As I look around the Rhondda, I am reminded that if we keep doing the same thing we will get the same results. It's time to do something differently. To end complacency and to stop being taken for granted. I am committed to policies that will provide solutions to our problems. There is no problem we have that cannot be fixed. My vision for the Rhondda includes a plan to create jobs, to support and improve public services and to make the Rhondda and Wales a better place for all of us to live.
I was born and raised in the Rhondda. My values were forged in the working class community of Penygraig – the place that I have chosen to live and bring up my daughter, on the same street where my father and I grew up.
Before my election as an Assembly Member, I worked as a probation officer, a women’s aid support worker and a university tutor. I have also had a number of factory jobs around Rhondda Cynon Taf including at Bosch, Ferrero Roche, Sun Juice and Gainsborough Flowers in Porth. I also worked part-time on the checkout in Gateway Supermarket when it was in Tonypandy.
I have already started campaigning ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections. So far I have spoken to hundreds of people. I have taken up scores of concerns and issues that matter to people here in the Rhondda. I am ready to provide strong and effective representation for all those people who recognise that we can’t just carry on with the old ways of doing things. Many people have told me that they want to get rid of those who have let these valleys down.
In Government, Labour in Wales has been behind the removal of medical consultants from the Royal Glamorgan hospital in Llantrisant. In RCT council, Labour has presided over the unpopular removal of full-time nursery education for three-year-olds and the disastrous and unpopular school reorganisation plans. Labour is not listening to people. It is time for change.
I am determined to bring about the change that will improve the lives of people living in the Rhondda and to make our communities better places to live, to work and to raise a family.
If you agree with me that this isn’t as good as it gets, that we can build a future that gives hope to our youngest while retaining services for our oldest and others who rely on them, then please get behind my campaign to be the next Rhondda AM and First Minister of Wales.
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