Garfield Davies, Baron Davies of Coity

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David Garfield Davies, Baron Davies of Coity, CBE (born 24 June 1935[1]) is a Labour Co-operative peer in the House of Lords and a former trade union leader.

Davies left school at 15 and worked as an electrician, serving in the Royal Air Force 1956-58. In 1969 he became a full-time trade union official with USDAW and rose through the ranks, becoming General Secretary of the union in 1986.[2] He retired in 1997.[2]

Davies was named CBE in 1996[3] and created a life peer as Baron Davies of Coity, of Penybont in the County of Mid Glamorgan in 1997.[4] Davis belongs to the Labour Friends of Israel lobby group.[5]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2014. Lord Davies of Coity, General Secretary, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, 1986–97, 78 
  2. ^ a b Dod, Charles Roger; Dod, Robert Phipps (2002). Dod's parliamentary companion, Volume 184. Dod's Parliamentary Companion Ltd. ISBN 0-905702-36-0. 
  3. ^ "Honours for de Angeli and Chandler". The Grocer. 1996-01-06. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Lord Davies of Coity". Parliament of the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  5. ^ "LFI Supporters in Parliament". Labour Friends of Israel. 23 March 2018. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Whatley
General Secretary of USDAW
Succeeded by
Bill Connor