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Dafydd Elis-Thomas MS

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Title: Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism

Party: Independent

Constituency: Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Contact information

Office Address: 
7 Bank Place
LL49 9AA

Phone:  01766 515028

Senedd Address: 
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Phone:  0300 200 7175


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Welsh Government First Point of Contact Centre :  0300 0604400

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Terms of Office

  • 07/05/1999 - 30/04/2003
  • 02/05/2003 - 02/05/2007
  • 04/05/2007 - 31/03/2011
  • 06/05/2011 - 05/04/2016
  • 06/05/2016 -

Additional Information

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism

The contact details provided are for Dafydd Elis-Thomas in his role as an Assembly Member, and should be used if you wish to contact him in this role. If you wish to contact Dafydd Elis-Thomas in his entirely separate role as a Minister in the Welsh Government please use the Ministerial contact details on the Welsh Government’s website:


Key interests and achievements

Dafydd Elis-Thomas enjoys the recreations of hill walking and jogging from the family cottage near Betws y Coed. Dafydd Elis-Thomas is also active in the Church in Wales.


Personal history

Dafydd Elis-Thomas has lived most of his life in the Snowdonia National Park.


Professional background

He is a former researcher and teacher in adult and higher education.


Political history

He was elected by his colleagues as ‘Llywydd’ or Presiding Officer of the National Assembly in 1999, 2003 and 2007, and has led improvements and reforms in the Assembly’s ways of working.


These include an accessible Petitions Committee, and new clear standing orders, and a ‘Vote 2011’ campaign to encourage registration especially among new younger voters. He also introduced a new law to ensure AM’s pay and staff conditions are decided by an independent Remuneration Board, and a strong Independent Commissioner for Standards for AMs to promote the best quality of public life.


During the Fourth Assembly (2011 – 2016), Dafydd was a member of the National Assembly’s Business and Enterprise Committee, and a member of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee.


Chair, Environment and Sustainability Committee (June 2011 - March 2014)


Chair, Future Landscapes Wales Working Group (October 2015 - December 2017)


In October 2016, Dafydd left Plaid Cymru and became an Independent Assembly Member.


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