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The Right Honourable
 The Lord Elis-Thomas 

Assumed office 
12 May 1999
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by New post

Assumed office 
6 May 1999
Majority 8,868 (40.1%)

Member of Parliament
for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Meirionnydd (Feb. 1974-1983)
In office
28 February 1974 – 9 April 1992
Preceded by William Edwards
Succeeded by Elfyn Llwyd

Born 18 October 1946 (1946-10-18) (age 63)
Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Political party None
Other political
Plaid Cymru (until 1999)
Spouse(s) Mair Parry Jones

Dafydd Elis Elis-Thomas, Baron Elis-Thomas, PC, AM, (born 18 October 1946) is a Welsh politician and current Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales. He is a member of the House of Lords, a former leader of Plaid Cymru and was made a privy counsellor in 2004.



He was born in the Priory Hospital in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire and brought up in the Llandysul area of Ceredigion, and, later, in Llanrwst in the Conwy Valley.

In 1970 he married Elen M. Williams and had three sons. The marriage was later dissolved, and from the mid-1980s until 1992 his partner was Marjorie Thompson, the chairwoman of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). In 1993 he married Mair Parry Jones, who is head of the translation department at the National Assembly. He currently lives in Llandaf in Cardiff (when working at the National Assembly) and Betws-y-Coed (in his constituency).

Professional career

He was the chairman of the Welsh Language Board between 1994 and 1999, and is a former member of the Arts Council of Wales and the British Film Institute where he was Chairman of Screen between 1992 and 1999. He was also a director and vice-chairman of Cynefin Environmental Ltd. between 1992 and 1999. A former university lecturer, he has also been the president of Bangor University since 2000, as well as currently being a member of the governing body of the Church in Wales.

Political career


UK Parliament

Dafydd Elis-Thomas

Having served as Member of Parliament for the Meirionnydd Westmister constituency between 1974 and 1983, initially as the "Baby of the House", and the Meirionnydd Nant Conwy Westminster constituency since 1983, he was made a life peer in 1992, and changed his surname from Thomas to Elis-Thomas by deed poll, enabling him to take the title Baron Elis-Thomas, of Nant Conwy in the County of Gwynedd.[1]

National Assembly for Wales

As of 2007, Elis-Thomas is also a member and the Presiding Officer (i.e. speaker, ambassador and signer of legislation) of the National Assembly for Wales, where he represented the Meirionnydd Nant Conwy Assembly constituency from 1999 until the 2007 election, and then the Dwyfor Meirionnydd constituency. He has held the position of Presiding Officer since the Assembly's inception in 1999. Making an announcement at a Senedd reception, he accepted the position of honorary president of anti-fascist organisation Searchlight Cymru.


  1. ^ UK Parliament - Alphebetical List of Members

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Offices held

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Edwards
Member of Parliament for Meirionnydd
Constituency renamed
New constituency Member of Parliament for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Succeeded by
Elfyn Llwyd
Preceded by
Bernadette Devlin
Baby of the House
Succeeded by
Hélène Hayman
National Assembly for Wales
New constituency Assembly Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Constituency abolished
New constituency Assembly Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd
First Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales
1999 – present
First Assembly Commission
2007 – present
Political offices
Preceded by
Dafydd Wigley
President of Plaid Cymru
Succeeded by
Dafydd Wigley


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