Tory MP offers to write Plaid Cymru peer's biography

Good news for Lord Elis-Thomas of Nant Conwy. He has found his amanuensis.

A volunteer has come forward to write the biography of the ex-MP, former presiding officer of the National Assembly for Wales, and erstwhile leader of Plaid Cymru.

Before Lord Elis-Thomas releases his official archive, I should point out that the would-be author is the Conservative MP for Monmouth, David Davies.

Mr Davies tells Total Politics magazine that the Dwyfor Meirionnydd AM is the politician whose biography he would like to write. Mr Davies said: "He became the speaker of an institution which 20 years previously nobody thought would ever have a chance of being set up. Since then, the assembly has been steadily gaining extra powers.

"Dafydd was once a left-wing firebrand, and is now seemingly a pillar of the establishment. In spite of that, or perhaps because of it, he has achieved far more of his political goals than most MPs - much to the annoyance of unionists like me!"

He offers an equally interesting answer when asked: "Which fictional character would you be?"

The answer: "Dr Who, because I'd love to see how things really were. Was Owain Glyndwr really interested in an independent Wales or just another baron feuding with the king?

"How much tolerance did Elizabeth I really offer religious dissidents? I could even check the temperatures during the Medieval Warm Period and the so-called Little Ice Age to show the current increase is nothing out of the ordinary!"

Once he's finished Lord Elis-Thomas's biography, Mr Davies might then be able to contemplate a career change, should Matt Smith ever hang up his sonic screwdriver.