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Mark Williams, MP for Ceredigion
Mark Williams, MP for Ceredigion

Mark Williams (born March 24, 1966) is a British politician and the Member of Parliament for the Ceredigion constituency, a seat he gained from Plaid Cymru in 2005. He is a member of the Liberal Democrat party. He sits on the Welsh Select Affairs Committee, and in 2006 he became a Shadow Minister for Wales by Menzies Campbell Image File history File links Download high resolution version (461x614, 125 KB)Mark Williams (politician) This work is a copyrighted publicity photograph. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (461x614, 125 KB)Mark Williams (politician) This work is a copyrighted publicity photograph. ... Ceredigion is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... March 24 is the 83rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (84th in Leap years). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... The politics of the United Kingdom are based upon a unitary state and a constitutional monarchy. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to a parliament; in the Westminster system, specifically to the lower house. ... Ceredigion is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Plaid, in full Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... Rt. ...


Mark Williams is a graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University of Plymouth, and was Deputy Headteacher of a school in Llangorse near Brecon before becoming an MP. University of Wales, Aberystwyth   The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, a Member Institution of the federal University of Wales, was the first university institution to be established in Wales. ... One of the University of Plymouths newly renovated buildings in the City of Plymouth with the university logo on it The University of Plymouth is the largest university in the southwest of England, with over 30,000 students (the 4th UK university regarding the highest numbers of students), almost... Brecon is a historic market town in mid Wales, with a population of roughly 8,000 with around 6,000 in the surrounding area. ...

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Early life

Mark Williams was born in Hertfordshire on March 24th 1966. His mother worked as a classroom assistant, and his father ran a successful printing business. He has two older sisters. He attended the local village primary school and then Richard Hale Secondary School, from where he moved on to Aberystwyth University in 1984 to study politics, but it was at school during the days of the SDP-Liberal Alliance that he become involved in Liberal politics: Hertfordshire (pronounced Hartfordshire and abbreviated as Herts) is an inland county in the United Kingdom, officially part of the East of England Government region. ... Richard Hale School is an all-boys school located in Hertford, Hertfordshire in the south east of England. ... The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, a Member Institution of the federal University of Wales, was the first university institution to be established in Wales. ... The SDP-Liberal Alliance was an electoral alliance of the Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party in the UK that ran from 1981 to 1988, when the bulk of the two parties merged to form the Social and Liberal Democrats, later referred to as simply the Liberal Democrats. ... Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of...

"I instinctively knew I wasn’t a Conservative, despite coming from a formally conservative family and the Labour Party was in perpetual decline."

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Political activism

Within a week of arriving in Aberystwyth, Williams became treasurer and secretary of the student group and had met local Liberal MP Geraint Howells. After graduating, he became a part-time researcher to the Liberal Peers in the House of Lords, but was determined to stay in Ceredigion and spent half the week and all Parliamentary holidays as assistant to Geraint Howells in Ceredigion until Howells lost Ceredigion in the 1992 General Election. Aberystwyth (from the Welsh Mouth of the Ystwyth) is a historic market town, and seaport of Ceredigion (Cardiganshire), Mid Wales. ... In many governments, a treasurer is the person responsible for running the treasury. ... Geraint Wyn Howells, Baron Geraint (April 15, 1925 - April 17, 2004) was a leading Welsh Liberal Democrat politician. ... A peer is a person of the same age, status, or ability as another specified person. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... For other uses please see Ceredigion (disambiguation) Ceredigion is a county in Wales. ... The UK general election, 1992 was held on April 9, 1992, and was the fourth victory in a row for the Conservatives. ...


He then returned to student life at the teacher training college in Exmouth, part of the University of Plymouth. After securing this qualification he taught in primary schools in Penzance and Barnstable before becoming a Deputy Head teacher in Llangors School in 2000. There are several places named Exmouth: Exmouth in Western Australia, Australia Exmouth in Devon, England This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... Map sources for Penzance at grid reference SW470303 Penzances old docks with Abbey Slip and St Marys Church behind Arms of Penzance Penzance is a port in Cornwall, UK, facing southeast onto the English Channel. ... Barnstable is a city located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts; it is the county seat of Barnstable County6. ...


