Adam Price MS

Liz Saville Roberts

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Adam Price was born in Carmarthen into a miner’s family and was educated at Ysgol Dyffryn Amman and then Cardiff University where he graduated with a BSc in Economics.

Adam went on to become a Managing Director of Newidiem, a UK policy and economics consultancy and Executive Director of the Welsh economic development and cultural change agency Menter a Busnes.

He was elected to the House of Commons in 2001 and quickly established himself as a campaigner, uncovering the Mittal Affair in 2002 where the Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, a major Labour Party donor, lobbied Tony Blair to help purchase Romania’s steel industry.

A voracious opponent of the Iraq War and Tony Blair’s role in the outbreak of war, Adam led an attempt, alongside other Plaid Cymru and SNP members, to impeach Tony Blair. Adam was ejected from the House of Common’s chamber on the 17th March 2005 for refusing to retract his statement accusing Tony Blair of having “misled” Parliament.

He was returned to the House of Commons on the 5th May 2005 with an increased majority and on the 31st October 2006, initiated a three-hour debate on an enquiry into the Iraq War, resulting in the establishment of the Chilcot Enquiry.

Amongst his achievements, Adam was:

Voted the only Welsh MP to retain public support in the Western Mail’s online poll of MPs’ expenses in 2009; Named in 2007 the BBC AM.PM Communicator of the Year; and ITV Welsh Political Awards Campaigning Politician of the Year in 2005.

Alongside campaigning for scrutiny over the Labour Party and Tony Blair’s involvement in the outbreak of the Iraq War, Adam Price was a prominent member of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, calling for the devolution of broadcasting to Wales so at to improve transparency and quality.

In 2009, Adam Price MP decided to stand down as the Member of Parliament for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr.

He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Harvard University where he studied a Masters in Public Administration and became a Fellow at the Centre for International Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

As a campaigner, Adam has made regular contributions to The Guardian, The Western Mail, The Spectator and Channel Four on a wide variety of issues and won a Bronze Medal at the New York Film and Television Festival for his documentary on the 1984/85 Miners Strike in 2014. In 2015, Adam’s four-part series was recognised with two BAFTA Cymru Awards.

Adam was elected as the Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr in the 2016 election to the National Assembly of Wales. He served as Plaid Cymru leader between 2018 and 2023.

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