Former Plaid Cymru MP receives Honorary Fellowship

02.07.2018

Former Plaid Cymru MP, the Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd, has today (2 July 2018) been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Born in Betws-y-Coed, Elfyn Llwyd was raised in Llanrwst and later went to Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, University of Wales Aberystwyth and Chester Law College.  He worked as a solicitor and subsequently a barrister (called to the bar in 1997) before election to public office.

He was a Member of Parliament, representing Meirionnydd Nant Conwy in the House of Commons from 1992 to 2010 and Dwyfor Meirionnydd from 2010 to 2015 and was Plaid Cymru's Westminster parliamentary group leader.

On presenting The Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd to the congregation Gwilym Dyfri Jones UWTSD Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor said:

“Today, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David honours one of the architects of modern Wales, a man who has contributed significantly to that principled process of creating a nation with dignity, self-esteem and quiet confidence.

Through his brilliant service as an active and conscientious member of parliament for over twenty years and as an insightful and incisive barrister, he has influenced many major developments that have positively affected our lives here in Wales.“

Elfyn Llwyd has been a true ambassador for Wales. He has served his country with dignity, sincerity and great aplomb.”

During his time in Parliament he won national political awards including Campaigner of the Year 2010, Welsh MP of the Year 2014 and was also shortlisted for Channel 4‘s Politician of the Year.  As MP he was the first to initiate a bill calling for the setting up of a Children’s Commissioner for Wales in 1993 and during his time in Parliament he amended the Family Law Act 1996 to enhance the voice and interests of children in divorce situations. In 2012 he introduced a private bill to establish in the criminal law the offence of stalking which was accepted by Government and enacted. Similarly, he introduced the bill to criminalise coercive control within domestic violence in February 2015 and which was accepted by Government and became law in January 2016.

He chaired the All Party Justice Unions Group and the All Party Family Court Unions Group as well as serving as vice chair of one of the most powerful Select Committees of the House of Commons namely, the Justice Select Committee in which role he chaired public and private sessions of the Committee and represented the Committee and Parliament in International Justice conferences.

Following his contribution and work for Welsh culture and the language he was appointed a Member of the Eisteddfod Gorsedd of Bards.  He is also an honorary life member of NAPO as a result of his contribution and work within the field of justice. 

A member of Linehall Chambers in Chester, Elfyn Llwyd currently practices in public and private Family law. On receiving the award The Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd said: 

“Today is an important day in my life – it really is a great honour.  I’m extremely grateful to have received this award by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 

If I could also say that today is such an important day to all of you who are graduating and I congratulate you on all your successes so far.  As Education graduates, yours is an honourable and key profession in the modern world and it’s trite to say that education is key to a good society.  You, in the course of your profession will play an extremely important role in forming and assisting the lives of thousands of Young people and children and making them good citizens.  I really am privileged to be at this ceremony with you today.”       

 

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