Rhodri Glyn Thomas
Rhodri Glyn Thomas (born 11 April 1953) is a Welsh politician. He was the Plaid Cymru National Assembly for Wales Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr from 1999 to 2016, when he did not re-stand for election. Following his retirement from the Assembly he was appointed President of the National Library of Wales.
Rhodri Glyn Thomas
|Minister for Heritage|
11 July 2007 – 18 July 2008
|First Minister||Rhodri Morgan|
|Preceded by||New office|
|Succeeded by||Alun Ffred Jones|
|Member of the Welsh Assembly|
for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
6 May 1999 – 4 April 2016
|Preceded by||New Assembly|
|Succeeded by||Adam Price|
|Born||11 April 1953|
|Political party||Plaid Cymru|
|Alma mater||University of Wales, Lampeter, Bangor University, Aberystwyth University|
Thomas was born in Wrexham, Denbighshire. He attended Ysgol Bodhyfryd, Wrexham, and then Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham before leaving for the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1975 to study for a degree in Welsh. After graduating in 1978, he studied for a BD degree in Theology at the University of Wales, Bangor and Bala-Bangor Theological Seminary under R. Tudur Jones. In 1991 he studied for a MTh degree at the University of Wales, Lampeter, reading American Theology although the final thesis he submitted was on the Union of Welsh Independents (Undeb yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg) role in the struggle to revive the Welsh Language in the 20th century.
Thomas is a Minister of Religion, the director of a language consultancy, a former Chair of CND Cymru and Welsh spokesperson for the Forum of Private Business.
In 1992, Thomas fought the old Carmarthen constituency in the General Election for Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales. In the 1997 General Election he stood for Plaid Cymru in Carmarthen East & Dinefwr. In 1999 he fought the same constituency in the National Assembly Elections, winning by 6,980 votes. He was reelected in 2007 with an increased majority of over 8,000 making it the Assembly's second safest seat. Plaid Cymru entered into a coalition government with Welsh Labour in July 2007, and Rhodri Glyn Thomas was appointed as Minister for Heritage (19 July 2007), which he resigned from in 2008, over a gaffe.
In December 2016 Thomas announced that he would stand as a candidate for election to Carmarthenshire County Council, contesting the St Clears ward. However, he was heavily defeated at the election by the sitting Independent councillor.
Wales Book Of The Year ControversyEdit
There was controversy at the Academi 2008 Wales Book of the Year ceremony when Thomas incorrectly announced that Tom Bullough was the winner. The prize was, in fact, awarded to Dannie Abse, Thomas having read the card wrongly.
In July 2008 Thomas is reported to have walked into a Cardiff pub with a lit cigar, thus breaking the law. Following this he has resigned his job from the Welsh Cabinet.
- "Heritage Minister Rhodri Glyn Thomas quits". walesonline.co.uk. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- "Rhodri Glyn Thomas in council political comeback bid". BBC News. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- "Cigar blunder minister quits job". bbc.co.uk. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
-  ICWales article on the 2008 Welsh Book Of The Year