Tributes have been paid to former Llanelli MP Denzil Davies who died a day after his 80th birthday.

The long-serving MP spent 35 years in the House of Commons following his election in 1970 until his retirement in 2005.

Mr Davies, who was from Cynywl Elfed, was a minister in the treasury under James Callaghan's Labour government in the 1970s.

The politician campaigned for the level crossing barrier at Tirydail rail crossing in Ammanford in the early nineties after receiving support of a 30,000 plus signature petition.

Lee Waters, Llanelli AM, has paid tribute to Mr Davies' record as a politician.

Mr Waters took to Twitter and said: "Sorry to hear of the passing of Denzil Davies.

"He was the MP for #Llanelli from 1970 to 2005.

"As Treasury Minister in the Callaghan Government played a key role in setting up the WDA.

"A brilliant man who made a big contribution."

The role of MP of Llanelli is now held by Nia Griffith, who was elected back in 2005.

Ms Griffith said: "I am very sorry to hear the sad news that my predecessor, the Rt Hon Denzil Davies has passed away.

“Denzil was a fine parliamentarian, combining his keen intellect with his great talent for speaking, and his command of the Chamber in the House of Commons earned him the respect of MPs from all parties.

“He served the Llanelli Constituency with distinction and commitment for 35 years.

“On a personal level he was modest about his great ability and took time to engage in discussion with people.

“I am very grateful to him for the help and advice he gave me when I was a new MP. He will be sorely missed."