Ifor Davies

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For those of a similar name, see Ivor Davies (disambiguation).

Ifor Davies (9 June 1910 – 6 June 1982) was a Welsh Labour Party politician.

Ivor Davies (he changed his forename to "Ifor") was born in Gowerton, Swansea, the youngest of the six children of Jeffrey and Elizabeth Jane Davies. His father was employed in the local tinplate mill. He was educated at Gowerton School, Swansea Technical College and Ruskin College, Oxford. He was an industrial personnel officer and served as a councillor on Glamorgan County Council, representing Gowerton 1958-61. Prior to election to Parliament, he was Agent to his predecessor, Rt Hon David Grenfell. He married Doreen Griffiths; the couple had two children, Janet and Wyn, Director of Music with New Zealand Opera.

Davies was Member of Parliament (MP) for Gower from 1959 until he died in office in 1982. He was succeeded by Gareth Wardell. Under Harold Wilson, Davies was a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury and Welsh whip from 1964 to 1966 and a junior minister at the Welsh Office from 1966-69. He was a former Chairman of the Welsh Grand Committee and Member of the Speaker's Panel of Chairmen.[citation needed]

In 1971, Davies was one of the sixty nine Labour MPs who defied the Labour Whip to vote in favour of entry to the EEC. He campaigned for a 'No' vote in the 1978 referendum in Wales on the establishment of a Welsh Assembly, along with other members of the 'Gang of Six', Neil Kinnock, Leo Abse, Donald Anderson, Alfred Evans (politician) and Ioan Evans. Throughout his tenure as MP, he was sponsored by the white-collar trade union APEX. Davies was Secretary of Tabernacle Chapel, Gowerton, continuing in that role while a Member of Parliament. He was a former Chairman of the Council of Swansea University.[citation needed]


Ifor Davies died three days before his 72nd birthday, on 6 June 1982.[where?]


His nephew Huw has been MP for Ogmore since 2002.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Grenfell
Member of Parliament for Gower
Succeeded by
Gareth Wardell