Darren Millar
Darren-millar.jpg
Millar in 2021
Member of the Senedd
for Clwyd West
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Preceded byAlun Pugh
Majority3,685 (13.0%)
Personal details
Born1976 (age 45–46)
NationalityBritish, Irish[1]
Political partyWelsh Conservatives
Websitewww.darrenmillar.wales

Darren David Millar (born 1976) is a British politician who has served as the Member of the Senedd (MS) for Clwyd West since 2007. He is a member of the Welsh Conservatives.[2]

Political career

From 2000 to 2001, Millar was mayor of the township of Towyn and Kinmel Bay.[citation needed] He was also a member of Conwy County Borough Council, the North Wales Police Authority and the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.[citation needed]

In the 2003 Senedd election, he stood as the Conservative candidate for the Vale of Clwyd.[3]

In the 2007 election, Millar was elected to the Clwyd West seat, unseating the incumbent Labour MS, Alun Pugh. Pugh was the only Cabinet Minister to be defeated in the election.[4]

Millar was re-elected in the 2011,[5] 2016[6] and 2021 elections.

He is a former Shadow Minister for the Environment and Planning, a former Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government and also a former Shadow Minister for Economy and Transport. He is a former member of the Senedd's Sustainability Committee, and a former Chair of the Senedd's Health, Well-being and Local Government Committee.[citation needed]

In November 2010 Millar was elected as Chair of the Senedd's Public Accounts Committee. Millar also Chairs the Cross Party Group on Faith, and the Cross Party Group on the Armed Forces and Cadets, both of which he is a founder member.[citation needed]

He was one of four Conservative MSs (along with Andrew RT Davies, Janet Finch-Saunders and Mark Isherwood) to vote for Brexit in the 2016 Brexit referendum.[7][8][9]

Millar has been drawn to table a Members Bill on three occasions.

In January 2021 the Senedd Commission was investigating Millar for an alleged breach of COVID-19 regulations.[10] He resigned from his frontbench role as chief whip on 23 January 2021 after the leader Paul Davies resigned on the same day.[11]

Both Millar and Davies were later cleared of any wrongdoing by South Wales Police, Cardiff City Council, the Senedd Commission and the Senedd Standards of Conduct Committee.

In April 2022 a report published by the Senedd Standards Committee found that no laws or standards of conduct had been breached. [12]

Personal life

Millar lives in the Kinmel Bay area with his wife and two children. He enjoys reading and history, and attends Festival Church.[13]

Millar is a citizen of both the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and has held dual citizenship for decades.[14]

References

  1. ^ "Brexit-backing Tory MS reveals he has Irish citizenship". Nation.Cymru. 29 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Darren Millar AM | Working for Clwyd West". www.darrenmillaram.com. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Election results for Vale of Clwyd, 1 May 2003". senedd.assembly.wales. 1 May 2003.
  4. ^ "Election results for Clwyd West, 3 May 2007". senedd.assembly.wales. 3 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Election results for Clwyd West, 5 May 2011". senedd.assembly.wales. 5 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Election results for Clwyd West, 6 May 2016". senedd.assembly.wales. 6 May 2016.
  7. ^ "The EU Referendum: My view". Darren Millar AM.
  8. ^ Flint, Rachel (24 June 2016). "EU Referendum: What happens to Wales now after we voted for Brexit?". Daily Post.
  9. ^ "Sharp End March 19th". www.itv.com.
  10. ^ "COVID-19: Four senior Welsh politicians under investigation over claims they broke lockdown rules". Sky News. 21 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Tory Senedd leader Paul Davies quits over alcohol row". BBC News. 23 January 2021. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Politicians cleared over Senedd drinking as they didn't think booze ban applied".
  13. ^ "About Darren". www.darrenmillar.wales. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  14. ^ "AM meets Irish Ambassador". Darren Millar MS.
Senedd Preceded byAlun Pugh Member of the Senedd for Clwyd West 2007–present Incumbent Political offices Preceded byElin Jones Shadow Minister for the Environment June 2007 – Feb 2009 Succeeded byAngela Burns Preceded byNick Ramsay Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government Feb 2007 – Nov 2010 Succeeded byJonathan Morgan Preceded byDavid Melding Shadow Minister for Economy and Transport Nov 2010– May 2011 Succeeded by Preceded by Shadow Minister for Health May 2011– July 2011 Succeeded by Preceded by Shadow Minister for Health & Social Services July 2011–2016 Succeeded byRhun ap Iorwerth