Jonathan Edwards (Welsh politician)

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Jonathan Edwards
Official portrait of Jonathan Edwards crop 2.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
In office
7 May 2010 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byAdam Price
Succeeded byElection in progress
Majority3,908 (9.5%)
Personal details
Born (1976-04-26) 26 April 1976 (age 43)[1]
Capel Hendre, Carmarthenshire, Wales[2]
Political partyPlaid Cymru

David Jonathan Edwards[3] (born 26 April 1976) is a Plaid Cymru politician in the United Kingdom. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Carmarthen East and Dinefwr in Wales since 2010.

Political career[edit]

He was first elected as the MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr at the May 2010 general election. Edwards replaced the previous MP Adam Price, who was standing down.[4]

In January 2012, Edwards submitted an early day motion for a Cornish Assembly, being supported by fellow PC MPs Hywel Williams and Elfyn Llywd and Paul Flynn of Labour.[5]

Edwards posted a Twitter remark in 2014 criticising Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton for describing himself as British whilst representing the British and Irish Lions[6] and again in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum 2014 with the claim unionists "loathe" their country[7] Politicians from other parties re-affirmed their dual British and Welsh identities.[6][7]

In 2016, Edwards called for the return of Welsh bank notes, which Plaid Cymru proposed could be issued by the Lloyds Banking Group. He also called for the renaming of the Bank of England to "Sterling Central Bank" to better reflect the UK as a whole.[8][9]

Acting as Plaid Cymru's Brexit spokesperson, Edwards described the Brexit bill as the "biggest job-killing act in Welsh economic history".[10] A proposed amendment introduced by Edwards which would have required the government to report on the effect on Wales' public finances was defeated,[10] and Edwards voted against the third reading of the bill.[11]

He successfully held his parliamentary seat during the 2017 general election, slightly increasing his majority.[12]

Edwards supports foxhunting and backed the Conservatives' plans to relax the hunting ban.[13]

In a speech at Plaid Cymru's March 2018 spring conference, Edwards warned against his party moving any further to the left politically: “I would appeal to my party not to respond to the electoral challenges we face from Corbyn's Labour by basing our political strategy on the intricacies of socialist theory.”[14][15] His speech was seen as part of a wider debate about Plaid Cymru's identity following the electoral success of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party in the 2017 general election, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood having called for her party to adopt “decentralist socialism” in January 2018.[16]

In March 2019, Edwards voted for an amendment tabled by members of The Independent Group calling for a second public vote on EU membership.[17]


  1. ^ "Jonathan Edwards MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Who's Who".
  3. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8746.
  4. ^ BBC, 7 May 2010, BBC Election 2010 Results
  5. ^ WalesOnline (5 January 2012). "Plaid Cymru backs devolution bid by fellow Celts in Cornwall".
  6. ^ a b "'British' Wales star Sam Warburton sparks political row". BBC News. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b Williamson, David (8 August 2014). "Plaid MP Jonathan Edwards defends his claim that unionists 'loathe' their country". Wales Online. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  9. ^ Spence, Peter (1 February 2016). "Plaid Cymru: Wales should have its own banknotes again". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Plaid Cymru MP warns of Brexit Bill 'job-killing act'". ITV. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Welsh Labour MPs vote against Brexit bill at third reading". BBC. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Carmarthen East & Dinefwr parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  13. ^ David Cornock (14 July 2015). "Fox hunting and EVEL: who has the whip hand?". BBC News. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  14. ^ "'Unite or weaken' warning at Plaid Cymru conference". ITV News. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Oblivion if Plaid lurches left, warns MP". BBC News. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  16. ^ Servini, Nick (23 March 2018). "Centre ground or socialism?". BBC News. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  17. ^ Mosalski, Ruth. "Brexit latest: The Welsh MPs who voted for a second referendum". Wales Online.

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Preceded by
Adam Price
Member of Parliament for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
2010 – 2019
Succeeded by
Election in progress