Hywel Williams

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Hywel Williams
Member of Parliament
for Arfon
Caernarfon (2001–2010)
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by Dafydd Wigley
Majority 1,455 (5.6%)
Personal details
Born (1953-05-14) 14 May 1953 (age 61)
Pwllheli, Caernarfonshire, Wales
Nationality Welsh
Political party Plaid Cymru
Alma mater University of Wales, Cardiff
Website Official website

Hywel Williams (born 14 May 1953, Pwllheli[1]) is a Welsh politician and Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Arfon.[2] He previously represented Caernarfon.


He was educated at Ysgol Glan y Môr, Pwllheli and the University of Wales, Cardiff, where he graduated in psychology.[3] On leaving university he started work in 1974 as a trainee childcare social worker in Mid Glamorgan, and then worked as a mental health officer in his home town of Caernarfon.[4] He joined Bangor University's social work practice centre in 1985. He taught in Welsh and wrote the first social work texts in the language. He subsequently worked as a social work consultant before being elected to Westminster in 2001.[5]

He contested the Clwyd South seat for the Welsh Assembly and polled 25% of the vote, almost 5 times as many votes as secured by Plaid Cymru in the 1997 general election. In the 2001 election he successfully contested the Caernarfon constituency and elected to Parliament with 44% of the vote and a majority of 12%, and successfully defended the seat in the 2005 General Election.

His parliamentary responsibilities within Plaid Cymru are work and pensions, education, disabilities and health.

In November 2010 he announced his engagement to Dr Myfanwy Davies,[6] whom he had met in political circles several years before and subsequently worked on a number of campaigns. They were married on December 16 at Greenfield Chapel, Llanelli.[7] They have three daughters and a son.[citation needed]

Foreign Affairs[edit]

On 1 September 2007 Williams visited the Kurdish Cultural Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, where he spoke of the importance of the maintenance of the Kurdish language.

In a 2007 interview with Raz Jabary for Kurdish Aspect, Williams expressed his support for an independent Kurdistan and claimed that it would be no threat to Turkey.[8]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dafydd Wigley
Member of Parliament for Caernarfon
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Constituency created
Member of Parliament for Arfon