Jill Evans

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Jill Evans
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Member of the European Parliament
for Wales
Assumed office
10 June 1999
Preceded by Position established
Personal details
Born (1959-05-08) 8 May 1959 (age 55)
Ystrad Rhondda, Glamorgan, Wales
Nationality Welsh
Political party Plaid Cymru
Spouse(s) Syd Morgan
Alma mater University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Glamorgan University
Occupation Member of the European Parliament
Website http://www.jillevans.net/
Video Introduction (English) / (Welsh)

Jill Evans (born 8 May 1959) is Plaid Cymru Member of the European Parliament for Wales and First Vice President of The Greens–European Free Alliance group - the fourth largest in the European Parliament. She is also chair of CND Cymru and she was President of Plaid Cymru until the position was abolished in 2013.

In June 1999, she and fellow candidate Eurig Wyn were elected as the first MEPs in Plaid Cymru's history. She was re-elected to the European Parliament in 2009. She is a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Delegation for relations with Iraq. She deputises on the Agriculture Committee. She is also Plaid Cymru spokesperson for European and International issues.


Evans was born in Ystrad Rhondda, Glamorgan. She was educated at Bodringallt Infants' and Junior schools, Ystrad, where her head-teacher was John Haydn Davies, conductor of Treorci Male Voice Choir. Evans later attended Tonypandy Grammar School, the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where she gained a BA, and the Polytechnic of Wales, Trefforest (now Glamorgan University) where she earned an M.Phil. She speaks both Welsh and English, having learned the former as a second language in Tonypandy GS being taught by Penri Jones, now a Gwynedd county councillor.

Professional career[edit]

Evans worked as a Research Assistant at the former Polytechnic of Wales where she also gained her M.Phil. degree. She later worked for the National Federation of Women's Institutes in Wales for six years with the late Rhiannon Bevan. She continues to be an associate member of Glamorgan WI. Following her first election to public office, she took up the post of Wales Organiser for CHILD - the infertility support network.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Evans has long been a political activist and community campaigner before being elected to public office. Her political credits include

  • participation in August 1981 in the first leg of the march from Cardiff City Hall which led to Greenham Common,
  • the campaign against the nuclear bomb-making factory in Llanisien, Cardiff,
  • supported miners and their families during the 1984-1985 miners' strike; she was the first woman to go down Maerdy colliery,
  • leading the successful closure of the infamous Nant Y Gwyddon landfill site in Gelli,
  • active support of the Friction Dynamics workers in Caernarfon,
  • supporting the Burberry workers in their 2006-2007 campaign to prevent the closure of their Treorchy factory; she secured the support of international Welsh baritone, Bryn Terfel and led the picketing of the flagship Burberry store in London.

Her party posts include national Chair of Plaid Cymru from 1994 to 1996. She is a long-standing supporter and member of the European Free Alliance (EFA), the pan-European grouping of Plaid Cymru's sister parties, which campaigns for independence for the historic nations of Europe and linguistic rights for minority languages.[1]

She was elected to Rhondda Borough Council in 1992, Mid-Glamorgan County Council in 1993, and, following the abolition of these, to the Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in 1996. She was elected to the European Parliament at the 1999 elections, becoming the first Plaid Cymru MEP. Evans was re-elected at the 2004 elections and again in June 2009. She stood for the Rhondda constituency in the National Assembly for Wales election, 2007 and came second with votes.[citation needed]

In her first parliamentary term, Evans was vice president of the Women's Rights & Equal Opportunities Committee, a member of the Environment Committee and the Palestinian Delegation. She is currently the President of the European Free Alliance (EFA) group of MEPs and First Vice President of the Green/EFA Group in the European Parliament. Her main political interests are the environment and international affairs.[citation needed]

On 4 November 2011 she was fined £575 after refusing to pay her TV licence fee in protest over changes to the Welsh-language channel S4C.[2]


  1. ^ "Jill Evans MEP". Plaid Cymru website. Plaid Cymru. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "MEP Jill Evans fined for TV licence protest over S4C". BBC News (BBC). 4 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 

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Offices held[edit]

European Parliament
New constituency Member of European Parliament for Wales
1999 – present
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Dixon
Chair of Plaid Cymru
Succeeded by
Marc Phillips
Preceded by
Dafydd Iwan
Vice President of Plaid Cymru
Succeeded by
Chris Franks
Preceded by
Dafydd Iwan
President of Plaid Cymru
Succeeded by
Position abolished