Ron Davies

Ron Davies is the Plaid Cymru candidate for Caerphilly constituency in the Welsh National Election to be held on the 5th May 2011. He can be contacted via e-mail at RonDavies@plaidcymru.org .

Ron was born in Machen and began his public career as a teacher in the Gwent and Mid Glamorgan counties, before being elected as a Labour MP for Caerphilly in 1983. He subsequently served a distinguished career as MP for the constituency by increasing his vote at each Westminster election, eventually obtaining a 27,000 vote majority. In 1992 he was elected to the Shadow Cabinet and served as Shadow Sectretary of Wales. During this period he developed the strategy for devolution and held a reluctant Labour party together on the issue.

In 1997 Ron became Secretary of State for Wales and legislated for devolution after playing a historic role in the “Yes” campaign.

After resigning from office Ron was elected to the National Assembly for Caerphilly in 1999 but he later left the Labour party having become disillusioned with the New Labour project and the failure to take forward the process of devolution.

He was elected as an independent local councillor in 2008 and joined the Plaid-led cabinet. Subsequently, Ron joined Plaid Cymru and was endorsed as candidate for Caerphilly in 2010. During the past few years he has developed a strong reputation for campaigning on local issues and has a knowledge of both community politics and the wider Welsh political picture.

Ron Davies' speech at the 2010 annual conference: