Hywel Williams

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Hywel Williams
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Member of Parliament
for Arfon
Caernarfon (2001–2010)
In office
7 June 2001 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byDafydd Wigley
Succeeded byElection in progress
Majority92 (0.3%)
Personal details
Born (1953-05-14) 14 May 1953 (age 66)
Pwllheli, Caernarfonshire, Wales
Political partyPlaid Cymru
Alma materUniversity of Wales, Cardiff

Hywel Williams (born 14 May 1953)[citation needed] is a Welsh politician and Plaid Cymru candidate for Arfon. He previously represented Caernarfon.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Pwllheli in 1953,[1] and received his education at Ysgol Troed yr Allt, Pwllheli Grammar School and then Ysgol Glan y Môr.[2]

He studied Psychology at the University of Wales, Cardiff before qualifying as a social worker at the University of Wales, Bangor in 1977/78. He was a mental health social worker in the Dwyfor area before joining the Centre for Social Work Practice at the University of Wales, Bangor in 1985.

He was a project worker at the Centre, specialising in developing practice through the medium of Welsh, developing a host of short courses available in Welsh for the first time, as well as producing and editing numerous books and training packages with his colleagues, including the first ever social work vocabulary in Welsh. He was appointed Head of the Centre in 1993.

In 1995, Williams left to work as a freelance lecturer, consultant and writer in the fields of social policy, social work, and social care, working primarily through the medium of Welsh. For the next six years, he worked for a variety of universities and colleges in Wales and abroad, as well as working for public bodies, charities, private companies and local and central government, including spending time as an adviser to the House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee.

Williams has been a member of numerous professional bodies in relation to social work and training, and was also spokesman for the Child Poverty Action Group in Wales.

Political career[edit]

He was elected to represent the Caernarfon constituency in the 2001 general election,[2] following Dafydd Wigley's retirement, and again in 2005, with a significantly increased majority. In 2010, he won the new Arfon seat, which, following boundary changes, was at that time considered a Labour seat in Westminster terms. He was re-elected as Plaid Cymru MP for the Arfon constituency in May 2015 with an increased majority. His majority was cut to just 92 at the 2017 election. He was a member of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee between 2004 and 2010 and joined the Science and Technology Select Committee and the House Works of Art Committee in 2012.

In 2005 he joined the Panel of Chairs. This role involves chairing backbench debates, standing committees on legislation, committees on secondary legislation and from time to time, meetings of the whole House as a Committee in the main chamber.

His parliamentary responsibilities within Plaid Cymru are work and pensions, defence, international development and culture.

In March 2019, he voted for an amendment tabled by members of The Independent Group calling for a second public vote on EU membership.[3]


  1. ^ "Members of Parliament". Plaid Cymru. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Hywel Williams". Debrett's People of Today. Debretts. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014.
  3. ^ Mosalski, Ruth. "Brexit latest: The Welsh MPs who voted for a second referendum". Wales Online.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dafydd Wigley
Member of Parliament for Caernarfon
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Arfon
Succeeded by
Election in progress