I am very sorry to hear the sad news that my predecessor, the Rt Hon Denzil Davies, has passed away. Denzil was a fine parliamentarian, combining his keen intellect with his great talent for speaking, and his command of the Chamber in the House of Commons earned him the respect of MPs from all parties.
He served the Llanelli Constituency with distinction and commitment for 35 years. On a personal level he was modest about his great ability and took time to engage in discussion with people. I am very grateful to him for the help and advice he gave me when I was a new MP.
He will be sorely missed.