David Jones is the Secretary of State for Wales

Wyn Roberts was, by any standards, a towering figure of 20th century Welsh politics.

After a distinguished career as a broadcast journalist, Wyn entered Parliament in 1970 as Member for Conway (later Conwy). He was given almost immediate preferment, and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to his fellow North Walian, Welsh Secretary Peter Thomas, between 1970 and 1974.

In 1979, Margaret Thatcher appointed Wyn Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Welsh Office, and in 1987, he was promoted to Minister of State, a role he filled until 1994. He retired from the Commons in 1997 and almost immediately became a working peer as Lord Roberts of Conwy, of Talyfan in the County of Gwynedd, serving as Opposition spokesman on Wales in the Lords for many years.

His greatest political achievement was piloting the Welsh Language Act through Parliament, putting in place robust arrangements for the right of Welsh people to use their native language in public life.

Wyn was every inch a dedicated Welshman, passionate about his native land, its language, landscapes, wildlife and culture. He was kind, wise, hard working and generous with his time and his considerable talents.

He will be greatly missed by his many colleagues and friends. Although he had many political opponents, he had few, if any, foes.

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