Eurfyl ap Gwilym

Eurfyl ap Gwilym (born 14 November 1944) is a Welsh economist, deputy chairman of the Principality Building Society, and a Plaid Cymru politician.

Eurfyl ap Gwilym
Eufryl ap Gwilym, Senedd 2018 (cropped).jpg
Ap Gwilym, photographed in the Senedd in 2018
Chairman of Plaid Cymru[1]
In office
1977–1981
Director of Research for Plaid Cymru[2]
In office
1973–1977
Personal details
Born (1944-11-14) 14 November 1944 (age 78)
Wales
Political partyPlaid Cymru
Alma materKing's College London

He was born in Penparcau, Ceredigion and was educated at Ardwyn Grammar School followed by a BSc and PhD at King's College London.

Professional careerEdit

Ap Gwilym is a Deputy Chairman of the Principality Building Society, which is the largest mutual society in Wales.[3] He is also a director of Nemo Personal Finance Ltd[4] and Loan Link Ltd[5] and is the chair of the Principality Pension Trustees.[6] His other directorships include director of iSOFT Group plc from 19 May 2000 until 30 October 2007,[7] NCC Group plc[8] and Pure Wafer plc.[9]

Political careerEdit

Ap Gwilym has been a member of Plaid Cymru since 1963.

He is an economics adviser to the party and was one of their first prospective candidates for the House of Lords.[3] Plaid had dropped its opposition to sending members to the House of Lords in response to constitutional changes that give the second chamber the power to veto law-making proposals put forward by the National Assembly for Wales.[10]

He is a trustee of the Welsh think tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs,[11] and frequently writes for their ClickOnWales website.[12]

He was formerly the party chairman and serves to cost manifesto proposals each year.[13] He told the BBC in 2017 that the party would not strike a formal deal with the Conservative Party, but controversially has said that the party should consider co-operating with the Tories on particular topics if "we get something in return"[13]

For many years he has advocated a revision of the Barnett formula, which determines how much money Wales receives from HM Treasury. He has proposed alternatives to the current funding settlement and contributes to the Institute of Welsh Affairs on such topics, and argues that if a new formula based on need was introduced, Wales would be entitled to hundreds of millions of pounds extra a year.[14]

Ap Gwilym's public profile rose further after an interview with Jeremy Paxman on the BBC current affairs programme, Newsnight.[15] In the interview ap Gwilym challenged Paxman on a variety of economic figures, telling him to "do your homework" when those figures were not readily available. A recording of the interview received over 90,000 hits on YouTube within the first few days of release.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gooberman, Leon (1 February 2017). From Depression to Devolution: Economy and Government in Wales, 1934–2006. University of Wales Press. ISBN 9781783169597.
  2. ^ Gooberman, Leon (1 February 2017). From Depression to Devolution: Economy and Government in Wales, 1934–2006. University of Wales Press. ISBN 9781783169597.
  3. ^ a b Shipton, Martin (7 January 2008). "Eurfyl ap Gwilym is first Plaid candidate for peerage". walesonline. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Nemo Personal Finance Ltd – Company Profile and News – Bloomberg Markets". Bloomberg Markets. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Loan Link Ltd – Company Profile and News – Bloomberg Markets". Bloomberg Markets. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Principality Building Society Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2009" (PDF). Principality Building Society. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "ISOFT GROUP (UK) LIMITED – Companies House". Companies House. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "NCC Group Plc – Companies House". Companies House. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Pure Wafer plc – Companies House". Companies House. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "UK 'veto' on laws in bill 'an insult'". 15 December 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Trustees". IWA. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Eurfyl ap Gwilym Archives". Click on Wales. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Plaid 'would consider' Tory support". 12 June 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Reconciling funding and expenditure in Wales". Click on Wales. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  15. ^ Live, North Wales (27 April 2010). "Paxo gets a Welsh stuffing". northwales. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
Party political offices
Preceded by Chair of Plaid Cymru
1976–1980
Succeeded by