About Owen

about-owenOwen Smith has been the Labour MP for Pontypridd since 2010, he was re-elected to the seat in June 2017 with an increased majority.

Owen joined the Labour Frontbench in October 2010, initially as Shadow Minister for the Wales Office, later as a member of the Shadow Health and Treasury teams.

In May 2012, Owen was appointed to Shadow Cabinet in the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Wales.

In September 2015, Owen became Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary. Owen stood for the leadership of the Labour Party in the summer of 2016. He is currently Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland having been appointed by in June 2017.

Prior to being elected, Owen worked for five years in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals industry, latterly as a Director and member of the UK and Ireland Team of Amgen, the global biotechnology company.

Owen began his career as a BBC journalist, where he worked for ten years on network radio and television programmes, including BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’.

After leaving journalism, he spent three years working as a Government Special Adviser, principally at the Northern Ireland Office.

Owen was brought up in Pontypridd and lives in the constituency with his wife and three children.