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 things differently, to end complacency and to stop being taken for granted. Since being elected as a Member of the Senedd for the Rhondda I have been pushing for 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 have campaigned to keep jobs and services such as surgeries and banks in the Rhondda. I am working with our Plaid Cymru team of councillors to ensure that the Rhondda isn't forgotten by RCT.
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 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 help me.
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