Meet the Assembly Member: Dawn Bowden, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

Dawn Bowden was elected Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney on May 5th 2016. We spoke to Dawn about her priorities for the constituency, and her first thoughts as a newly elected member of the Welsh Labour group of Assembly Members. 



What were your first thoughts when you heard you had been elected? 

I was immensely proud and humbled at the same time.  It is the first time that Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency has ever been represented by a woman, it was an historic moment. 


What will your first priorities be as Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney? 

To ensure that the pledges Welsh Labour set out in its manifesto will be delivered across the constituency. I also want to quickly establish myself with an accessible office base in the constituency and to continue the engagement I started during the election campaign with as many constituents and community groups as I can to listen to and address their concerns in the best way I can.


Looking forward to this fifth assembly term, what excites you most? 

The increased powers coming to the Assembly.  This is a maturing institution that has the potential to be such a powerful force for the people of Wales and I am very proud and excited to be a part of that development.


How should people get in touch if they want to discuss a constituency issue with you? 

At the moment, I do not have a constituency office, so I can be contacted on my office number in Cardiff Bay 0300 200 7170 or by e-mailing me on  As soon as my office is up and running, I will be widely publicising those contact details too.

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