I’ve lived or worked here in Cardiff for over 20 years. My husband Daniel and I have two children, William and Emily. I’m proud to have been able to help hundreds of local people during my five years as your Lib Dem Assembly Member.
I love Cardiff and have a real passion for improving the lives of the people who live here. I want my children to grow up in an open, tolerant, united country and will work as your MP to achieve that.
Wales Stronger in Europe
I am proud to have always made the case against a destructive Brexit. I believe we must;
1. Keep Britain in the Single Market to protect jobs;
2. Give EU Nationals living in the UK the right to stay here;
3. Give you the final say on the Brexit deal, with the option to vote to remain in the European Union if you don’t like the deal.
A champion for mental health
I have put improved treatment for those with mental ill health at the heart of campaigning, because I know through my own personal experience that something needs to change. I have led debates in the National Assembly to put mental health on the agenda. Only through openness will we tackle the stigma associated with mental ill health.
Protecting our libraries
I challenged Labour when they proposed breaking their promise not to close libraries. With the support of our local communities, we managed to keep many open. But Roath Library has now been closed for nearly three years, and the ‘temporary’ replacement has 32 times fewer books than the original library.
Working with local Lib Dem councillors, I have called for Cardiff’s Labour-run Council to urgently address the lack of secondary school places in Penylan, Cyncoed, Llanedeyrn, Pentwyn and parts of Roath. Many children are being refused a place in the school of their choice despite living in its catchment area which is unacceptable.
Fighting for our communities
I have campaigned alongside our communities across Cardiff - fighting for the Maelfa redevelopment in Llanedeyrn and to solve broadband not-spot issues in Penylan. I have campaigned against over-development in Cathays, for more alley-gates in Roath and to safeguard Llanishen Reservoir. I’m proud to fight for our communities.
Small business owner
I run a small business specialising in community engagement, and have written studies on age discrimination and inequality, as well as running campaigns to raise money for people facing starvation in Africa.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Europe, the Economy and Transport
As a shadow minister, I not only held the Labour Welsh Government to account but also worked to make our economy and our transport system work for the people of Wales:
● Protected £30 million in funding for our universities, which Labour wanted to cut.
● Secured £57 million to finish the next stage of the Eastern Bay Link Road to reduce congestion in Cardiff.
● Made the case to keep Britain in the European Single Market to protect jobs and investment in Wales.
Assembly Member for South Wales Central
It was an honour to represent Cardiff for five years. I’m pleased I was able to help so many people with issues big and small. I’m also pleased to have worked with my fellow Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Members to get more nurses into our hospitals and provide £262 million in extra funding to help the most disadvantaged children in Wales.
Managing Community Outreach for Cardiff University
Before I became an Assembly Member, I managed Cardiff University’s program for engaging with communities and potential students from a wide range of backgrounds.
Promoting the work of Techniquest and National Youth Arts Wales
After university I worked for science discovery centre Techniquest in Cardiff. I was involved in promoting their work, spreading enjoyment and understanding of science. I later joined National Youth Arts Wales to promote their work.
Bachelor of Arts, Music, Cardiff University
I moved to Cardiff to study Music at university. I met my husband here, my children were born here, and would consider it an honour to be able to represent this city once again.