Paul Davies (politician)

Paul Windsor Davies (born 1969) is a Welsh politician serving as Leader of the Welsh Conservative Party since 6 September 2018, and Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Preseli Pembrokeshire since 3 May 2007. He gained the seat from Labour and was re-elected in May 2011,[1] and again in May 2016.[2]

Paul Davies

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Leader of the Welsh Conservative Party
Assumed office
27 June 2018
Acting: 27 June 2018 - 6 September 2018
DeputySuzy Davies
LeaderTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byAndrew R. T. Davies
In office
6 May 2011 – 14 July 2011
LeaderDavid Cameron
Preceded byNick Bourne
Succeeded byAndrew R. T. Davies
Leader of the Opposition in the
National Assembly for Wales
Assumed office
27 June 2018
MonarchElizabeth II
First MinisterCarwyn Jones
Mark Drakeford
Preceded byAndrew RT Davies
Deputy Leader of the
Welsh Conservative Party
In office
14 July 2011 – 27 June 2018
LeaderAndrew R. T. Davies
Succeeded bySuzy Davies
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Preseli Pembrokeshire
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Preceded byTamsin Dunwoody
Majority2,175 (8%)
Personal details
Born1969 (age 50–51)
Political partyConservative


Davies grew up in Pontsian. He attended Tregroes Primary School and Llandysul Grammar School, obtaining A levels at Newcastle Emlyn Comprehensive School. Davies now lives in Blaenffos, north Pembrokeshire.[3][4]

Professional careerEdit

Davies worked for Lloyds TSB as a Business Manager based in Haverfordwest from 1987 until his election to the National Assembly.[3]

Political careerEdit

In February 2000, Davies was adopted as the Conservative Party candidate in the Ceredigion by-election; he came in third place in the results having improved the Conservative Party's vote. He then fought the seat in the 2001 general election. In the Welsh Assembly election of 2003, he fought Preseli Pembrokeshire where he increased the share of the vote from 23% to 30%, cutting the Labour Party's majority to 1,326.

Davies has also held office within the Conservative Party including chairman of Ceredigion Conservative Association and Deputy Chairman of Mid and West Wales Conservatives.

He was first elected to the Assembly in 2007. Until March 2009 he served as Shadow Minister for Culture, the Welsh Language and Sport. From March 2009 until the Assembly Election in 2011, Davies held the role of Shadow Minister for Education and the Welsh Language. After his re-election as Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire in May 2011, he briefly held the role of Interim Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group before being appointed as Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group, and Shadow Minister for Finance.

Davies was elected leader of the Welsh Conservatives in September 2018.[5]


  1. ^ BBC News Election 2011 special
  2. ^ "Assembly Election 2016: The full list of Welsh AMs". WalesOnline. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Paul Davies AM". Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  4. ^ "National Assembly for Wales: Paul Davies AM". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Paul Davies wins Welsh Tory assembly group leadership poll". BBC News. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.

External linksEdit

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Tamsin Dunwoody
Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire
Political offices
Preceded by
Shadow Minister for Finance
Succeeded by
Adam Price
Preceded by
Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly