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The Lord Mayor

Councillor Peter Black and Mrs Angela Black.

Councillor Peter Black and Mrs Angela BlackPeter was born in 1960 in Clatterbridge Hospital and lived in Bebington, Wirral for the first 18 years of his life. He is the eldest of four children.

He attended Wirral Grammar School for Boys before moving to Swansea in 1978 where he studied at Swansea University, graduating in English and History in 1981. Peter worked briefly at the former West Glamorgan County Council as a research assistant in the Social Service Department before taking up a permanent position at Swansea Land Registry in 1983.

He was elected for the Cwmbwrla Ward of Swansea City Council as the only Liberal member of that council in 1984, shortly before marrying his first wife, Patricia Hopkin. They divorced in 1994. Peter met Angela, who was working for S4C at the time, at a Liberal Democrats Conference in 1997 and they married in July 2000.

Peter is a former Leader of the Opposition on the City and County of Swansea and has also served as the Chair of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. In 1999, he was elected as a Welsh Liberal Democrat member of the nascent Welsh Assembly, as a list member for South Wales West. A former Deputy Minister for local government in the 2000-03 Labour / Welsh Liberal Democrat coalition administration, he chaired the Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills Committee in the second Assembly and then sat on the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee and the Finance Committee. He was also a member of the Assembly Commission with responsibility for ICT and Sustainability.

In November 2011 he took the lead alongside Welsh Liberal Democrats Leader, Kirsty Williams in negotiating an agreement with Labour on the Welsh Government's budget. As a result, the Government introduced a Pupil Deprivation Grant, guaranteeing Welsh schools an extra £450 for each pupil in receipt of free school meals.

In 2013 he led for the Liberal Democrats on the negotiations for the Assembly budget alongside Plaid Cymru, securing a £100 million package including a doubling of the Pupil Deprivation Grant to £918 per pupil, a £50m intermediate health fund, £9.5m for investment in innovation in the health service and £5.5m for supporting people budgets.

He also steered the Welsh Assembly's first private member's bill to the statute book under its new powers. The Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013 received Royal Assent in November 2013, introducing a modern licensing regime for Park Homes sites in Wales. On 10 December 2013 he was selected as the ITV Wales Yearbook Assembly Member of the year. In May 2016 Peter lost his Welsh Assembly seat in the Welsh General Election. 

He was appointed Commander of the British Empire in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours. He has just published his first novel.

Angela was born in Cwmbran in 1961. She is a graduate of Aberystwyth University and has worked for S4C, Swansea Housing Association, Swansea Land Registry and Swansea Council. She is currently employed as a translator by Swansea University.

Lord Mayor's Charity Fund

Peter and Angela have chosen to support Unity in Diversity, Crisis and Llys Nini as their charities for 2019/2020.

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