Hywel Williams MP
I was born in Pwllheli in 1953, and received my education at Ysgol Troed yr Allt, Pwllheli Grammar School and then Ysgol Glan y Môr.
I was elected to represent the Caernarfon constituency in the 2001 General Election, following Dafydd Wigley’s retirement, and again in 2005, with a significantly increased majority. In 2010, I won the new Arfon seat, which, following boundary changes was at that time considered a Labour seat in Westminster terms. By 2015 I had doubled my majority. In 2015 I became Plaid Cymru’s Leader in Westminster following the retirement of Elfyn Llwyd. I was re-elected at the 2017 General Election.
My main political interests are social policy, work and pensions (in particular securing the rights of my constituents), health, language and the arts. I was a member of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee between 2004 and 2010 and the Science and Technology Select Committee between 2012 and 2014.
Between 2005 and 2015 I was on the Speakers Panel of Chairs. The role involved chairing backbench debates, standing committees on legislation, committees on secondary legislation and from time to time, meetings of the whole House in the main chamber.
I’m Plaid Cymru’s Spokesperson on; Work and Pensions, Brexit, International Development, Defence, Foreign Affairs and Culture, Media and Sport and Chair of the APPG on Catalonia.