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Brynle Williams

Betsan Powys | 08:44 UK time, Friday, 1 April 2011

A few weeks ago I asked a Conservative Assembly Member how Brynle Williams was. He was very, very ill.

Would he have to stand down before the election, I asked?

Brynle was a farmer at heart, he said and would die in the harness. He loved his job and had such pride in it that he would never, ever give it up willingly.

He didn't. Sadly, this morning, came the news that Brynle Williams has died.

I once worked on a programme about the fuel blockades that first brought Brynle to national, even international, prominence. In his shirt sleeves outside Stanlow he took on Tony Blair and as the then Prime Minister's adviser admitted on BBC2 just a few weeks ago, he very nearly won.

Brynle didn't like the programme in fact he hated it. He told me so bluntly, then with a huge smile told me equally bluntly that didn't mean he hated those who'd worked on it. He was kindness itself and is the only AM ever, I think, who used to wink at me if he spotted me in the public gallery.

Sad news, a Labour source texts. "He always made me chuckle with his singing and whistling in the Assembly. Like having a part of North Wales in Cardiff with you".

Nick Bourne has just spoken movingly of Brynle on Radio Wales. I'm sure David Cameron, who's in Wales later today, will want to pay his own tribute.

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