Syd Morgan

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Syd Morgan is a Welsh nationalist politician.

Morgan studied at the University College Swansea and became active in Plaid Cymru. He was a founder member of the National Left group within the party in 1980.[1]

By 1984, Morgan was a Plaid Cymru member of the Rhymney Valley District Council, and was also the party's Senior Vice-Chairman, while working as a housing officer in Cardiff.[2] At the 1984 European election, Morgan stood in South Wales East, taking fourth place with 8.7% of the votes cast.[3] Later in the year, he was elected as party chairman, serving until 1990 when he became its treasurer. Morgan stood for the UK Parliament at the 1989 Pontypridd by-election, in which he took second place with more than a quarter of the vote.[4]

In 1992, Morgan married Jill Evans, a prominent Plaid politician.[5] Following the redistricting of local government in Wales, he became a councillor in Rhondda Cynon Taf for many years, losing his seat in 2004 and last standing in 2008.[6] He works as a lecturer at Swansea University, was until 2011 a member of the bureau of the Centre Maurits Coppieters, and was a founder of the Welsh Nationalism Foundation.[7]


  1. ^ Laura McAllister, Plaid Cymru: the emergence of a political party, p.175
  2. ^ BBC, Guide to the European Elections, 1984, p.217
  3. ^ "Wales", United Kingdom Election Results
  4. ^ Laura McAllister, Plaid Cymru: the emergence of a political party, p.117
  5. ^ Vacher's European Companion, No.109-110, p.351
  6. ^ "County Borough Elections 2008", Rhondda Cynon Taf
  7. ^ Martin Shipton, "Labour queries public funding for Plaid-linked research foundation", Western Mail, 12 December 2012
Party political offices
Preceded by
Dafydd Iwan
Chair of Plaid Cymru
Succeeded by
Ieuan Wyn Jones