Dr James Davies is the Conservative Member of Parliament for the Vale of Clwyd. In October 2022, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the UK Government Wales Office - a position he held until November 2023.
James was born in St Asaph and brought up in Prestatyn. He has family going back many generations in Rhyl and Denbigh.
He represented his home ward in Prestatyn as a town and county councillor for 11 years, before first being elected Member of Parliament for the Vale of Clwyd in 2015. He was re-elected as MP for the Vale of Clwyd in 2019.
James has worked as a doctor within the NHS since 2004 and undertook junior doctor training at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan, before qualifying as a GP. He was a clinical champion for dementia for a number of years. Between the 2017 and 2019 elections, he spent a year practising in Rhyl and many more months in other practices and Out of Hours services in the region. This provided an invaluable insight into the full extent of long-term failures within the Labour-run devolved NHS in Wales.
Since being elected to Parliament, James has been working hard to deliver on his priorities for the Vale of Clwyd and has been active in Parliament on behalf of his constituents. During this time, James has:
- Worked with Ministers to increase police numbers in North Wales to their highest level in 15 years, and won Ministerial support for plans for a new police station in Prestatyn.
- Held the Welsh Government to account for its poor handling of the NHS in North Wales, working with colleagues to push for urgent action to address the serious failings in healthcare.
- Been influential in forming Government policy while Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ministers in the Department for Health and Social Care and HM Treasury. He also served on the Conservative Party's backbench 1922 Executive Committee.
- Taken a leading role in advancing the Vale of Clwyd’s bid to the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund programme, as well as local applications to the Community Ownership Fund, Community Renewal Fund, Shared Prosperity Fund and North Wales Growth Deal.
- Volunteered to help deliver Covid-19 vaccinations during the highly successful vaccine roll-out.
- Was instrumental in the Health Board overturning its plans to downgrade Glan Clwyd neonatal services and instead construct a new Sub-regional Neonatal Intensive Care Centre (SuRNICC).
- Served on the Welsh Affairs Select Committee 2015-17 and the Health and Social Care Select Committee 2015-17 and 2019-21.
- Until being appointed minister, was Chair of the Mersey Dee North Wales All-Party Parliamentary Group and Vice Chair of the APPGs on Obesity, Dementia, ME and Tidy Britain.
- As Minister, he has been instrumental in securing a £1bn+ commitment to the electrification of the North Wales Mainline.
Aside from his work as an MP and GP, James enjoys spending time with his young family, local community work, walking, travelling, learning Spanish, and DIY. He is a member of the British Medical Association, the Royal College of GPs, the National Trust, the Rotary and the Campaign for Real Ale.
James is proud to be representing the area he cares about.