Mohammad Asghar

Assembly Member for South Wales East

Mohammad Asghar – known to his friends as Oscar – has been an Assembly Member since 2007 when he became the first person from an ethnic minority to win a seat in the National Assembly. Born in Pashawar, Pakistan, in 1945 Oscar is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi, and attended Pashawar University before completing his accountancy training at Nash College, Newport.

Oscar joined the Conservative Party in December 2009, when he left Plaid Cymru and became the first AM to ‘cross the floor’ and join another party in the Assembly’s history.

Oscar is a former Newport city councillor, and fought the 2003 Assembly and 2005 General Elections. His political interests include economic development and combating social exclusion.

A qualified pilot, his interests outside politics include cricket, athletics and badminton.

Oscar served as Shadow Minister for Equalities and Sport from 2010 to 2014, and was reappointed in July 2014 until May 2016. Oscar was re-elected on the regional list in May 2016.


Asghar sponsors Jewish History Exhibition at Senedd 

The Jewish History Association of South Wales aims to uncover, document and share the tangible cultural heritage of the Jewish communities of South Wales. The Exhibition, called “Voices and Images of the South Wales Jewish Community” is currently touring South Wales.

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Nick Ramsay

Assembly Member for Monmouth
Shadow Finance Minister

Nick is currently the Shadow Finance Minister and chairs the influential Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises expenditure by the Labour-run Welsh Government and other public bodies in Wales. Originally from Cwmbran Nick went to Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School before attending St John’s College at the University of Durham where he gained a Joint Honours degree in English and Philosophy. He later gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics from Cardiff University.