Bethan Jenkins

Bethan Jenkins

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name=Bethan Jenkins AM

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birth_place = Wales
office = Assembly Member
constituency=South Wales West Region
term_start =2007
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predecessor = Janet Davies
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party = Plaid Cymru

Bethan Jenkins (born 9 December 1981 in Aberdare, Wales) is a Plaid Cymru Member of the National Assembly for Wales representing the South Wales West Region.


Bethan Jenkins grew up in the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil where her parents were involved in the anti-apartheid movement of the 1980’s and early 1990’s.

Her brother is the journalist and broadcaster Ciaran Jenkins.

She is a former pupil of Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen, near Pontypridd. Her father is the poet Mike Jenkins, a previous winner of the John Tripp award. As well as being politically active, she enjoys music. Bethan was in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales for three years, and the Welsh lanuage folk/pop band Gilespi. Bethan also enjoys sport, and was a Lifeguard for many years. She now lives in Rhos, Pontardawe.

Aberystwyth Guild of Students

Bethan studied International Politics and International History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Through student politics, she was elected to the Aberystwyth Guild of Students executive, first as Women’s Officer, then as Campaigns, Communications and Equal Opportunities Officer. In 2004, she was elected as Guild President.

Cymru X

Whilst working as President of the Aberystwyth Guild of Students, Bethan saw Plaid Cymru suffer defeat in Ceredigion. After leaving Aberystwyth University, Bethan worked in the office of Leanne Wood AM and used her contacts there to set up the organisation Cymru X. Cymru X launched the first ever interactive text referendum on a Parliament for Wales, as well as campaigns against nuclear arms. Glyn Wise from Big Brother fame also took part in a campaign alongside Cymru X to encourage young people to vote prior to the National Assembly election in 2007.

2007 National Assembly of Wales elections

In March 2006, Bethan Jenkins was selected as Plaid Cymru's lead candidate for the South West Wales Regional list and was duly elected in the subsequent elections of May 2007. At the age of 25, she was the youngest Assembly Member elected.Fact|date=May 2007

Bethan is Plaid Cymru's Child Poverty Spokesperson at the National Assembly and sits on the Equal Opportunities Committee and the newly formed Petitions Committee. She is chairperson for the Assembly's Cross Party Eating Disorder Group.

External links

* [ Bethan Jenkins' blog]
* [ Bethan Jenkins' Official website]
* [ Plaid Cymru]

Office held

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