Like most of Holyhead, his hometown, including the Labour MEP Glenys Kinnock, he attended the Holyhead County Comprehensive School. 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. From the University of York he gained a BA in Politics in 1997.
Albert has rebelled against the Labour Party’s political whip on certain occasions. The most notable examples are:
He voted against the government’s Higher Education Funding Bill – 27th January, 2004;
he voted against the House of Lords amendment on foundation hospitals – 19th November, 2003;
he voted for an outright ban on hunting with dogs – 30th June, 2003 (this was not a whipped vote and this should not be seen as a rebellion);
he voted for an anti-war amendment during the Iraq crisis debate – 18th March, 2003
He married Angela Margaret Magee. They have two daughters (born January 1985 and August 1986).
Constituency: Ynys Mon
Constituency Address: Ty Cledwyn, 18 Thomas Street, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1RR.
Constituency Tel: 01407 765750
Date of Birth: 10 August 1959
Personal Website: http://albertowenmp.org/
Westminster Address: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Westminster Tel: 020 7219 8415
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/albertowenynysmon?ref=br_rs