Cynon Valley MP receives Honorary Doctorate


Cynon Valley MP, the Rt. Hon. Ann Clwyd, has today (Monday, July 2) been awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Literature) by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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The Rt. Hon. Ann Clwyd is a Welsh Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cynon Valley since 1984.  Ann has been a persistent campaigner, throughout her political career lending her support for miners compensation; for the future of Tower Colliery; the battle to keep Remploy in Cynon Valley and throughout the Country; trying to get action on the former Phurnacite Plant land in the Cynon Valley; regulation of cosmetic surgery; justice for those who were abused in care in North Wales; and Human Rights internationally.

A professional broadcaster/journalist, Ann was educated at the University of North Wales, Bangor; Queen’s School Chester and Holywell Grammar School.  She has an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from UWTSD’s predecessor institution, Trinity College, Carmarthen, for her contribution to politics and as a human rights campaigner.  She was awarded Communicator of the Year at the Wales Yearbook Political Awards 2005; admitted to the White Robe of the Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod of Wales 1991; BBC/House Magazine and Spectator Awards for Backbencher of the Year; Channel 4 Political Award for Campaigning Politician of the Year.

On presenting the Rt. Hon. Ann Clwyd to the congregation Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Catrin Thomas, said:

“It’s a great pleasure to present to you today the Right Honourable Ann Clwyd Roberts for the Degree of Doctor of Literature of this University.  Ann has a strong independent streak and has on more than one occasion over her career defied the party whip.  This award is for her public service to Wales and her tireless work promoting human rights and women rights internationally.  Thank you for your vital contribution over the years.”       

In February 2014, after informing party leader Ed Miliband and revealing her decision at the monthly meeting of the Cynon Valley Labour Party, Clwyd announced that she was to stand down at the 2015 UK General Election. However, she subsequently changed her mind because, after an illness, was given a clean bill of health, and decided she had a lot more to give to political life.  Ann was awarded the Churchill Award in 2014 for Politics. Each year, the winners are chosen by a panel of experts from organisations across the broadest of spectrums and selected for their contribution to their field and excellence in the previous twelve month period.

 On receiving the award at the ceremony, The Rt. Hon. Ann Clwyd, said:

“I am delighted to receive this honour because I have close associations with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. And because it’s for human rights and for international women’s rights and those are really the two main issues I’ve been concerned about as a politician.”

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