(Thomas) Alun Rhys Davies (born 12 February 1964) is a Labour Party politician. After beginning his political career in Plaid Cymru he switched to the Labour Party and in 2007 was elected to the National Assembly for Wales from the Mid and West Wales region. He is a former Welsh public affairs consultant.
Davies was born in Tredegar
and went to Tredegar Comprehensive School followed by the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
where he read Politics. He was involved in student politics at the time and was elected President of National Union of Students
Wales. He first worked as a campaigner on environmental issues for the World Wide Fund for Nature
, and later as a poverty campaigner for Oxfam
during which time he visited Rwanda
and the former Yugoslavia
Davies then went to work as public and corporate affairs manager for Hyder
, which combined Wales' main utilities; he specialised in its capital investment programme. He subsequently transferred to be Head of Public Affairs at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
, and later became Director of Corporate Affairs for Welsh language
television station S4C
. In 2004 he started Bute Communications, his own public affairs consultancy.
Davies also became an active politician in Plaid Cymru
and was the party's candidate in Blaenau Gwent
at the 1992 general election
and in Cynon Valley
in the 1997 general election
Having joined the Labour Party, Davies was the party's candidate in Ceredigion at the 2005 general election; during the campaign he had to apologise for a confrontration with actor Rhys Ifans at a Cardiff hotel.
National Assembly for Wales
He was chosen as first on the Labour Party list for 'top-up' seats from the Mid and West Wales region for the 2007 Assembly election, and because of Labour losses in the region the party secured two seats.