Ann Clwyd Memoirs

The longest serving Welsh MP, Ann Clwyd has published her autobiography. As well as recounting her many political battles, the Labour MP for Cynon Valley explains why she now regrets having ever supported devolution.

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Supporting devolution 'was wrong" says Ann Clwyd

Ann Clwyd has been MP for the Cynon Valley since 1984 Credit: PA

Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd, who campaigned for a Welsh Assembly in both the 1979 and 1997 referendums, has told tonight's Sharp End why she now thinks devolution was wrong. She's interviewed about her memoirs by ITV Cymru Wales Political Editor Adrian Masters. He asks her about an account in her book of a conversation with the former Labour minister Denzil Davies, who never supported devolution. Ann Clwyd reveals that she told him that he'd been right and she'd been wrong.

I would have preferred after all this time to be able to speak positively but you know, devolution was not meant to be about a worse service in Wales than in the rest of the country. Devolution was not meant to be about that.

– Ann Clwyd MP
  • Sharp End is on ITV Cymru Wales at 11:15pm tonight
  • Rebel with a Cause, by Ann Clwyd, is published by Biteback tomorrow, £25.

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