|The Right Honourable|
|Shadow Secretary of State for Defence|
26 October 1984 – 14 June 1988
|Preceded by||John Silkin|
|Succeeded by||Martin O'Neill|
|Shadow Secretary of State for Wales|
20 March 1983 – 31 October 1983
|Preceded by||Alec Jones|
|Succeeded by||Barry Jones|
|Minister of State at the Treasury|
17 June 1975 – 4 May 1979
|Prime Minister||James Callaghan|
|Preceded by||Robert Sheldon|
|Member of Parliament|
19 June 1970 – 11 April 2005
|Preceded by||Jim Griffiths|
|Succeeded by||Nia Griffith|
9 October 1938|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Ann Finlay (div.) Ann Carlton|
|Alma mater||Pembroke College, Oxford|
David John Denzil Davies (born 9 October 1938) is a British Labour politician. He served for 35 years as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Llanelli from 1970 to 2005, and is a member of the Privy Council.
Davies was born in Cynwyl Elfed, Carmarthenshire. He attended Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School for Boys in Carmarthen, and then Pembroke College, Oxford, where he graduated with a First Class Honours BA in Law and Gray's Inn where he qualified as a barrister. He lectured in Law at University of Chicago in 1963 and the University of Leeds from 1964. He practised at the tax bar between 1967 and 1975. Later he also practised in the field of personal injuries and served as a head of chambers.
Davies served in a number of posts when Labour formed the Official Opposition after the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979, including Shadow Secretary of State for Wales in Michael Foot's Shadow Cabinet and Shadow Secretary of State for Defence in Neil Kinnock's. Like his predecessor as Shadow Defence Secretary, John Silkin, he resigned from the front bench in June 1988 in protest at Neil Kinnock's management style. The trigger for his resignation was Kinnock's announcement, without reference to Davies or the Shadow Cabinet, of a change in Labour's defence policy, from unilateral nuclear disarmament to multilateral nuclear disarmament and then back to unilateral nuclear disarmament, over a period of three days. He made an unsuccessful bid for the Labour Party deputy leadership in 1983.
He was one of the few Labour MPs with ministerial experience remaining after the 1997 landslide that returned Labour to power after 18 years in opposition. As a backbencher Davies continued to oppose Britain's membership of the EU.
He married Mary Ann Finlay in 1963. They have a son and daughter. They divorced in 1988. He married Ann Carlton in 1989.
Booth: Residence and Domicile in U.K. Taxation (successive editions) Maximise Damages, Minimise Taxes (1993) World Trade Organisation and GATT (1994) The Galilean and the Goose – How Christianity converted the Roman Empire (2010 ISBN 978-0-9566489-0-7)
- Labour Deputy Leader Elections
- https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200102/cmhansrd/vo020227/debtext/20227-03.htm, Hansard, 27 February 2002. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
- BBC profile (outdated)
- They Work for You
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Denzil Davies
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Llanelli