TWO former MP’s have spoken about their memories of Jim Griffiths MP and added their support for a permanent statue of the Labour man from Betws whose contribution to the U.K. and Wales included the introduction of Family Allowance, the National Insurance Act and the Industrial Injuries Act. He was also instrumental in establishing the Welsh office, which paved the way for devolution and the establishment of the Welsh Assembly.
Gwynoro Jones was MP for Carmarthen from 1970 to 1974 and Denzil Davies was MP for Llanelli from 1970 to 2005. Both men spoke fondly of Jim Griffiths and recounted many stories about Jim’s strength and conviction as a politician and his love for the Welsh culture.
Jim Griffiths’ brother David Rees Griffiths (Amanwy) was a celebrated poet and writer.
David went to work in a coal mine when he was 12 years old. He was severely injured in an explosion in Pantyffynnon colliery , where one of his brothers was killed. After the explosion he began to take an interest in literature and competed in local eisteddfodau.
There is a dearth of information regarding Jim Griffiths, which some believe should be rectified. One such person is Theo Davies-Lewis who is calling for a statue to be erected in Llanelli in the politician’s honour. It has already gleaned the support of high profile politicians including Nia Griffith MP, Lee Waters AM and Lord Elystan Morgan.
Theo has now made a film in Welsh and English containing interviews with those who knew Jim Griffiths and he is planning an event in Llanelli to officially launch the campaign Cofio Jim.
You can watch a trailer of the film here.