Edward Glyn Davies MP (born 16 February 1944) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. 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).
Glyn Davies MP
|Member of Parliament |
Assumed office |
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Lembit Öpik|
|Member of the Welsh Assembly |
for Mid and West Wales
6 May 1999 – 3 May 2007
|Preceded by||Constituency created|
|Succeeded by||Alun Davies|
16 February 1944|
Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, Wales
|Alma mater||Aberystwyth University|
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 in a house once owned by Arthur Humphreys-Owen who served as an MP for Davies' seat from 1894–1906.
In 2002, Davies underwent major surgery for rectal 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.
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.
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. In September 2010 it was announced that Glyn was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Cheryl Gillan as Secretary of State for Wales, a role he lost in the 2012 Cabinet reshuffle.
In October 2016, Davies tweeted a series of controversial remarks about 'academics', suggesting that they lacked the status of experts and were universally out of touch with the real world. The remarks caused a significant backlash from the public, the press, and peers from within the Conservative Party. Since the incident, Davies has ceased using Twitter as a form of communication, and has refused to offer a public apology for his remarks.
Davies blogs semi-regularly, on his web page 'A View from Rural Wales'. The British blogger Iain Dale is quoted as describing Davies as "By common consensus the best politician blogger in Wales and he's a real character". Davies kept up blogging after losing his seat in the National Assembly. At times in 2007 he was almost single-handedly fighting for a 'rainbow coalition' through his blog.
In 2008, Davies 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."
|National Assembly for Wales|
|New title|| Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire