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Megan Lloyd George

Megan Lloyd George was the first female MP to represent a Welsh constituency.

Lloyd George grew up in No. 11 and then No. 10 Downing Street while her father, David Lloyd George, was Chancellor of the Exchequer and later Prime Minister. Her first language was Welsh, and it wasn’t until she was four that she began to learn English.

She entered Parliament in 1929 as a Liberal MP, where she established a reputation for being an eloquent speaker. She espoused radical Liberalism and frequently urged her party to co-operate with Labour. She chaired the Women’s National Liberal Federation during the 1930s. She spoke frequently about womens’ rights and Welsh affairs and in the 1940s and 50s campaigned for a Welsh Assembly and for the appointment of a secretary of state for Wales.

After losing her seat in the general election of 1951, Lloyd George led the campaign for a Welsh Parliament. In 1955, convinced that the Liberal party had drifted too far to the right, she announced her decision to join the Labour party. She returned to Parliament as a Labour MP in the Carmarthen by-election of February 1957. She remained in her seat until her death. A Welsh patriot and fluent Welsh speaker, she made the opening speech in the first ever House of Commons debate on Welsh affairs. It is said she “Invented the concept of a ‘national region,’ the concept that gave rise to the Broadcasting Council for Wales.”

In 2016, Lloyd George was named as one of “the 50 greatest Welsh men and women of all time”

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