Leader of Plaid Cymru, and as Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services is primarily responsible for the Plaid Cymru's innovative health policies. She has also led local campaigns to keep services in Bronglais Hospital, and for investment in modern community health facilities around Ceredigion.
As well as leading on health issues, Elin retains a strong interest in the rural economy and agriculture, sustainable transport, as well as issues of rural connectivity including broadband and mobile telecommunications.