People of the Senedd
Jenny Rathbone MS
Senedd Constituency Member
Welsh Labour Group
165 Albany Road
My Senedd Activities
What support does Welsh Government provide farmers to convert animal waste to fertiliser?
Tabled on 29/11/2023
What percentage of housing associations use a video relay service in order to aid the deaf community by the using British Sign Language?
Tabled on 23/11/2023
Will the First Minister provide an update on the state of the prison service in Wales?
Tabled on 19/10/2023
To propose that the Senedd: 1. Notes: a) that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and that 16 November 2023 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day; b) that the survival rates in Wal...
For debate on 12/10/2023
What is the Welsh Government's annual target for reducing plastic in period products?
Tabled on 11/10/2023
How much food is produced from organisations that have received horticulture grants in the last year?
Tabled on 09/10/2023
More information and calendar events
Detailed information: Jenny Rathbone MS
Key interests and achievements
“In the Senedd my main interests are the wellbeing of future generations in light of the climate emergency, the public health emergency exacerbated by our unhealthy diets, and the air pollution poisoning our lungs. It is my ambition to ensure that Government and all public services deliver on sustainable food, housing, transport and energy systems as clearly set out in the Well-Being of Future Generations Act (2015).”
Jenny Rathbone was born in Liverpool and has two children and two grandchildren. She lives at the heart of the Cardiff Central constituency, most of which is accessible by bike. Jenny believes that good things can happen when communities work together and will work with anyone who wants to address the inequalities that are all too evident in every community.
Jenny worked for 20 years in current affairs television, as a researcher and reporter for Granada’s World in Action; producer of the BBC’s Money Programme, and on R4’s Woman’s Hour. 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 has considerable experience of working with doctors, nurses and allied health professionals as chair of Independent Review Panels for the NHS in London (1996 2003); improving primary care as the lay representative on the Professional Executive Committee of Islington Primary Care Trust (2002-2006), chairing the Camden & Islington Health Action Zone partnership as lead councillor for health on Islington Council (1998-2002)., and as a member of the Camden & Islington Maternity Liaison Committee for nearly 20 years. Jenny was a lay inspector for Estyn 2009-2011.
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 says "it’s vital that every child gets a fair start in life. That is why I have been a school governor for the over 20 years. Decent, warm housing is everyone’s right. I’ve always worked with tenants’ associations and community organisations to tackle the housing problems, drugs and crime which impact on all our lives. I’m a passionate supporter of the NHS created by Aneurin Bevan as Health and Housing Minister after the second world war. I am a member of Unite and a strong supporter of the social partnership approach to involving trade unions in the management of the workplace. I am a proud Patron of Hayaat Woman's Trust and a trustee of Good Food Llanedeyrn.”
Jenny sits on the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee and the Public Accounts Committee and has previously served on the Children and Young People’s Committee and the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee. Jenny chairs three Cross Party Groups on Food; Gypsies and Travellers; and Women’s Health.
Terms of office
- 06/05/2011 - 05/04/2016
- 06/05/2016 - 28/04/2021
- 08/05/2021 -