Paul Philip Flynn (born February 9, 1935) is a British politician. He is the Labour Member of Parliament for Newport West. Paul Flynn was born in Cardiff of Welsh/Irish parentage.
Educational and Professional Background
Flynn was educated at St. Illtyd's College, a Roman Catholic school in Cardiff, and at the University College, Cardiff. On leaving education in 1955 he worked as a chemist in the steel industry, where he remained until 1983.
After a year as a broadcaster on Gwent Community Radio, he became a researcher for the Member of the European Parliament Llew Smith in 1984 and remained as such until his election to Westminster.
Flynn was elected as a councillor on the Newport Borough Council in 1972-1981 and to the Gwent County Council 1974-1982. He unsuccessfully contested Denbigh at the October 1974 General Election where he was defeated by the Conservative, Geraint Morgan, by 4,551 votes. He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1987 General Election for Newport West defeating the Tory Mark Robinson, who had surprisingly won the seat at the 1983 General Election. Flynn defeated Robinson by 2,708 votes and has remained the MP since.
Flynn joined the front bench under Neil Kinnock in 1988 when he became a spokesman on health and social security and for social security in 1989. He resigned from the front bench in 1990 and has remained on the back benches since. He joined the transport select committee in 1990 until after the 1997 General Election when he joined the Welsh Affairs select committee for a year. He was a member of the environment audit select committee in 2003 until the 2005 General Election, since when he has been a member of the public administration committee.
Flynn speaks fluent Welsh, having received acccolades for his campaigning work. He was an early adopter of using CD-ROMs to access Hansard and in 2000 won the New Satesman New Media Award for his website and has and been voted the best website of all MPs on many other occasions. He has also written a book, Dragons Led By Poodles, about the devolution campaign in Wales in the 1990s. He has also called for the legalisation of cannabis.
He has been twice married, first to Anne Harvey in 1962 with whom he has a son and a deceased daughter, they divorced in 1984; he has been married to Samantha Morgan Cumpstone since 1985.
- Television in Wales by Paul Flynn, 1974
- Commons Knowledge: How to Be a Backbencher by Paul Flynn, 1997, Seren Books ISBN 1-85411-206-6
- Baglu 'Mlaen (Cyfres Y Cewri) by Paul Flynn, 1998, Cyhoeddiadau Mei ISBN 0-86074-147-8
- Dragons Led by Poodles: Inside Story of a New Labour Stitch Up by Paul Flynn, 1999, Politico's Publishing ISBN 1-902301-24-2