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