Before entering Parliament…
I was born in 1963 into a strong and close working class Labour family, headed by my mother, Teresa Davies, and father, Gethin Davies. From a young age, I have always been politically active, so it comes as no surprise that some of my earliest (and fondest) memories are of campaigning in General Elections for my uncle, Ifor Davies, who was a highly-respected MP for Gower and deputy to Cledwyn Hughes at the Welsh Office in Harold Wilson's Government.
Joanna, my wife, and I met in a sports centre. I was working there, and she was doing aerobics. Joanna was born into the Irranca family, a family of Italian stock who came to Wales in the 1950s and worked hard to make a successful living in the valleys of South Wales. I started out as just a plain, old Davies, but when Joanna and I married, we merged our names together.
I thought I had left higher education when I began to work for local authorities in leisure management and, later, onto private sector management. But I couldn’t stay away from the classroom, and with time, I returned to education as a lecturer at Swansea Institute of Higher Education.
I became an MP in 2002, representing the proud constituency of Ogmore, and you can learn more about my activities in Westminster on the ‘Huw in Parliament’ page.
Outside of Parliament…
Whilst I do spend three to five days a week at work in Parliament, on the weekends I’m back in Ogmore carrying out advice clinics, meeting constituents and attending many events. I try and divide my time between my constituents, and my wife and three sons. I also am a fan of most sport, especially rugby, and I really enjoy watching my sons’ rugby matches when I am back home. With these demands on my weekends, my time at home can be even busier than my time at Westminster!