Secretary of State for Wales

The Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP


Alun Cairns was appointed Secretary of State for Wales on 19 March 2016. He was elected as Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan in May 2010 (re-elected 2015).


Alun attended the University of Wales and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Political career

  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales and a Government Whip July 2014 to March 2016
  • appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Wales Office 2014
  • elected as MP for the Vale of Glamorgan 2010
  • elected as Assembly Member to the Welsh Assembly 1999

Career outside politics

Before being elected to the Welsh Assembly, Alun worked for Lloyds Bank for more than 10 years, mostly in business development, with his last role in financial services compliance.

Personal life

Alun lives in his constituency with his wife Emma, who runs her own small business, and their son Henri. His father was a welder in British Steel and his mother was a shop-keeper.

He enjoys running and has completed 4 London Marathons in aid of local charities and was the fastest MP to complete the 26 mile course in 2015.

Secretary of State for Wales

The Secretary of State is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Wales Office.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall Strategic Direction
  • Constitutional and Electoral Issues
  • Economy and Business
  • Budget
  • Infrastructure
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Steel
  • Swansea City Deal / Tidal Lagoon
  • North Wales Growth Deal / North Wales transport modernisation
  • Broadcasting
  • Exiting the EU

Previous roles in government

  1. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

    • 2014 to 2016
  2. UK Government Minister for Wales

    • 2014 to 2016


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  1. Welsh Secretary: “Cross-border working can be the catalyst to Wales’ future prosperity”

    • Press release
  2. Welsh Secretary continues engagement on EU exit in Wales

    • Press release
  3. Alun Cairns comments on the latest employment figures

    • Press release
  4. Wales' prosperity is underpinned by the efforts and aspirations of our Top 300 firms

    • Press release
  5. Severn bridges transfer to public ownership draws closer

    • Press release
  6. £1.7m back pay identified for a record 16,000 workers as 260 employers are named for underpaying minimum wage rates

    • Press release
  7. Swansea Christmas tree grower wins Downing Street display title

    • News story
  8. Written Statement: Macur Review Report

    • Press release
  9. UK Government Ministers back Welsh SMEs on Small Business Saturday

    • Press release
  10. Welsh Secretary salutes the courage and excellence of the Armed Forces in Wales

    • Press release