#CofioJim

Jim Griffiths CH PC (1890-1975)

Jim Griffiths CH PC (1890-1975)

It all started when…

"Young, 'posh' and political: with Theo Davies-Lewis" - Listen to "Martin Shipton Meets", a podcast by one of Wales' leading journalists, Martin Shipton of Media Wales, which features politicians, academics, and journalists. Theo was a guest on the show to talk politics, media and education. Listen  here , and read the follow up story in Wales’ national newspaper below or  here .

"Young, 'posh' and political: with Theo Davies-Lewis" - Listen to "Martin Shipton Meets", a podcast by one of Wales' leading journalists, Martin Shipton of Media Wales, which features politicians, academics, and journalists. Theo was a guest on the show to talk politics, media and education. Listen here, and read the follow up story in Wales’ national newspaper below or here.

Theo heard of Jim's life and career from his late grandmother, local florist Meriel Lewis.

The aim of the #CofioJim (#RememberJim) campaign is to formally recognise one of West Wales' brightest and most accomplished social and political figures of the twentieth century. 

Jim Griffiths was the first ever Secretary of State for Wales, as well as a Member of Parliament for Llanelli for over three decades, yet there is no significant tribute to his work for the area.

Theo believed that to remember Jim and his contribution to Llanelli and Wales, a statue should be built in his honour in Llanelli.

Launched at the beginning of August, Theo has managed the the strategy, content, communications, logistics and co-ordination of the campaign. 

He built and managed the website of the campaign, as well as its social media pages, such as its Twitter and Facebook.

Theo wrote to all local and county councillors in Llanelli Town Council, Llanelli Rural Council, Ammanford Town Council, and in Carmarthenshire County Council (CCC), gaining the support of (among others) Leader of the Labour Group in CCC, Cllr. Robert James; Llanelli’s Welsh Assembly Member, Lee Waters; local MP, Nia Griffith; former MPs, Denzil Davies and Gwynoro Jones; the town’s Mayor, David Darkin; and Lord Morris, former Secretary of State for Wales (see here for his words of support). Through persuasive campaign strategies, Theo has worked tirelessly for this to happen.

Well done to Theo for launching #CofioJim - it’s right a new generation claim his legacy
— Lee Waters, Welsh Assembly Member
Theo with Jim Griffiths' successor in Llanelli, the late Denzil Davies, who was an MP for 35 years

Theo with Jim Griffiths' successor in Llanelli, the late Denzil Davies, who was an MP for 35 years

The story has also featured prominently in the media, with stories in the BBCLlanelli OnlineThe South Wales Guardian, Wales' leading think-tank, the IWA; Nation.Cymru; as well as Wales' national newspaper the Western Mail and the Llanelli Star.  Theo is also working on a media project with former MPs Denzil Davies and Gwynoro Jones to bring more stories of Jim back to life. Watch the trailer below or here.

Theo has also been on the streets of Llanelli speaking to residents to encourage people to recognise Jim's work to Llanelli and wider Welsh society.

Overall, the initiative demonstrates his great drive and communications skills. As a non-party political campaign, with no external funding or institutional backing from the beginning, Theo  continues to raise the profile of one of Wales' greatest statesmen.


The #CofioJim campaign for Jim Griffiths.