Roger Williams (British politician)

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Roger Williams
CBE MP
Roger Williams.jpg
Williams, 2011
Member of Parliament
for Brecon and Radnorshire
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by Richard Livsey
Majority 3,747 (9.6%)
Personal details
Born (1948-01-22) 22 January 1948 (age 66)
Crickhowell, Powys, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Welsh Liberal Democrats
Spouse(s) Penny
Children 1 son, 1 daughter
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Website Roger Williams MP

Roger Hugh Williams, CBE, MP (born 22 January 1948) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Brecon and Radnorshire since the 2001 general election.

Early life[edit]

Born in the town of Crickhowell, Roger Williams studied at Christ College, Brecon, and Selwyn College, Cambridge. On graduating in Natural Sciences he returned to Breconshire becoming a livestock farmer. During the mid-1980s he was elected Chairman of the Brecon and Radnorshire branch of the National Farmers Union.

Political career[edit]

Williams joined the Labour Party in 1969, but left to join the SDP at the formation of the party in 1981 and represented it and subsequently the Liberal Democrats on Powys County Council. In 1990 he was elected Chairman of Brecon Beacons National Park.

In 2001 he was elected to represent the constituency of Brecon & Radnorshire holding the seat with a majority of 751 following the retirement of fellow Liberal Democrat Richard Livsey. In the 2005 election he was returned with an improved majority of 3,905. He served as Shadow Welsh Secretary in the Liberal Democrat Frontbench Team in the 2005-10 Parliament and was re-elected in the 2010 election with a majority of 3,747.

Williams was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for public and political service.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He married Penelope James in 1973 in Devon. They have a son (born 1975) and daughter (born 1976).

Footnotes[edit]

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Livsey
Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire
2001–present
Incumbent