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.
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
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.
"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
"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.