In the latest in our series of interviews with new Welsh Labour Assembly Members, we catch up with Hannah Blythyn - Assembly Member for Delyn, North Wales.
What were your first thoughts when you heard you had been elected?
Hearing the results and realising I had been elected was a humbling experience - it’s been very much a whirlwind since then, being sworn in the next day then travelling down to the National Assembly on the Monday. But it’s an absolute privilege to be Assembly Member for the community that shaped me and I am relishing getting stuck in to the role.
What will your first priorities be as Assembly Member for Delyn?
Clearly, the ongoing steel crisis, in particular the Shotton site which affects many people in Delyn is a top priority. Building on this, using my previous experience to bring greater numbers and diversity of jobs and opportunities to our area is a key priority of mine. Also, ensuring that I advocate not simply for Delyn but stand up for our corner of North Wales as whole – ensuring the fulfilment of our manifesto commitments for a world class health service that meets the needs of our communities today, investment and improvements in the A55 and A494, the development of the North Wales Metro, new all age apprenticeships and much more.
Personally, I am keen to work differently, being visible all year round through campaigns, drop in events and community forums. Reaching out to work with schools, colleges and similar organisations in the area are also priorities of mine.
Now that you have gone through the experience yourself, what advice would you give to anyone considering standing for election?
Be authentic and work hard to win people’s trust and vote. Also, never lose sight that it is an amazing opportunity to serve your community and a privilege to have the people of that community’s trust placed in you as their representative.
How should people get in touch if they want to discuss a constituency issue with you?
I am currently in the process of locating and setting up a constituency office, but in the meantime people can contact me with constituency issues at my Assembly Office. By writing: Hannah Blythyn AM, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF99 1NA; by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 0300 200 7499