Plaid Cymru candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire and lead candidate on the Mid and West Wales list
Simon Thomas was first elected to the Assembly at the 2011 election as a regional member for Mid and West Wales. He topped the Mid and West list for May’s election and is candidate in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.
He was Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion from 2000 to 2005.
Whilst in Parliament, he spoke for the party on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Transport, International Development, Energy, Culture Media and Sport.
He was also a member of the Environmental Audit Committee and became one of the longest serving members of that body, being recognised as a constant advocate for the environment and sustainable development.
He was a development manager for Technium in Pembrokeshire, before being appointed senior special advisor to the One Wales Government, advising the Deputy First Minister and other Plaid Cymru Ministers.
He is a member of the Children, Young People and Education Committee, and has served on the National Assembly’s Finance Committee; Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee.
He has been a member of Plaid Cymru’s strong Shadow Cabinet since 2014. Simon is Shadow Minister for Education, Skills and the Welsh language. Simon also speaks for the party on Public Services and Local Government.
He was educated at Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School; Aberystwyth University and intially trained as a librarian.
Simon has two children. He enjoys walking, reading and spending time with the family.