Peter is well known amongst his constituents, colleagues and journalists as a workaholic. But in between racing between Neath and London each week, he does get to have a real life.
Peter and his wife Elizabeth enjoy walking in the picturesque Neath Valley’s; they both enjoy visiting the natural beauties at Aberdulais Falls and Melin Court Falls.
Other than his family, Peter’s real passion is football and his beloved Chelsea FC which he first started supporting in 1965. As anyone who’s managed his diary knows, Chelsea matches come out of the diary at great risk to career and office calm (and on the rare occasions they lose a match is never the best time to ask for a day off).
“I have been a Chelsea fanatic since 1965 and have watched all the stars, like Peter Osgood the most brilliant striker in British football and worldwide, especially in his heyday before he broke his leg”.
“Stars like Charlie Cooke, who I have seen dribble from the half way line to score a goal; Ray Wilkins scoring from the half way line and then the really tenacious characters like Ron “Chopper” Harris through to the later stars like Kerry Dixon who scored a hat full of goals for us. In the modern age, Gianfranco Zola has delighted us all with his magician like qualities on the football pitch while Ruud Gullit gave us power, precision and class”.
“Now we have really fantastic players at Chelsea such at Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, who has come on a treat since he first joined us to become a world class mid-fielder. Together with John Terry, a towering defender, and of course the world’s best goal keeper in Petr Cech, we have a fantastic defence”.
He is a keen footballer and has played for the House of Commons Football team at the old Wembley Stadium. He is also the President of Neath AFC.
Peter is also a rugby fan, supporting his local teams, Neath RFC and the Neath-Swansea Ospreys.
He is often seen at the Gnoll cheering on the Welsh All Blacks or at the Liberty Stadium supporting the Ospreys.
Peter is President of Resolven RFC. One of his highlights of 1999 was seeing Wales and South Africa at the opening of the wonderful Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Since childhood, he has been a motor racing nut and Formula One races are never missed, even if at 4am on a Sunday.
Peter also follows the World Rally Championships. He visits the Rally when it arrives in Ireland and when the Rally visits Wales and comes through his own constituency.
Peter was recently pictured with Lewis Hamilton’s car from his rookie year when he took Formula 1 by storm.
His other love is music and long before the craze for politician’s claiming unlikely ipod shuffles, he’s been into the Manic Street Preachers, Coldplay and Snow Patrol – and has got to know the bands through his work in Northern Ireland and Wales.