Gareth Williams (politician)

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Person.png Gareth Williams (politician)   WikidataRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, politician)
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BornGareth Wyn Williams
Prestatyn, United Kingdom
Died20 September 2003 (Age 62)
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Cause of death
"Heart attack"
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge
Victim ofpremature death
A Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council who suffered an unexplained and sudden death at age 62, four months after attending his second Bilderberg conference.

Employment.png Lord President of the Council

In office
13 June 2003 - 20 September 2003
Preceded byJohn Reid

Employment.png Leader of the House of Lords Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
8 June 2001 - 20 September 2003

Employment.png Lord Privy Seal Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
8 June 2001 - 13 June 2003
Succeeded byPeter Hain

Employment.png Attorney General for England and Wales Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
29 July 1999 - 8 June 2001
Preceded byJohn Morris
Succeeded byPeter Goldsmith

Employment.png Attorney General for Northern Ireland Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
29 July 1999 - 8 June 2001
Preceded byJohn Morris
Succeeded byPeter Goldsmith

Not to be confused with Gareth Williams the UK cryptographer who died in suspicious circumstances.

Gareth Wyn Williams, Baron Williams of Mostyn PC QC (5 February 1941 – 20 September 2003) was a Welsh barrister and Labour politician who was Leader of the House of Lords, Lord President of the Council and a member of the UK Cabinet at the time of his sudden death in 2003.


Williams attended the 2002 Bilderberg and 2003 Bilderberg.

Unexplained Death

The BBC reported that he "collapsed and died suddenly at his home in Gloucestershire" and that "His family are still not sure what caused his death, Lord Williams' private secretary, Chris Jacobs, told reporters."[1] Obituaries in The Guardian[2] and The Independent[3] both mentioned "his unexpected death", The Economist that "he died suddenly"[4], UPI that he "died unexpectedly"[5] and The Scotsman that "no details of what caused his death at the age of 62 were immediately available."[6]

In 2013, Matthew Seward still had no explanation for Williams' sudden death, but noted that “The Labour party has too often lost major figures at the peak of their careers – from Hugh Gaitskell and Tony Crosland to John Smith and Donald Dewar.” [7]

A 2017 entry in the Dictionary of Welsh Biography stated that he died of a heart attack.[8]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/200230 May 20022 June 2002US
Westfields Marriott
The 50th Bilderberg, held at Chantilly, Virginia.
Bilderberg/200315 May 200318 May 2003France
The 51st Bilderberg, in Versailles, France
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