Alun Cairns is a Welsh Conservative Party politician. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Vale of Glamorgan at the May 2010 election. He was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office and Government Whip in July 2014.
Following Stephen Crabb's succession to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Cairns took over the role of Welsh Secretary in March 2016. 
Cairns had been a member of the National Assembly for Wales for in the South Wales West region since 1999.
Dinner with lobbyists
A seating plan of the Conservative Party's Black and White Ball, in February 2014, was leaked to the Guardian in October 2014. The party, which guests pay between £450 and £1000 for a ticket, seats diners with the minister most relevant to them. The report revealed that Cairns sat on a table with the then energy minister, Michael Fallon, James Wharton MP and Alexander Temerko, a director of Offshore Group Newcastle, a firm which supplies the offshore renewable energy industry. Both Cairns and Wharton are MPs of constituencies where the offshore wind farms have been proposed and have both benefited from donations directly from Temerko. 
In March 2014 Cairns declared the following donation on the MPs' Register of interests for 'support in the capacity as an MP':
- Name of donor: Alexander Temerko
- Address of donor: private
- Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000
- Date of receipt: 26 March 2014
- Date of acceptance: 26 March 2014
- Donor status: individual
- Member of the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee
- Ministerial appointments: July 2014, Prime Minister's Office, 15 July 2014.
- Dods people, Arrivals, moves, departures, Civil Service World, accessed 31 March 2016
- Alun Cairns, personal website, acc February 2012
- Simon Goodley, Melanie Newman and Nick Mathiason Tycoons mix with top Tories at fundraising ball in London The Guardian, 12 October 2014, accessed 14 October 2014
- Register of Interests of Members' Secretaries and Research Assistants, 23 March 2016, parliament.uk, accessed 19 April 2016