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Albert Owen (born 10 August 1959) is a Welshmarker politician, and member of Parliament for Ynys Mônmarker for the Labour Party. He took the seat in the 2001 election from Plaid Cymru with a margin of exactly eight hundred votes and retained the seat with an increased majority of approximately twelve hundred votes in the 2005 election. He is a member of the Parliamentary Welsh Affairs Select Committee, and vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Flag Group

Early life

Like most of Holyheadmarker, his hometown, including the Labour MEP Glenys Kinnock, he attended the Holyhead County Comprehensive Schoolmarker. He left when he was sixteen for a career in the Merchant Navy, and was a seaman until 1992. In 1995, he became an advisor in the Citizens Advice Bureau, specialising in welfare rights, and from 1997 to 2001 he managed the J. E. O'Toole Centre in Holyhead - a centre dedicated to the welfare, education and leisure of unemployed workers in Holyhead. In 1999, he unsuccessfully stood for the Labour party in the Welsh Assembly elections. From the University of Yorkmarker he gained a BA in Politics in 1997.

In Parliament

Albert has rebelled against the Labour Party's political whip on certain occasions. Most notably:

Personal life

He married Angela Margaret Magee. They have two daughters (born January 1985 and August 1986). He is a supporter of Everton Football Club. He said "I have a passion for football. I remember, as a young man in the 1970s, watching Wales play Northern Ireland at Goodison Parkmarker, my favourite football team’s stadium."


  1. UK Parliament - Register of All Party Groups
  2. Albert Owen biography, Guardian, accessed 12 August 2008

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