Alun Ffred Jones

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Alun Ffred Jones
Alun Ffred Jones 2011.jpg
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Arfon
In office
3 May 2007 – 4 April 2016
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded bySiân Gwenllian
Majority5,018 (25.6%)
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Caernarfon
In office
1 May 2003 – 3 May 2007
Preceded byDafydd Wigley
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1949-10-29) 29 October 1949 (age 69)
Brynamman, Wales
Political partyPlaid Cymru
Alma materBangor University

Alun Ffred Jones (born 29 October 1949) is a Welsh politician and member of Plaid Cymru and former television producer, writer and director. Jones was the National Assembly for Wales Member for Caernarfon 2003–07 and for the newly created Arfon constituency since the National Assembly for Wales election, 2007. He is now the current Chair of Plaid Cymru.


Jones was born in Brynamman and is the brother of former Plaid Cymru President Dafydd Iwan.[1] He was educated at the University of Wales, Bangor. Before his election, he was a television director and producer for Ffilmiau'r Nant and a BAFTA Cymru winner as co-writer of the S4C Welsh language comedy series, C’mon Midffild!.[2][3] Before that he was a Welsh teacher and Head of Department and then a journalist with HTV. Jones speaks Welsh, English and French.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Jones is the former Leader of Gwynedd County Council, is Chair of Antur Nantlle[clarification needed] and chair of Nantlle Vale Football Club.[citation needed] His main political interests are in broadcasting, community development and the economy. On 22 July 2008 he was appointed Minister for Heritage in the Welsh Labour/Plaid Cymru coalition Welsh Assembly Government.[4]

On 20 November 2008, Jones became the first person to use the Welsh language as a representative of the UK government at a European Union meeting in Brussels.[5]


  1. ^ News Caernarfon Online
  2. ^ "Thank you Alun Ffred Jones for your contribution to Dyffryn Nantlle, Gwynedd, Arfon and Plaid Cymru". Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  3. ^ "1993 Cymru Drama Series/Serial | BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  4. ^ "Alun Ffred Jones is new Heritage Minister". Wales Online. Archived from the original on 31 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  5. ^ North Wales Chronicle[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

Offices held[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Dafydd Wigley
Assembly Member for Caernarfon
Succeeded by
(constituency abolished)
Preceded by
(new constituency)
Assembly Member for Arfon
Succeeded by
Siân Gwenllian
Political offices
Preceded by
Elin Jones
Shadow Economic Development Minister
Succeeded by
David Melding
Preceded by
Rhodri Glyn Thomas
Minister for Heritage
22 July 2008 – 2011
Succeeded by
job restructured