Jenny Rathbone was elected to the National Assembly in May 2011 after spectacularly defeating the Liberal Democrats in the Cardiff Central seat. In the 2016 Welsh Assembly Elections, Jenny increased her majority by over 2000%.
Jenny lives in her Cardiff Central constituency and takes an active part in the local community - good things can happen when communities work together. She is a school governor at St Teilo’s High School in Llanedeyrn. Jenny attends PACT meetings around the constituency to make sure the Police and Cardiff Council are working effectively with the community to cut down crime and tackle anti-social behaviour.
"I think it’s vital that every child gets a fair start in life. This is why I am a strong advocate of the Welsh Labour Government’s Flying Start programme and why I am a school governor.
"In my earlier career I was the programme manager of a very successful Sure Start programme. We created award-winning children’s centres bringing services to where people live and regenerating the local area.
“I’ve always worked with tenants’ associations and community organisations to tackle housing problems, drugs, and crime, which impact on all our lives.
"I’m a passionate supporter of the NHS and proud it was created by Aneurin Bevan when he was Health and Housing Minister after the 2nd World War. I have served on a health trust, and chaired independent NHS complaints panels. So I know how things ought to work.
"My 20 years in television journalism taught me the way things work in British politics, and where things need to change. I worked on Granada’s World in Action and The BBC Money Programme. The stories I covered then are often directly relevant to today’s issues. This is certainly the case with a Channel 4 series I produced on the international debt crisis!
"I am a strong supporter of trade unions, and I am a member of Unite. I am a proud Patron of Hayaat Women's Trust, and a Director of the Living Room which supports people combatting addictions."
“In the Senedd my main interests are health, education, and making sure the Government and all public services deliver on sustainable housing, transport and energy systems as clearly set out in the Well-Being of Future Generations Act (2015). “
In the Senedd:
Jenny sits on the Climate Change, Environment, and Rural Affairs Committee and also the Equality, Local Government, and Communities Committee.
Jenny is the Chair of the cross Party Group on Diabetes
Jenny is a keen environmentalist and takes an interest in sustainability programmes, including Food For All and Active Travel.