DENZIL Davies the former MP for Llanelli has passed away at the age of 80.
Mr Davies was MP for Llanelli from 1970 to 2005 and was a member of the Privy Council. He was succeeded by Nia Griffith MP.
The former MP gave an interview to Llanelli Online recently and was extremely modest in his own summary of his career which spanned almost four decades.
The former MP hailed from Cynwyl Elfed in Carmarthenshire and latterly resided at the Links in Burry Port with his wife, the author Anne Carlton.
Mr Davies was Minister of State at the Treasury during the James Callaghan years as Prime Minister in the 1970’s. During his career as a politician he was also Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales.
One of the first to pay tribute to Mr Davies was Lee Waters AM. Speaking to Llanelli Online he said:
“Denzil was a brilliant man who made a big contribution. He served the Llanelli constituency from 1970 until 2005, and was a significant figure in UK politics. He was a Treasury Minister in the Callaghan Government and played a key role in setting up the WDA. Had Labour not been in opposition for the whole of the 80s he’d have been a major Cabinet Minister.
“On a personal level he was my MP as I grew up, and he was the first person I interviewed as a budding journalist for my school newspaper. He opened our constituency office last year and dedicated it in memory of Jim Griffiths, his predecessor. Despite being in his 80s he was in sparkling form; I last saw him just a few weeks ago at a dinner in Llanelli supporting young talent”
Speaking about her sadness on hearing the news of the death of her predecessor Nia Griffith MP said:
“I am very sorry to hear the sad news that my predecessor, the Rt Hon Denzil Davies has passed away. Denzil was a fine parliamentarian, combining his keen intellect with his great talent for speaking, and his command of the Chamber in the House of Commons earned him the respect of MPs from all parties.
“He served the Llanelli Constituency with distinction and commitment for 35 years. On a personal level he was modest about his great ability and took time to engage in discussion with people.
“I am very grateful to him for the help and advice he gave me when I was a new MP. He will be sorely missed.”
Denzil Davies’ passing is a tragic loss for Wales, Llanelli and the whole Labour movement. A man of principle and intelligence, he will be remembered fondly by all whose lives he touched.
First Minister Carwyn Jones AM
Former MP for Carmarthen Gwynoro Jones paid tribute to Denzil Davies saying: “Just heard about the passing of DenzilDavies. So sad and such a shock. Was in touch with him recently over the #CofioJim campaign. What Huw (Edwards) says about Denzil’s intellect is so right. The ablest of Welsh MPs. Diwedd! Dim rhagor gallaf ddweud ar y foment. Mor drist.”