Thursday, 7 July 2011

A Parrott in the Welsh Assembly!

That's Eluned Parrott, the Welsh Assembly's newest member, of course!

After what has been a fraught few months for the Welsh Liberal Democrats, culminating in the vote on Aled Roberts' re-instatment to the Assembly yesterday, I think it's time as a naturally glass half-full type, to accentuate the positive.

Eluned Parrott AM
Eluned Parrott AM
Few outside of Welsh Liberal Democrat circles are likely to have been aware of Eluned before her sudden elevation to the Assembly as she swore her oath yesterday as John Dixon's replacement. But this excellent article from today's Western Mail shows that she has bags of experience not only in the real world as a community engagement manager at Cardiff University but also, as a mother of two young children.

As a young 30 something with worldy experience, she has a particular passion for education and will be an excellent addition to Kirsty Williams' team in Cardiff Bay.

An essential character trait as she enters the Assembly alongside Peter Black and that collection of ties, will be a sense of humour! But we're ok because as Eluned herself explained when saying that she enjoys sport, she "is a very poor cricket player" but I'm nevertheless confident that she'll be bowling a few googlies towards her political opponents over the years to come!

Good luck Eluned. The Welsh Assembly's South Wales Central region, comprising as it does the constituencies of Cardiff Central, Cardiff North, Cardiff South and Penarth, Cardiff West, Cynon Valley, Pontypridd, Rhondda and the Vale of Glamorgan are I'm confident, in safe and capable hands.

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