Alun Michael

Labour and Co-operative Police & Crime Commissioner for South Wales and Co-operative Party NEC Member for Wales
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Alun Michael is the Labour & Co-operative Police & Crime Commissioner for South Wales. He has represented Wales on the Co-operative Party NEC through difficult times and is former Chair of the Co-operative Parliamentary Group.

His recently-published Police & Crime Plan is based on clear co-operative principles and his current role follows on 25 years as Labour & Co-operative MP for Cardiff South and Penarth.

Before that he was Labour & Co-operative Councillor in Cardiff for 15 years. His Parliamentary career included being Deputy Home Secretary before becoming Secretary of State for Wales – the first Co-op MP to join the Cabinet since AV Alexander.  After a short period as the first First Minister of Wales, he became Minister of State for Rural Affairs and then Minister for Industry and the Regions.

As a back-bencher from 2006 to 2012 he played a leading role in the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, the Justice Select Committee and the Home Affairs Select Committee before standing down to contest the Police Commissioner election in 2012.  As Police and Crime Commissioner he has made partnership and co-operation the hallmark of his policies, working closely with Welsh Government and the seven local councils in his area.

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  • Anna Turley selected for Redcar, Stephen Doughty in Cardiff (2 Aug 2012)
    The Co-operative Party is pleased to announce the selection of two new Labour & Co-operative Parliamentary candidates. Anna Turley, currently the co-ordinator of the Co-operative Councils Network, has been selected to fight the North East seat of Redcar, previously held by Mo Mowlam. Anna is the first Co-operative candidate at parliamentary level in the North […]
  • Alun Michael MP pushes for a mutual rail network in Wales (6 Mar 2012)
    Labour & Co-operative MP Alun Michael was at Welsh Questions in Parliament last week to raise the potential of mutual ownership of the rail network in Wales. The Minister David Jones was at least prepared to welcome the ‘helpful contribution’ of our People’s Rail proposals, unlike Plaid Cymru – no friends of co-ops, clearly. The […]
  • The Co-operative Party at Welsh Labour Conference (16 Feb 2012)
    The Co-operative Party will be at the Welsh Labour Conference this coming weekend in Cardiff, looking ahead to May’s local government elections. We will be launching our Co-operative Agenda for Welsh Local Government at the Co-operative Party and Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales Fringe meeting, 5.30pm, Saturday 18 February 2012, Room 22, Swalec Stadium. Speakers – Alun […]
  • MPs call for mutual canal network (8 Jul 2010)
    Tristram Hunt MP, supported by Co-operative Party MPs, last night called an adjournment debate on the future of British Waterways. Tristram used the debate to highlight our policy, backed in Labour’s manifesto, for the organisation to be run along mutual lines with the property to be held in trust to prevent asset stripping. As Tristram […]
  • New National Executive Committee elected (10 May 2011)
    Following recent elections amongst our members and our member organisations, we are able to announce the election of the following NEC members. Scotland: Jim O’Neill Wales: Alun Michael MP North East: Raymond Henderson North West: Dave Pownall Yorks & Humberside: Neil Rhodes East Midlands: Julian Evans South West: Linda Gilroy London: Gareth Thomas MP West […]
  • Alun Michael: The co-operative model offers governance for the internet age (11 Sep 2009)
    Who owns the internet? Who manages the internet? Who governs the internet? And does it really matter? Well, yes it certainly does – and the answer has to be co-operative governance! Let me explain. Only the most naïve people – mainly on the so-called “libertarian right” – still propagate the myth that the internet is […]
  • Criminal Justice System — [Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] (17 Oct 2012)
    Alun Michael: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester Central (Tony Lloyd) on securing this debate. I declare a similar interest; I have been nominated to stand for election as police and crime commissioner in south Wales. I am proud to say that the needs of victims will be at the heart of my approach if I am elected. I want to be precise that a genuine focus on the needs and interests of...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (15 Oct 2012)
    Alun Michael: May I declare an interest, in that I am standing to be police and crime commissioner in south Wales? Like the excellent Labour candidates across England and Wales outside London, I want to rescue police governance from the shambles that the Government are creating. Given that the Government pay for the free distribution of literature to electors in parliamentary elections, Welsh Assembly...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Police and Crime Commissioners (Victims’ Services) (18 Sep 2012)
