Gwilym Lloyd George, 1st Viscount Tenby

Gwilym Lloyd George, 1st Viscount Tenby

Major Gwilym Lloyd George, 1st Viscount Tenby, (4 December 1894 – 14 February 1967), was a politician and cabinet minister in the United Kingdom.


The second son of Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd George and his wife, Margaret, he was born at Criccieth in north Wales. Educated at Eastbourne College and Jesus College, Cambridge, he was commissioned into the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1914. In 1915 he became Aide de Camp to Major-General Ivor Phillips, commander of the 38th (Welsh) Division. He transferred to the Anti-Aircraft branch of the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1916 and rose to the rank of Major, being known for most of his political career as Major Lloyd George.

Lloyd George was Liberal MP for Pembrokeshire from 1922 to 1924 and again from 1929 to 1950 (though by the late 1940s he was in effect an Independent Liberal in alliance with the Conservatives). From 1951 to 1957 he was Liberal and Conservative MP (see National Liberal ) for Newcastle upon Tyne North. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade in 1931 and again from 1939 to 1941, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food 1941–1942. He was Minister of Fuel and Power 1942–1945, Minister of Food 1951–1954, and Home Secretary and Minister for Welsh Affairs from 1954 until his retirement in 1957, when he was raised to the peerage as the 1st Viscount Tenby.

Gwilym Lloyd George married Edna Gwenfron Jones in 1921. They had two children: David Lloyd George, the 2nd Viscount (1922–1983), and William Lloyd George, the 3rd Viscount (born in 1927). Lloyd George's sister Megan was also active in politics, but the two moved in opposite political directions - Gwilym to the right, towards the Conservatives, and Megan to the left, eventually joining the Labour Party.

He opened the Wellington Police Station, Wellington, Shropshire on 10th October 1955.He established Cardiff, Glamorgan as the official capital of Wales in the same year.

Further reading

*Sweeting, Andrew. entry in "Dictionary of Liberal Biography" Brack et al (eds.) Politico's Publishing, 1998
* "A breach in the family: the defection from the Liberal Party of Megan and Gwilym Lloyd George" by J Graham Jones

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