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Wednesday, September 1, 1999 Published at 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK

UK: Wales: AMs

David Davies


Monmouth Constituency

Deputy Leader/Business Secretary, Welsh Conservative Party
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
July 27, 1970.
Place of Birth - London.

Bassaleg Comprehensive.

Previous Occupation(s)
British Steel Corporation 1988-89.
Youth Hostel Manager, USA.
Worked abroad (Australia) picking grapes and tobacco, working on roads for Water Board, being a `rickshaw' driver in a tourist resort 1989-91.
Burrow Heath Ltd (Forwarder and Tea Importers) 1991-.

Political Career
Contested Brigend 1997 General Election.
AM for the Constituency of Monmouth since May 6, 1999.
Deputy Leader/Business Secretary, Welsh Conservative Party 1999-.

David Davies has the distinction of being the only Tory to get a first-past-the-post seat in the Assembly elections. He was Tory health spokesman during the campaign. Rod Richards, whose campaign manager he had been, made him deputy leader and Tory group business manager.

When Rod Richards stood down temporarily to fight allegations of causing grievous bodily harm to a young woman, he nominated Mr Davies as his successor. But the other Tory AMs, believing that Mr Davies, then aged 29, was too inexperienced, chose Nick Bourne in his place.

In his August 25 reshuffle, Mr Bourne kept him on as chief whip, and also gave him the environment and transport portfolio.

Mr Davies, who had previously fought Bridgend at the General Election, won Monmouth, which has been traditional Conservative territory, with a narrow majority. The Assembly seat, largely rural, almost exactly coincides with the boundaries of Monmouthshire, whose population voted heavily against devolution in the referendum.

A prominent 'No' campaigner in Newport during the referendum, he works in his family's tea importing business.

His interests include health, education, transport, and ensuring a cost-effective assembly. He was a ward chairman in Newport West and Treasurer of the Welsh YCs.

An outspoken critic of policies to advance the Welsh language, he denounced what he called the threat of "creeping bilingualism" soon after his election to the assembly. However, he subsequently, and unexpectedly, signed up for the assembly's free Welsh lessons, quickly attaining sufficient fluency to do television interviews and to use Welsh in Assembly debates.

Enjoys running, surfing, chess and reading. Worked his way round the world 1989-91.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Monmouth Constituency
Davies, D. (Con) 12,950 40.85%
Short, C. (Lab) 10,238 32.29%
Lines, C. (LD) 4,639 14.63%
Hubbard, M. (PC) 1,964 6.20%
Carrington, A. (TFPW) 1,911 6.03%


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