In February 2000, after a spell as President of Ceredigion Liberal Democrats, Williams was selected to fight the Ceredigion seat in the by-election caused by the resignation of Cynog Davis. In that by-election the Liberals rose back into second place, and in the general election of 2001 consolidated that second, and were just 3,944 votes behind Plaid Cymru. In May 2005, 13 years after Geraint Howells had been defeated, the Liberal Democrats regained Ceredigion with Mark Williams as MP. President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, universities, and countries. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party in the United Kingdom. ... A by-election or bye-election is a special election held to fill a political office when the incumbent has died or resigned. ... Plaid, in full Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ...


Election results

General Election 2005: Ceredigion
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mark Williams 13,130 36.53 +9.66
Plaid Cymru Simon Thomas 12,911 35.92 -2.35
Conservative John Harrison 4,455 12.39 -7.05
Labour Alun Davies 4,337 12.06 -3.36
Green Dave Bradney 846 2.35 +2.35
Veritas Iain Sheldon 268 0.75 +0.75
Majority 219 0.61 -12.01
Turnout 35,947 67.2 +5.53
Liberal Democrats gain from Plaid Cymru Swing +6.0
General Election 2001: Ceredigion
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Simon Thomas 13,241 38.3 -3.4
Liberal Democrats Mark Williams 9,297 26.9 +10.4
Conservative Paul Davies 6,730 19.4 +4.6
Labour David Grace 5,338 15.4 -8.9
Majority 3,944 11.4
Turnout 34,606 61.7 -12.2
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Ceredigion by-election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Simon Thomas 10,716 42.8 +1.1
Liberal Democrats Mark Williams 5,768 23.0 +6.5
Conservative Paul Davies 4,138 16.5 +1.6
Labour Maria Battle 3,612 14.4 -9.9
UK Independence John Bufton 487 1.9 N/A
Independent Green John Davies 289 1.2 N/A
Independent Martin Shipton 55 0.2 N/A
Majority
Turnout 46.0
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

The United Kingdom general election of 2005 was held on Thursday, 5 May 2005 and won by the Labour Party, led by Tony Blair. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... Plaid, in full Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ... Simon Thomas (born 28 December 1963) is a Welsh politician. ... The Conservative Party is the largest political party on the right-of-centre in the United Kingdom. ... The Labour Party has since its formation in the early 20th century been the principal left wing political party of the United Kingdom (see British politics). ... The Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) is the principal Green political party in England and Wales. ... Veritas is a political party in the United Kingdom, formed in February 2005 by politician-celebrity Robert Kilroy-Silk following a split from the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... Plaid, in full Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ... Swing in a British political context is a mathematical calculation which allows the results of two constituencies to be compared. ... The UK general election, 2001 was held on 7 June 2001 and was dubbed the quiet landslide by the media. ... Plaid, in full Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ... Simon Thomas (born 28 December 1963) is a Welsh politician. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... The Conservative Party is the largest political party on the right-of-centre in the United Kingdom. ... The Labour Party has since its formation in the early 20th century been the principal left wing political party of the United Kingdom (see British politics). ... Plaid, in full Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ... Swing in a British political context is a mathematical calculation which allows the results of two constituencies to be compared. ... The Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, Cynog Dafis, was unexpectedly elected to the National Assembly for Wales in May 1999 and decided to give up his seat in the House of Commons in order to concentrate on his work in the Assembly. ... Plaid, in full Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ... Simon Thomas (born 28 December 1963) is a Welsh politician. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... The Conservative Party is the largest political party on the right-of-centre in the United Kingdom. ... The Labour Party has since its formation in the early 20th century been the principal left wing political party of the United Kingdom (see British politics). ... The United Kingdom Independence Party (commonly known as UKIP, pronounced you-kip) is a Eurosceptic political party that aims at British withdrawal from the European Union. ... Plaid, in full Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ... Swing in a British political context is a mathematical calculation which allows the results of two constituencies to be compared. ...

Family life

Mark Williams and his wife Helen have four children, Eleanor, Anna, and twins Eliza and Oliver who were born December 23rd 2005. Both Mark and Helen Williams are confirmed members of the Church of England, and their children have been christened into the church. The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England, and acts as the mother and senior branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, as well as a founding member of the Porvoo Communion. ...


External links

  • Mark Williams MP official site
  • Mark Williams MP profile at the site of Liberal Democrats
  • Mark Williams MP profile at the site of Welsh Liberal Democrats
  • Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Mark Williams MP
  • TheyWorkForYou.com - Mark Williams MP
  • The Public Whip - Mark Williams MP voting record
  • [1] BBC News Lib Dems win Ceredigion
Preceded by:
Simon Thomas
MP for Ceredigion
2005–present
Incumbent

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