Gareth Davies (Welsh politician)

Gareth Davies (born 17 September 1988) is a Welsh Conservative politician who has been Member of the Senedd (MS) for Vale of Clwyd since 2021. He is the first Conservative to hold this seat since its establishment in 1999.[1][2]

Gareth Davies
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Member of the Senedd
for Vale of Clwyd
Assumed office
7 May 2021
Preceded byAnn Jones
Majority366
Personal details
Born17 September 1988
St Asaph, Wales
NationalityWelsh
Political partyConservative
Children1
ResidencePrestatyn
EducationRydal Penrhos, Colwyn Bay
OccupationPolitician
CommitteesWelsh Parliament Health and Social Care Committee
PortfolioShadow Minister for Social Services
Websitehttps://www.garethdavies.wales/

Early lifeEdit

He has resided in the Vale of Clwyd all his life. He was born and grew up in St Asaph, before moving to Rhyl. He attended Rydal Penrhos School. He now resides in Prestatyn with his wife and young son. Prior to his election to the Welsh Parliament he worked for the NHS as a frontline worker in mental health and physiotherapy.

Political CareerEdit

In 2017[3] he was elected to Denbighshire County Council representing the Prestatyn South West ward. He also serves the Prestatyn South West ward on Prestatyn Town Council.[4] He was elected to the Welsh Parliament, known as the Senedd, to represent the Vale of Clwyd constituency on 7th May 2021.[1][2] He is the first Welsh Conservative to hold the seat since its establishment in 1999. In May 2021, he was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Social Services and elected to the Senedd's Health and Social Care Committee.

In the newsEdit

On the 30th June 2021 Gareth Davies delivered the first Members Legislative proposal of the 6th Senedd.[5] He proposed new legislation which would ensure a rights-based approach to services for older people in Wales. His proposal won the backing of Senedd Members,[6] despite opposition from Welsh Government.

In October 2021, there was a vote in the Senedd for the introduction of vaccine passports in Wales. Mr. Davies missed the chance to vote in-person as he was at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, and so attempted to cast his vote against the measure via Zoom.[7] He was unable to do so,[8] and the motion passed by a single vote, 28 votes to 27.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Welsh election results 2021: Labour edges closer to victory". BBC News. 7 May 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b Mosalski, Ruth (8 May 2021). "Senedd election 2021 result in the Vale of Clwyd: Conservatives take seat from Labour". WalesOnline. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  3. ^ Council, Denbighshire County (2013-04-01). "Denbighshire County Council". moderngov.denbighshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  4. ^ "Councillors Prestatyn". Prestatyn Town Council. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  5. ^ "Vale of Clwyd MS, Gareth Davies secures support for older people's bill | AberdareOnline". www.aberdareonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  6. ^ "Plenary 30/06/2021". Welsh Parliament. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  7. ^ Howie, Michael (6 October 2021). "Gareth Davies: Tory who missed crucial Wales Covid pass vote was at party conference". Evening Standard.
  8. ^ Owen, Twm (5 October 2021). "Tory Gareth Davies couldn't vote against Covid pass via Zoom". The National Wales. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  9. ^ Finnis, Alex (6 October 2021). "How to get a vaccine passport in Wales: Where to get the Welsh Covid pass and the new rules explained". i. Retrieved 11 October 2021.

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Offices heldEdit

Senedd
Preceded by Member of the Senedd for Vale of Clwyd
2021 – present
Incumbent