Jonathan Edwards (Welsh politician)
|Member of Parliament |
for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Assumed office |
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Adam Price|
26 April 1976|
Capel Hendre, Carmarthenshire, Wales
|Political party||Plaid Cymru|
David Jonathan Edwards MP (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.
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 and again in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum 2014 with the claim unionists "loathe" their country Politicians from other parties re-affirmed their dual British and Welsh identities.
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.
Acting as Plaid Cymru's Brexit spokesperson, Edwards described the Brexit bill as the "biggest job-killing act in Welsh economic history". A proposed amendment introduced by Edwards which would have required the government to report on the effect on Wales' public finances was defeated, and Edwards voted against the third reading of the bill.
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.” 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.
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- Jonathan Edwards MP official constituency website
- Jonathan Edwards MP Plaid Cymru profile
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Contributions in Parliament during 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 at Hansard Archives
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
| Member of Parliament for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
2010 – present