Beard Liberation Front
Press release, 21st February
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Veteran MP Paul Flynn leads St David’s Day Beard of Wales poll after Trump debate
The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that veteran Welsh Labour MP Paul Flynn has shot into the lead in the St David’s Day Beard of Wales 2017 poll after leading on opposition to Donald Trump’s State Visit to the UK in a Westminster Hall debate on Monday.
Mr Flynn has polled well in the past but this is the first time he has held the lead
The poll aims to determine the St David’s Day Beard of Wales, the Welsh beard that offers the most positive national image.
The campaigners say that Images of St David suggest that the Welsh Saint himself may have had an organic beard
Welsh rugby prop Adam Jones won the Award in 2013, voted for by BLF supporters, just shaving former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. Another rugby player Leigh Halfpenny won in 2014. In 2015 the Award went to Thee Faction musician Chris Fox and in 2016 footballer Joe Ledley
It is only the fifth time the Award has been given following the traditional UK Beard of the Year at the end December each year and the BLF says it is a mark of Wales as a modern nation on St David’s Day that beards are now playing an increasingly significant role in national life.
BLF Organiser Keith Flett said Paul Flynn’s resolute opposition to President Trump’s State Visit is not only something that clearly has big support in Wales but also shows how beards can add political gravitas to important Westminster debates
Beard of Wales 2017 Nominations
Jake Ball, rugby player
Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Charcutier
Chris Fox- musician
Richard Harrington, Y Gwyll actor
Tom Jones- musician
Joe Ledley, footballer
Gruff Rhys- musician