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Jenny Rathbone MS

Jenny Rathbone MS

Party: Welsh Labour

Constituency: Cardiff Central

Contact information

Office Address: 
165 Albany Road
CF24 3NT

Phone:  029 2025 6255

Senedd Address: 
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Phone:  0300 200 7134


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Terms of Office

  • 06/05/2011 - 05/04/2016
  • 06/05/2016 -

Membership of Cross Party Groups

Additional Information

Personal history

Jenny Rathbone was born in Liverpool and now lives in her constituency in Cardiff Central. She has two children. Jenny takes an active part in the local community and believes that good things can happen when communities work together.

Professional background


Professional background

Jenny worked for 20 years in current affairs television, including roles as a researcher and reporter for Granada’s World in Action, producer of the BBC’s Money Programme, and some time working on Women’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.

Jenny chaired Independent Review Panels of complaints for the NHS in London from 1996 to 2003.


From 2002 to 2007, Jenny was programme manager of an award-winning Sure Start programme in north London and set up two children’s centres, including a national pathfinder ante natal service offering parenting classes and breastfeeding support working alongside midwife-led clinics.


Jenny served as the lay representative on the Professional Executive Committee of Islington Primary Care Trust, working with doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to improve primary care between 2002 and 2006.


Political history

Jenny Rathbone was elected to the National Assembly in May 2011 after defeating the Liberal Democrats in the Cardiff Central seat. In May 2016, she increased her majority by over 2,000 per cent.


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.


Jenny says:

"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 second 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’s 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).” 

Jenny sits on the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee and the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.


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