Glyn Davies (British politician)

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Glyn Davies
MP
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Glyn Davies MP
Member of Parliament
for Montgomeryshire
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Lembit Öpik
Majority 1,184 (3.5%)
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Mid and West Wales
In office
6 May 1999 – 3 May 2007
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Alun Davies
Personal details
Born (1944-02-16) 16 February 1944 (age 70)
Welshpool, Powys, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Aberystwyth University

Edward Glyn Davies[1] (born 16 February 1944) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Montgomeryshire since May 2010, and is a former member of the National Assembly for Wales in the Mid and West Wales region (which covers the areas of Powys, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Camarthenshire and Gwynedd).

Background[edit]

Educated at Castle Caereinion Primary School and Llanfair Caereinion High School. At the age of 50, he attended Aberystwyth University where he broadened his knowledge of Politics - he gained a Diploma in International Law and Politics.[2]

He spent his early working life running the family farm near Castle Caereinion, Welshpool on which he was born and in which still has a business interest. He now lives at Cil Farm, Berriew. Davies takes an active interest in a wide range of sports, gardening, and other countryside activities.[2]

In 2002, Davies underwent major surgery for colon cancer. He went on to make a full recovery and in 2006 competed in a rugby game alongside Jonah Lomu to promote the message that is possible to make a full recovery following a serious illness and to raise money for charity.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Davies was a farmer. He is a former Chairman of the Development Board for Rural Wales and also served as a Member of the Welsh Development Agency and the Welsh Tourist Board.[2]

Political career[edit]

Davies' career in politics began in 1980 when he found his local District Council. He was Chairman of Montgomeryshire District Council from 1985–89, having previously served as Chair of the Planning Committee and Chair of the Finance Committee.[2]

Member of the National Assembly for Wales for the Welsh Conservative Party in the Mid and West Wales region from 1999 to 2007. Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee in the First Assembly; and the Environment, Planning and Countryside Committee in the Second Assembly.

Following the loss of his place in the National Assembly for Wales due to Conservative success elsewhere in the region, Davies challenged Lembit Öpik, the Liberal Democrat MP for Montgomeryshire, at the 2010 UK General Election, having unsuccessfully challenged Öpik at the 1997 General Election in the same seat. He beat Öpik to become the Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire.[4] In September 2010 it was announced that Glyn was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Cheryl Gillan as Secretary of State for Wales,[5] a role he lost in the 2012 Cabinet reshuffle.[6]

Blogging[edit]

Davies' blog, 'A View from Rural Wales' is generally regarded as one of Wales' most popular political blogs. The UK blogger Iain Dale is quoted as saying, "By common consensus the best politician blogger in Wales and he's a real character".[7] Davies kept up blogging after losing his seat in the National Assembly and is seen as fairly non-partisan for a Conservative and often very funny.[citation needed] At times in 2007 he was almost single-handedly fighting for a 'rainbow coalition' through his blog.

Davies recently defended the sacked former blogger Christopher Glamorganshire, and is quoted as saying “The Christopher Glamorganshire blog was on my list of ‘my favourites’. It seemed to me to be written in a sensible and rational manner. Clearly, if his contract of employment said he was not allowed to blog, he doesn’t have much of a case. But if it is simply a question of supposedly contravening the code, I think sacking him is very harsh and heavy-handed. This all smacks of the heavy hand of the state.” [8]

His blog was voted the second most popular Welsh political blog in Iain Dale's Total Politics Guide to Blogging 2008-09,[9] a position he has maintained from the previous year.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC General Election 2010". BBC News. 
  2. ^ a b c d Glyn Davies "BBC News AMs profile". BBC. 1998-05-12. Retrieved 1999-09-01. 
  3. ^ BBC News story "AM's message of life after cancer"
  4. ^ "Lembit Opik loses Montgomeryshire". BBC News. 7 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cameron approves pps appointments". Politicshome. 10 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle: Cheryl Gillan loses Wales Office". BBC News. 4 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "The blogger's world is huge". Wales on Sunday. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  8. ^ "Sacked blogger’s taking case to tribunal". Western Mail. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  9. ^ "Top 40 Welsh blogs". Iain Dale's Diary. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  10. ^ "Top 20 Welsh blogs". Iain Dale's Diary. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 

Offices held[edit]

External links[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales
19992007
Succeeded by
Alun Davies
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lembit Öpik
Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire
2010–present
Incumbent