Investors in Cats
Welsh Icons - Politicians
Rod Richards

Welsh Icons
About Wales

and all things Welsh

 Click here to Vote Now




Rod Richards
Rod (Roderick) Richards (born Llanelli 12 March 1947) was the Conservative Member of Parliament for North West Clwyd, in Wales, from 1992 to 1997, when he lost his seat in the Labour Party landslide. He was also the Conservative leader in the Welsh Assembly in 1999, after being elected as an Assembly Member for North Wales.

Welsh speaking, Mr Richards was educated at Llandovery College and Swansea University. He first rose to public prominence in the 1980s as a Welsh-language newsreader for BBC Wales. Before that, he had spent some time in the Royal Marines including serving in Northern Ireland, served on the intelligence staff of the Ministry of Defence, and as a former economic forecaster.

He first tried to enter parliament at the 1987 general election, when he stood unsuccessfully for the Carmarthen seat. He was unsuccessful again two years later at a by-election for the Vale of Glamorgan, but at the 1992 general election he was elected as MP for the former parliamentary seat of Clwyd North West. During John Major's government he was appointed Welsh Office junior minister in 1996, but was forced to resign when revelations about his private life appeared in a Sunday tabloid newspaper.

Although defeated in his constituency seat during the first Welsh Assembly elections in 1999, he was elected to the new body as lead candidate on the Conservatives' regional top-up list. He was appointed the Conservtive party leader in the Welsh Assembly defeating Nick Bourne, who was then widely regarded as William Hague's first choice for the job (and eventually went on to become leader), but stood down after he was accused of assaulting a young woman. He was cleared of assault in June 2000.

Rod Richards had the party whip withdrawn from him following his decision to abstain rather than vote with his fellow Conservatives against the Assembly's budget at the end of 1999. He continued to sit in the Assembly, as an 'Independent Conservative' until 2002 when he resigned as an Assembly Member (AM), saying he was leaving the assembly immediately in the interests of his health.

At the High Court in London in February 2003, Rod Richards was declared bankrupt with debts estimated at more than 300,000.

On 30 April 2006 he entered the debate regarding John Prescott's marital affair. Speaking on a Radio Five Live phone in, Richards described how after his own affair in 1996, Prescott had acted in an 'ungentlemanly' fashion, both in public and in private


    Comment Script
    Post this page to: Yahoo! MyWeb Digg reddit Furl Blinklist Spurl


    E-mail (Will not appear online)
    ;-) :-) :-D :-( :-o >-( B-) :oops: :-[] :-P
    [Home] [Food & Drink] [Symbols] [Sport] [Products] [Places] [Buildings] [Artists] [Entertainers] [Events] [Famous Welsh] [Journalists] [Musicians] [Politicians] [Songs] [Writers] [Welsh Info] [About Us] [Vox Pop] [Contact Us] [Forums] [Our Sponsors] [Welsh Produce]

    All copyrights acknowledged with thanks to Wikipedia. Another site by 3Cat Design 2006-2008
    Whilst we try to give accurate information, we accept no liability for loss or incorrect information listed on this site or from material embedded on this site from external sources such as YouTube.
    If you do spot a mistake, please let us know.
    Email: [email protected]




    Bold Red
    Internal Link
    External Link

     Admission Charges
     B&B's/Guesthouses Campsites/Carvans
     Credit Cards
     Disabled Facilities
     Farmers Markets
     Historic Houses
     Opening Hours
     Telephone No.
     Tourist Information
     Web Address
     Welsh Produce
     Youth Hostels
    llustration(s) or photograph(s) viewable Illustration(s) or

    This Month

    July 5th

    Philip Madoc (actor) born 1934 in Merthyr Tydfil

    July 12th

    Gareth Edwards
    (rugby player) Born 12 July 1947 in

    July 13th

    Ian Hislop (Editor of Private Eye) born 1960 Nr. Swansea

    July 26th

    Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson (athlete) DBE born 1969 in Cardiff