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Calls for Town Centre Statue of Jim Griffiths MP

Calls for Town Centre Statue of Jim Griffiths MP

THEO Davies-Lewis is studying at Oxford University and during his time there he has re-established the Oxford Media Society. He has interviewed some of the greats of the newspaper industry, leading politicians and only recently interviewed the legendary Welsh actress Siân Phillips.

Theo could easily be described as a ‘high flyer’. He is a force to be reckoned with and some have him pinned as the next Huw (TV) Edwards.

No doubt Huw will be looking over that perfectly groomed shoulder at the boy from the Bryn’s progress after all he lives but a stone’s throw from his own origins in Llangennech. Can the BBC cope with two Llanelli boys at the helm of Auntie’s news machine?

Huw needn’t worry for now as Theo has a lot to do before he sits in the hot seat. He is a very busy man. He is as we speak campaigning for a statue to remember the Labour MP Jim Griffiths to be placed in the town centre.

Speaking to Llanelli Online today, Wednesday (Aug 1) Theo said:

“I thought about what the most productive thing I could do was with my time while I was home from University. I was always hearing a lot about Jim Griffiths from my family as I was growing up. No one of my generation seems to know anything about Jim. I set up the hashtag, Cofio Jim campaign, which aims to get a statue of Jim in Llanelli. That petition will go to Carmarthenshire County Council. It is the least we can do.

Campaigning for Jim’s statue: Theo Davies-Lewis

“I think if you look through his career there are not many people like him. He did a lot for Llanelli and he established the Welsh Office. We have a constituency office named after him in Llanelli and that is the right thing to do. If you look at it in terms of achievement his life and career, he went down the mines at 13 then went on to represent the workers in trade unions before becoming an MP in 1936. It is quite extraordinary and we need to recognise that.”

Visit the dedicated Facebook page here

You can listen to the full interview with Theo here.

About Jim Griffiths MP:

Jim Griffiths MP

Born 19 September 1890 – Betws, Carmarthenshire – Died 7 August 1975 (aged 84)
Teddington, Greater London

Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Winifred Rutley

Member of Parliament  for Llanelli
In office – 5 April 1936 – 18 June 1970
Preceded by John Henry Williams – Succeeded by Denzil Davies

Minister of National Insurance
In office – 27 July 1945 – 28 February 1950
Prime Minister Clement Attlee – Preceded by Leslie Hore-Belisha – Succeeded by Edith Summerskill

Secretary of State for the Colonies
In office 28 February 1950 – 26 October 1951
Prime Minister Clement Attlee – Preceded by Arthur Creech Jones – Succeeded by Oliver Lyttelton

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
In office 2 February 1956 – 4 May 1959 – Leader Hugh Gaitskell – Preceded by Herbert Morrison – Succeeded by Aneurin Bevan

Secretary of State for Wales
In office 18 October 1964 – 5 April 1966
Prime Minister Harold Wilson – Preceded by Office Created – Succeeded by Cledwyn Hughes


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