Key interests and achievements
David’s political interests include
looked-after children, mental health and constitutional
He is an acknowledged authority on the British
constitution and has written two influential books, ‘Will
Britain Survive Beyond 2020?’ (2009) and ‘The Reformed
Union: The UK as a Federation’ (2013).
Born in Neath in 1962, David was educated at
Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School, Neath; the University of Wales,
Cardiff; and the College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA.
David is a former manager of the Carers
National Association in Wales and a former Deputy Director of the
Welsh Centre for International Affairs.
David was first elected to the Assembly in May
1999. He has served as the Conservatives’ Shadow Minister for
Health and Social Care and for Economy and Transport. Between 2000
and 2011 he was the Welsh Conservatives’ Director of Policy
and wrote the Welsh Conservatives’ manifestos for the 2003,
2007 and 2011 Assembly elections.
He has previously chaired the Assembly’s
Audit; Health and Social Services; Standards of Conduct; and
Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committees.
David Melding was Deputy Presiding Officer
during the Fourth Assembly.