Plaid Cymru sources have told PDN that the distinguished academic and former Labour MP, Professor David Marquand, has quit the Labour Party and joined the Penarth branch of Plaid Cymru.
Born in Cardiff but now a Penarth resident, David Marquand was a Labour candidate for Barry in 1964 where he was defeated by the incumbent Conservative MP Sir Raymond Gower. He later won the Ashfield seat for Labour which he held until 1977 and was a close colleague of Labour Chancellor Roy Jenkins .
His wife, Professor Judith Marquand, is also joining Plaid Cymru. Professor David Marquand had previously described himself as a “liberal social democrat” and said he combined this with what he called “a strong dash of republicanism”.
His father Hilary Marquand was a Labour Minister in the post-war Attlee Government and his great-grandfather was founder-editor of the first Labour newspaper in Wales, Llais Llafur (Labour Voice).
Earlier in his career Professor Marquand was a leader writer on The Guardian newspaper. Amongst his concerns are what he calls “the democratic deficit in the European Union” and the “obsolescent state socialism of the Left“. He is a former Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford .