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Thursday, 17 October, 2002, 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK
Dai Havard
Dai Havard

Date of birth

7 August 1950

Political profile

Dai Havard came to Westminster in 2001 from the crucible of the Welsh trade union movement.

He had a long career as an official at the forefront of union politics, culminating in the position of Secretary of the Welsh section of the MSF.

Mr Havard claims that, coming from the radical Welsh tradition, he is "independent enough to fight a corner when needs be".

He showed this readiness not to bow to the Labour leadership when the MSF was one of the unions which insisted on balloting its members in the Welsh leadership contest, rather than delivering a block vote decided by officials.

Since his election, he has stuck to his independent line, voting against the government's proposals for foundation hospitals and top-up fees.

He has also taken a keen interest in the government's military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, the latter of which he opposed.

Mr Havard is a member of the Commons Defence select committee.

Contact

Commons office: 020 7219 8255
Constituency office: 01685 383613

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