Ann Clwyd

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Ann Clwyd

Welsh Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Cynon Valley since 1984 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1937.

Countries: Iraq (36%), United Kingdom (36%), (27%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Wales, Human rights, Tony Blair

Linked to: University of Wales, Bangor, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, The Queen's School, Chester, Council of Europe




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Ann Clwyd was born in 1937 add something


"'Ann Clwyd Roberts"' is a Welsh Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Cynon Valley since 1984 add something


She married Owen Dryhurst Roberts, a television director and producer, in 1963 add something


She worked as a journalist, working for the BBC as a studio manager and became Welsh correspondent for the "Guardian" and "Observer" newspapers during 1964-79 add something


She was the unsuccessful Labour candidate in Denbigh in 1970 and Gloucester in October 1974 add something


She was Vice-Chair of the Arts Council of Wales from 1975-79 add something


She was a Member of the Arts Council 1975-79, the Vice Chair of the Welsh Arts Council 1975-97 add something


She was on the Royal Commission on the NHS 1976-79 add something


From 1979 to 1984, Ann Clwyd was MEP for Mid and West Wales add something


She was elected to Parliament in a by-election in May 1984 following the death of Ioan Evans and became the first woman to sit for a Welsh valleys constituency add something


Clwyd chose the Female Genital Mutilation Bill By Ann Clwyd speaking about this bill, Female Circumcision was banned in 1985 add something


She served as Shadow Minister of Education and Women's Rights from 1987 but was sacked in 1988 for rebelling against the party whip on further spending on nuclear weapons add something


She returned as Shadow Secretary of State for Overseas Development from 1989 to 1992 and served as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales in 1992 and for National Heritage from 1992 to 1993 add something


She was admitted to the White Robe of the Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1991; is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Bangor, and the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education which awarded her a University of Wales honorary degree add something


She was the Opposition Spokesperson for Employment from 1993 to 1994 and for Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1995 when she was again sacked, along with Jim Cousins, for observing the Turkish invasion of Iraqi Kirkuk without permission add something


In 1994 she staged a sit-in down Tower Colliery mine in her constituency to protest at its closure add something


Clwyd was a Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party from 2001 until 2005, and was elected as Chair by 167 to 156 on 24 May 2005 add something


Having been prominent in her concern for the situation in Iraq before the war there in 2003, Tony Blair made her a Special Envoy on Human Rights in Iraq in the run-up to the War. She was the first journalist to put forward claims that some Iraqis were killed in plastic shredders add something


On 9 August 2004, she became a member of the Privy Council add something


However on 5 December 2006 she was defeated by Lloyd by 11 votes when she sought re-election, with her closeness to Tony Blair being cited as a reason for her defeat add something


Human rights - At the Chilcot Inquiry in February 2010, Clwyd explained why she supported the Iraq War. A month before the invasion, she had been on a visit to Kurdistan collecting evidence re human rights abuses add something


Invasion of Iraq - A prominent support of the Invasion of Iraq, in February 2014 Clwyd announced that she is to stand down at the 2015 UK General Election add something


In February 2014, after informing part leader Ed Miliband and revealing her decision at the monthly meeting of the Cynon Valley Labour Party, Clwyd announced that she is to stand down at the 2015 UK General Election add something


On 13 December 2014, she was reselected from an all-women shortlist as the Labour Party candidate in Cynon Valley for the 2015 General Election add something


She was re-elected at the 2015 general election despite previously announcing that she intended to retire add something


Clwyd was one of 13 MPs to vote against triggering the 2017 General Election add something


Irene Ward - Member of parliament - Aged 79 at her retirement, Ward was at that time the oldest-ever serving female Member of Parliament and the oldest-ever woman to be re-elected, records not broken until Ann Clwyd achieved both in 2017


In the series of Parliamentary votes on Brexit in March 2019, Clwyd voted against the Labour Party whip and in favour of an amendment tabled by members of The Independent Group for a second public vote add something