DAI HAVARD Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney Constituency
About Me
I  was elected as MP for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney in June 2001 and  I am the first MP to represent the constituency to be born and brought up in the constituency.


Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Quakers Yard, Merthyr Tydfil   
Mother: Eileen, former shop worker, then family carer. deceased
Father: Edward (Ted) Miner - deceased   
Woodlands School, Quakers Yard (Primary)
Treharris, Secondary Modern School
Grammar Technical, Quakers Yard, Edwardsville
Afon Taf, Comprehensive 
Further Education
Certificate in Education - St Peter's College, Birmingham. 
Part-time, (self financed) MA Industrial Relations, University of Warwick. 

Marital Details

Married Julia Watts 1986 (Divorced)

Profession Prior to Election 

Trade Union Official (MSF) now Unite  
Trades Union
Electoral Notes
Elected as Member of Parliament for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney June 7th 2001.

Parliamentary  Positions and Activities 
Member of Defence Select Committee 2003 -
Speaker's  Panel of Chairs 2011 -
Chair - Defence & Diplomacy Middle East & North Arrica, All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)  - in association with Royal United Services Instiutute (RUSI)

A member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme attached to the Army
Other National Bodies   
Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) Alumni

Non- Parliamentary Career
Jobbing maintenance engineer 1971-75
Self Employed Trade Union Researcher and Trade Union Studies tutor 1975-79,
Trade Union Education Tutor 1979-82,
Trade Union Official 1982 - 2001, lastly Wales Secretary MSF - now section of Unite   
Contributor to academic publications on trade union and economic development    
Other Organisations
Merthyr Tydfil Credit Union
British Horse Society
Nat Field Archery Soc
Bevan Foundation member   
Hill walking,
Horse Riding,
Field Archery
Commons and Lords Rugby Club,
Bird Watching

Green woodworking and chair making


Aberfan Social and Democratic

Merthyr RFC 

Merthyr  Town FC

Commons & Lords Rugby Club   
Labour Party and Affiliated Groups
Unite Branch Delegate to CLP
Co-operative Party Member
Wales Labour Party Joint Policy Committee 2001- 2004 

Biographical Note:

Dai Havard was elected MP for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney in June 2001. He is the first MP to represent the constituency to be born and brought up in the constituency. 

Born in 1950 to Eileen (former shop worker and family carer) and Edward (Ted) Havard, a miner and surface worker at Deep Navigation Colliery in Treharris. 

Dai attended the then Woodlands School, Quakers Yard, later Ysgol Rhyd-y-Grug, moving  to the then Treharris Secondary Modern, and subsequently the Quakers Yard Grammar/Tech Schools and Afon Taf Comprehensive Schoools. 

Dai became an active member of the then Treharris Boy's Club, sited within the then Deep Navigation colliery grounds, where his father (Ted) worked in the Lamp Room, until his early retirement on ill-health. 

Dai gained a Certificate in Education from St Peter's College, Birmingham and later a (self financed) Master of Arts Degree in Industrial Relations, from the University of Warwick. Dai worked as a jobbing maintenance engineer and in 1975 on becoming unemployed; Dai became self-employed, establishing a Trade Union Research Unit in East Birmingham and worked in Trade Union Education. Moving to full-time Trade Union Education in 1979, including working for an academic year seconded to the TUC Education Service. Dai then worked as a full time negotiating official for several trade unions operating in both the public and private sectors. 

Immediately before being elected as MP for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney in 2001, Dai was the Wales Secretary of the trade union MSF - now part of Unite. 

Since entering Parliament Dai has been a member of the Deregulation Regulatory Reform Committee - which changes primary legislation - and since November '03 a member of the Defence Select Commiittee 

In 2011 Dai was invited to join Mr Speaker's Panel of Chairs to chair debates in the Second Chamber (Westminster Hall) Secondary Legislation, Grand Committees and Bills through their Committee Stages.
Dai became a member of Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme in 2001 - attached to the Army and 
Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Army in 2009 and Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party Defence Group; with in addition membership of the Treasury and Foreign & Commonwealth groups. 


A member of the Co-operative Party, Aberfan Social and Democratic Club, Merthyr Tydfil Credit Union, the British Horse Society - Dai has been a very part-time civilian rider in London for Troop 1 Blues & Royals Household Cavalry, when time allows. He is also a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, National Field Archery Society and the Bevan Foundation. Dai has also accepted honorary positions with the Merthyr Angling Association and the Dowlais Chrysanthemum Society, is a Patron and President respectively of both Merthyr and Treharris Mini and Junior Rugby clubs and is a supporter of the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team, which is based in Dowlais in Merthyr Tydfil.


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