    Alun Michael: May I first declare an interest, as I am standing as the Labour and Co-operative candidate for police and crime commissioner in south Wales? Does the Minister agree that the treatment of victims and witnesses remains deeply unsatisfactory in many areas of the court system and in the criminal justice system generally? In providing resources to police and crime commissioners, will he ensure...
  • Leader of the House: Ministerial Statements (13 Sep 2012)
    Alun Michael: Whether the Government plan to impose penalties on Ministers who fail to observe the House's expectations in regard to statements.
  • Police Officer Reductions (12 Sep 2012)
    Alun Michael: My hon. Friend referred to prevention. Does he agree that our police officers work hard to fulfil the first and primary responsibility laid down by Robert Peel, which is to prevent crime, rather than only chasing after criminals? Does he also agree that it is greatly to the credit of the police that they do not whinge about their difficult situation but get on with the job? In a way, however,...
  • Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Somaliland (4 Sep 2012)
    Alun Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to encourage use of the Somaliland Development Corporation to promote private and public investment in the economy of Somaliland following the Somalia Conference.
  • Energy and Climate Change: Olympics (Security) (12 Jul 2012)
    Alun Michael: It is clearly in the Home Secretary’s job description to look unruffled when faced with a shambles, and she is getting plenty of practice. Very simply, if the operation was planned as meticulously and monitored as carefully as she claims, how did it go so badly wrong?
  • Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (12 Jul 2012)
    Alun Michael: Ministers will be aware that the Welsh landfall for an optimal Severn tidal barrage will be in my constituency. Given the need for a major increase in renewable energy and the potential for creating nearly 40,000 jobs, will Ministers provide us with some clarity on what the Government will do to promote this project?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Policing (9 Jul 2012)
    Alun Michael: I declare an interest as a candidate to be a police commissioner in south Wales. Does the Minister not accept that the best way of empowering police officers to reduce crime is to prevent reoffending? Instead of concentrating on bureaucratic requirements, such as having several reports before action can be taken, will he strengthen the use of antisocial behaviour orders, which have succeeded...
  • [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Elections (National Assembly for Wales) (3 Jul 2012)
    Alun Michael: The hon. Member for Aberconwy would be well advised to read the Westminster Hall debate initiated by the hon. Member for Monmouth (David T. C. Davies), who castigated the Government for the way in which the size of constituencies in Wales had been downgraded because of the relationship between Wales and England. Reading that speech might be an education for the hon. Gentleman.
  • Website under maintenance (31 Oct 2013)
    This website has been static since Alun Michael was elected South Wales Police Commissioner on 15 November 2012. It’s currently undergoing maintenance and be active again soon. Thanks for your patience.    Liz – The Website Administrator 
  • Election Day: November 15, 2012 (16 Nov 2012)
  • Lack of information for electors (8 Nov 2012)
    The thing that has irritated people most about the Police & Crime Commissioner election is the lack of information.  That lack of information is both an insult to the electors and deeply offensive to the candidates. And the blame has to be set squarely at the door of Ministers who decided on this radical change […]
  • The last Penarth Times column (25 Oct 2012)
    This is my last Penarth Times column as the Member of Parliament for Cardiff South and Penarth. After 25 years as an MP that does give me a strange feeling. But when I became an MP I missed my challenging work with young people and the roles as a magistrate and local councillor in which […]
  • Visiting Lush Cosmetics in Swansea and Cardiff for ‘No Cop Out for Wildife’ (20 Oct 2012)
    I was invited to visit the two Lush Cosmetics shops in the South Wales area to hear about their campaign ‘No Cop Out for Wildlife’. Lush has been doing great work in raising awareness about the Police Commissioner elections and asking customers who care about wildlife crime to tell their candidates that they want them […]
  • The Badger Cull (18 Oct 2012)
    On Sunday, dozens of senior scientists with expertise in wildlife disease wrote a public letter to The Observer, expressing their strong objection to the Government’s badger cull about to begin in England. They say that they “believe the complexities of TB transmission mean that licensed culling risks increasing TB rather than reducing it.” This is something that […]