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|Member of Parliament
7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Dafydd Wigley|
14 May 1953 |
Pwllheli, Caernarfonshire, Wales
|Political party||Plaid Cymru|
|Alma mater||University of Wales, Cardiff|
He was educated at Ysgol Glan y Môr, Pwllheli and the University of Wales, Cardiff, where he graduated in psychology. 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. 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.
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.
He was a member of the Welsh Affairs Committee and since 2012 has been a member of the Science and Technology Committee and the House Committee on Works of Art
He is a member of the Speaker's Panel of Chairmen and as such chaired backbench debates and legislative committees.
He also served on the joint committee for the draft Mental Health Bill back in 2004-5
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.
In November 2010 he announced his engagement to Dr Myfanwy Davies, 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. They have three daughters and a son.
- Hywel Williams AS/MP official constituency website
- Hywel Williams MP Plaid Cymru profile
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Articles authored at Journalisted
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Caernarfon
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Arfon