Thank you Alun Ffred Jones for your contribution to Dyffryn Nantlle, Gwynedd, Arfon and Plaid Cymru


In a special evening at Clwb Rygbi Caernarfon recently, Plaid Cymru members and supporters celebrated Arfon Assembly Member, Alun Ffred Jones’ 13 year contribution to the Welsh Assembly, and his continued support to Gwynedd and Welsh culture as a whole.

“I first visited Ffred and Alwen his wife to welcome them to Dyffryn Nantlle when they first moved here, and soon realised we were fortunate that they had settled here. They were both heavily involved in community activities,” explains O P Huws, Llanllyfni, former Gwynedd Councillor, and the person who approached Ffred to enter the political arena explained.

“It was plain to see that Ffred had the traits of a good leader as he was soon elected chairman of many of our committees, including the community council, Antur Nantlle and our local Plaid Cymru branch.

“Looking back, I’m delighted that I approached, him. His talents are people orientated, he is as comfortable representing his local community here at Dyffryn Nantlle as he is working with the high powered politicians of the Assembly. I feel proud that he has succeeded in achieving so much for Plaid Cymru, the people of Dyffryn Nantlle and Gwynedd,” said O P Huws.

Born in Brynaman, Carmarthenshire, Alun Ffred Jones was educated at the University of Wales, Bangor, before beginning his career in the teaching profession and moving into a distinguished media career as a television director and producer for Ffilmiau'r Nant. He is father to the most successful and iconic comedy series on S4C, C’mon Midffild! directing and co-writing the show.

Plaid Cymru’s Gwynedd Group Chairman, Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, explains: “Alun Ffred was elected the first Leader of the newly formed Gwynedd Council in 1996. Across party lines he was highly respected as an experienced local councillor and for his authoritative and astute leadership. He succeeded in achieving consensus on most issues and was prepared to listen to arguments in a fair and reasonable manner whilst responding with dry humour and his cutting wit. His contribution to the wellbeing and interests of the people of Gwynedd has been enormous.”

Some of his political career highlights include the introduction of the Welsh Language Act and the Welsh Medium Education Strategy plus establishing the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol which works with universities across Wales to develop Welsh language medium opportunities for students. 

Appointed Minister for Heritage in the Welsh coalition group at the Welsh Assembly Government is one of his main political highlights, together with becoming the first individual to use the Welsh language at a European Union meeting in Brussels, as representative of the UK government.

Plaid Cymru’s current Gwynedd Leader and County Councillor who was elected to succeed Alun Ffred as the county representative for Penygroes Ward, Dyfed Edwards said: “There were very big boots to fill, following in Alun Ffred Jones’ footsteps. But it was a great honour and he has been a close friend, a great supporter and continued to work with us jointly on different cases and campaigns, him as an Assembly Member and myself as a County Councillor and Gwynedd Leader of Plaid Cymru.

“As a group, Plaid Cymru’s Gwynedd Councillor wish him well for the future and thank him enormously for his continued support during the past 13 years.”

Arfon’s Plaid Cymru candidate hoping to follow in Alun Ffred Jones’ footsteps at the National Assembly, Siân Gwenllian said: “One of Plaid Cymru’s political stalwarts has now finished his time at the National Assembly. But even though Alun Ffred Jones will retire, his influence will remain for years to come.

“He has worked tirelessly not only on behalf of his constituents, but equally important, for his country. He not only fights for the people of his area but also on issues and principles that are central to Wales during a key stage in its history. It has been an honour to work with him, and my ambition is to follow in his footsteps.”