Paul Flynn is an experienced MP in his seventh term in parliament. From Newport and passionately For Newport, he has been an elected representative for Newportonians almost continuously since 1972-first as a councillor and from 1987 as MP.
In awarding the ‘Welsh MP of the year’ prize, the judges praised his ‘record as an extraordinary and effective backbencher, challenging difficult issues irrespective of convention.’
Described by the Daily Telegraph as an ‘expenses angel’ he has led anti-sleaze and anti-lobbying campaigns and was named ‘Parliament’s best and saltiest questioner.’
His hard working team deal efficiently and sympathetically with a very high caseload of constituency work. He had one of the first MPs’ lively website, a daily blog and tweets daily.
He is the only MP to honour the Iraq and Afghanistan UK fallen by reading their names in the Commons. Currently he serves on the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee and new Petitions Committee. He is the author of seven books. One of them How to be an MP was rated top of MPs reading list in 2015.
He says, ‘Serving Newport and Wales is a great satisfying job that I love doing’.