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 3,580 (13.4%)
Personal details
Born (1953-05-14) 14 May 1953 (age 62)
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.

Early life[edit]

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.[4]

Political career[edit]

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[5]

He is a member of the Speaker's Panel of Chairmen[5] 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[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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2010 he announced his engagement to Dr Myfanwy Davies,[7] 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.[8] They have three daughters and a son.[citation needed]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dafydd Wigley
Member of Parliament for Caernarfon
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Arfon