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Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM

Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM

Party: Independent

Constituency: Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Contact information

Office Address: 
7 Bank Place
LL49 9AA

Phone:  01766 515028

Assembly Address: 
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA

Phone:  0300 200 7175


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Terms of Office

  • 07/05/1999 - 30/04/2003
  • 02/05/2003 - 02/05/2007
  • 04/05/2007 - 31/03/2011
  • 06/05/2011 - 05/04/2016
  • 06/05/2016 -

Membership of Cross Party Groups

Additional Information

Key interests and achievements

Dafydd Elis-Thomas enjoys the recreations of hill walking and jogging from the family cottage near Betws y Coed. He is also Vice-President of the National Trust Snowdonia Appeal which invests in sustainable farming and conservation in Snowdonia. Dafydd Elis-Thomas is also active in the Church in Wales.


Personal history

Dafydd Elis-Thomas has lived most of his life in the Snowdonia National Park.


Professional background

As a former researcher and teacher in adult and higher education, he maintains close links with Bangor University as Chancellor, and with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai as Honorary President.


Political history

He was elected by his colleagues as ‘Llywydd’ or Presiding Officer of the National Assembly in 1999, 2003 and 2007, and has led improvements and reforms in the Assembly’s ways of working.


These include an accessible Petitions Committee, and new clear standing orders, and a ‘Vote 2011’ campaign to encourage registration especially among new younger voters. He also introduced a new law to ensure AM’s pay and staff conditions are decided by an independent Remuneration Board, and a strong Independent Commissioner for Standards for AMs to promote the best quality of public life.


During the Fourth Assembly (2011 – 2016), Dafydd was a member of the National Assembly’s Business and Enterprise Committee, and a member of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee.


In October 2016, Dafydd left Plaid Cymru and became an Independent Assembly Member.


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