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Jenny Willott

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Jenny Willott - MP for Cardiff CentralJenny was educated at Wimbledon High School before winning a scholarship to Uppingham School. She studied Classics at Durham University and then, following her MSc in Development Studies at the London School of Economics, she became Head of Office for Welsh Liberal Democrat MP, Lembit Opik. Whilst working for Lembit she was elected in 1998 as the youngest councillor on Merton Council, where she sat on the Environment Committee.

Before getting elected in 2005 as the first woman ever to represent central Cardiff, and the first Liberal since the 1920s, she worked for a number of charities. She worked for the children's charity Barnardo's in their Welsh fostering and adoption project, and she was Head of Advocacy for UNICEF UK, part of the UN Children's Fund.

She has also worked overseas, spending part of her gap year living in Switzerland, and later working for a women's organisation in Bihar in Northern India. Immediately before being elected as an MP, she worked as head of Victim Support South Wales, based in Cardiff.

As an MP her work on local issues includes: campaigning against the Council Tax and tuition fees; and for fair pensions for former Allied Steel and Wire workers. She has led the campaign in Parliament for justice for those who received contaminated blood from NHS treatment and has campaigned hard for the Government to invest more in improved energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy. In Parliament, she has been a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee and the Public Administration Select Committee, as well as being a Deputy Chief Whip and Ministry of Justice spokesperson. In 2007 she chaired the Liberal Democrat Welsh Assembly election campaign. In June 2008 Jenny became Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions before being appointed Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Following the 2010 election she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, but she resigned this position in order to vote against the Government over increasing tuition fees. She is now co-chair of the Lib Dem Parliamentary Committee on Work and Pensions.

Jenny's particular interests include poverty, crime, human rights, social justice, environmental and international development issues.


Various charitable organisations, including head of Victim Support South Wales, Chief Researcher for Lembit Opik MP.

Profiad Seneddol

June 2010 - Co-Chair Lib Dem Work and Pensions Committee, June-Dec 2010 PPS for Chris Huhne MP, Jan 2009-May 2010 Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 2008-2009 Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, 2006-2008 Deputy Chief Whip, 2005-2010 Work and Pensions Select Committee, 2005-2010 Public Administration Select Committee.


Music, reading and travelling.

Manylion Cyswllt

Cysylltwch â Jenny Willott.

Diweddariadau Diweddar

  • Erthygl: 2012 Chwef 22

    Commenting on the news that Edinburgh Woollen Mill is to buy Cardiff based clothes store Peacocks Cardiff Central's Liberal Democrat MP, Jenny Willott, said:

    "I am very pleased that a buyer has been found for Peacocks and that so many of the jobs that were under threat have been saved, particularly at the company's HQ in Cardiff.

  • Erthygl: 2011 Tach 30

    Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, has welcomed the announcement in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement that the Basic State Pension will rise by the full amount of inflation.

    The move means that next year around 10,300 pensioners in Cardiff Central will see their Basic State Pension increase by 5.2% at a total cost of over £2.8 million.

  • Erthygl: 2011 Ion 11

    Kirsty Williams, the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has today called on the Welsh government to ensure that Welsh victims of the contaminated blood scandal receive the same compensation as those in England.

    Yesterday, the UK government confirmed that payments to people in England who contacted Hepatitis C as a result of being given contaminated blood products would be significantly increased.

  • Erthygl: 2010 Rhag 16

    Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, has today welcomed the news that no children of failed asylum seekers will be imprisoned this Christmas.

    Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP has announced the immediate closure of the Yarls Wood Child Detention Centre, with moves underway to close all family detention centres which are used to lock up children of failed asylum seekers.

  • Erthygl: 2010 Hyd 10

    Cardiff Central's Welsh Liberal Democrat MP and AM, Jenny Willott and Jenny Randerson today visited the Hollies schoolin Pentwyn and formally opened the new sensory unit which will providefurther support to pupils at the school.

    Funding for the unit was provided by Panasonic PLC and community groups. Jenny Willott MP said: "It is wonderful that Panasonic and other community groups chose to support such an important project in Pentwyn. Jenny (Randerson) and I would like to pay tribute to all the work that staff and pupils do at the school, and we hope that this unit makes life the school day even more enjoyable for the children."

  • Erthygl: 2010 Ebrill 29

    Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Jenny Willott, Cardiff Central parliamentary candidate today visited Cafe Junior in Cardiff to talk to parents about their key priorities of giving children the best start in life and provide more support for families.

    Cafe Junior is a place where parents can relax while children are encouraged to play in a creative and imaginative way.

  • Erthygl: 2010 Ebrill 13

    Jenny Willott, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Candidate for Cardiff Central, has today called the lack of improvement in some indicators of child poverty under Labour 'scandalous'.

    Her comments came after Statistics for Wales released the latest update on the progress made against the Labour-run Assembly Government's Child Poverty Indicators.

  • Erthygl: 2010 Mawrth 6

    Following Sir John Chilcot's admission today of 'frustration' over the Government's unwillingness to declassify certain information, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has called for key documents to be published before Tony Blair's hearing on Friday.

    The documents, which must be made public if the Blair hearing is to be effective, include correspondence between the then-Prime Minister and George W Bush which has already been discussed, but so far remains unseen.

  • Erthygl: 2010 Ion 28

    Today, Jenny Willott, Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central and member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, applauded the recommendation from the Equality and Human Rights Commission for the Government to scrap the compulsory retirement age and extend flexible working.

    Commenting, Jenny said:

  • Erthygl: 2010 Ion 28

    Responding to today's release of the Government's new ICT Strategy, Jenny Willott, Shadow Liberal Democrat Cabinet Office Minister, released figures showing that 33 abandoned and 77 over budget Government ICT projects over the last decade have wasted almost £1.2bn in taxpayer's money and caused a total of 70 years worth of delays.