Vikki Howells was elected as an Assembly Member for Cynon Valley for the first time on May 5th 2016. We asked Vikki a few questions as part of our series of interviews with new Welsh Labour Assembly Members.
What will your first priorities be as Assembly Member for Cynon Valley?
One of my first priorities will be to work with partners to develop improved infrastructure throughout the Cynon Valley. Projects such as dualling of the A465, the Southern Cross-Valley Link at Mountain Ash and the South Wales Metro are key to improving the local economy and offering new and enhanced opportunities to Cynon residents. These long-term developments have the potential to deliver transformational change, but it is important we get them right and meeting the needs of local communities.
What are you most looking forward to as an AM?
I am really looking forward to representing my home community of Cynon Valley in the Assembly. I have always lived in Aberdare, and welcome the opportunity to be a strong, visible, community based champion for all Cynon Valley residents.
Can you tell us something not many people know about you?
I once bumped into Nelson Mandela while I was on holiday in Washington DC. It was very surreal! Like many people I class him as a modern day icon, so I feel very lucky indeed to have met him.
How should people get in touch if they want to discuss a constituency issue with you?
You can get in touch by email:- firstname.lastname@example.org, phone:- 01443 478098 or write to me at Bank Chambers, 28 Oxford Street, Mountain Ash, CF45 3HB.