Dafydd Elis-Thomas

Dafydd Elis-Thomas
The Right Honourable
The Lord Elis-Thomas
Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales
In office
12 May 1999 – 11 May 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by New post
Succeeded by Rosemary Butler
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (1999-2007)
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
Personal details
Born 18 October 1946 (1946-10-18) (age 65)
Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Political party Plaid Cymru
Spouse(s) Mair Parry Jones

Dafydd Elis Elis-Thomas, Baron Elis-Thomas, PC, AM, (born 18 October 1946) is a Welsh politician and was the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales until 2011. He is a member of the House of Lords, a former leader of Plaid Cymru, and, since 2004, a privy counsellor.



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

In 1970, he married Elen M. Williams and had three sons. They later divorced, 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 Llandaff in Cardiff (when working at the National Assembly) and Betws-y-Coed (in the Aberconwy 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

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.

National Assembly for Wales

As of 2011, Elis-Thomas is also a member 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 also held the position of Presiding Officer since the Assembly's inception in 1999 until 2011. Making an announcement at a Senedd reception, he accepted the position of honorary president of anti-fascist organisation Searchlight Cymru.


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
Preceded by
Position Created
Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales
Succeeded by
Rosemary Butler
First Assembly Commission
2007 – present
Political offices
Preceded by
Dafydd Wigley
President of Plaid Cymru
Succeeded by
Dafydd Wigley

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