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

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Cynog Dafis

Plaid Cymru

Mid and West Wales Region

Plaid Cymru Policy Co-ordinator
Personal Details
Date of Birth -
April 1, 1938.
Place of Birth - Swansea.
Married - January 1, 1962, Llinos Iorwerth, daughter of Iorwerth and Eluned Jones (2 sons 1 daughter).

Aberaeron Primary.
County Secondary School.
Neath Boys' Grammar School.
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Previous Occupation(s)
Teacher of English and Welsh, Pontardawe College of Further Education 1960-62.
Head of English, Newcastle Emlyn Secondary Modern School, Dyfed 1962-80.
Teacher of English, Aberaeron Comprehensive 1980-84.
Head of English, Dyffryn Teifi Comprehensive School, Llandysul, Dyfed 1984-91.
Research Officer, Department of Adult Continuing Education, University College, Swansea 1991-92.

Political Career
MP for Ceredigion and Pembroke North 1992-97, and for Ceredigion 1997-2000. AM for Mid and West Wales Region since May 6, 1999.
Plaid Cymru Policy Co-ordinator 1999-.
Spokesman, Post-16 Education and Training 2000-.

Cynog Dafis, one of the senior figures in Plaid Cymru, gained the fourth of the list or top-up seats in Mid and West Wales.

He was elected MP for Ceredigion in 1992 on the biggest single swing of that General Election, when Plaid came from fourth position in the previous poll election to take the seat.

He is a former local school teacher and researcher in the Education Department of the University of Wales, Swansea.

He holds a master's degree in education and is a keen political campaigner on issues such as environment, agriculture, the Welsh language and rural affairs.

Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Post-16 Education and Training. He is policy co-ordinator in the PC Shadow cabinet and is also responsible for Post-16 Education and Training. Has been Plaid spokesman on Education.

He won a top-up seat as number two on PC’s regional list for Mid and West Wales.

One of the senior figures in Plaid Cymru, he has been an MP since 1992 at Westminster, where he has served on the Welsh Affairs Select Committee and the Education Select Committee. He is a teacher of English with a strong Green tinge, voted Best Newcomer in 1993 by Green magazine. Also a member of the recently-formed Environmental Audit Committee. Earnest, cultivated, serious-minded, and a strong supporter of Welsh culture and language.

He has decided to stand down as an MP in order to concentrate on his Assembly work, a decision which put pressure on his two fellow dual-mandate Plaid MPs.

He has shown solidarity in the past with the Kurds and the people of East Timor.

In the Register declares 32 acres of agricultural land. Has said he will not take his second, Assembly, salary.

Welsh Assembly Election of May 6, 1999
Mid and West Wales Region
Party Votes % AMs elected
PC 84,554 20.87% 1
Lab 53,842 13.29% 1
Con 36,622 9.04% 2
LD 31,683 7.82% 0
Green 4,872 1.20% 0
Soc Lab 1,851 0.46% 0
NLP 417 0.10% 0

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