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Wayne David
Wayne David (born July 1, 1957) is a British politician. He is the Labour Member of Parliament for Caerphilly.

He was born in Bridgend, the son of a teacher and grandson of a coal miner. He attended Cynffig Comprehensive School before attending University College, Cardiff, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Welsh History in 1979. After studying Economic History at University College, Swansea, he returned to Cardiff and qualified as a teacher in 1983 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. He was awarded the Charles Morgan Prize for Welsh history in 1979.

David taught history at the Brynteg Comprehensive School, Bridgend from 1983, but left in 1985 to begin a political career. He was elected as a councillor to the Cefn Cribw Community Council in 1985, and was its chairman in 1986-1987, before standing down in 1990. He became the chairman of War on Want Cymru in 1987, stepping aside in 1989.

Political career
European Parliament

He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for South Wales in 1989 and served in Europe until 1999. He was the treasurer of the European Parliamentary Labour Party from 1989 to 1991, becoming the leader in 1994 until he left European politics.

UK Parliament
David was elected to the Westminster Parliament at the 2001 general election for Labour's safe seat of Caerphilly, following the departure to the National Assembly of the former Secretary of State for Wales Ron Davies. David held a comfortable majority of 14,425, and easily retained the seat in the 2005 general election. He made his maiden speech on June 7, 2001, in which he called for a new hospital in his constituency.

In parliament, Wayne David has been a member of the European Scutiny Select Committee. In 2005 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence, Adam Ingram. He resigned from this position on September 6, 2006, due to the refusal by Tony Blair to name a date for stepping down as Prime Minister. He was joined by fellow Welsh MPs Ian Lucas and Mark Tami in resignation.

Elected representative on the Welsh Executive of the Labour Party from 1981 to 1982 and from 1986 to 1989. He has been a member of the United Nations Association's Cardiff branch since 1989, and was a member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee for four years from 1994. He has been married to Catherine Thomas since 1991.


  • Building on Maastricht: A Left Agenda for Europe by Wayne David, 1993, Tribune Group of Euro MPs
  • Going Forward in Europe by Wayne David, 1994
  • The Future of Europe: Problems and Issues for the Twenty-First Century by Wayne David, 1996, St Martin's Press ISBN 0-333-66600-3


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