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Jenny Willott MP

MP for Cardiff Central.

Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you find it interesting. This page is a brief introduction about me and the work that I do as your MP. To keep up to date with the work I am doing you can look at the 'Jenny's News' and 'In Parliament' sections. You can also sign up for regular email bulletins of my latest news. If you want to ask anything or if there is anything I can help you with, then you can send me a message on the 'Your Views' page.

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My Biography

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Background

I was born and raised in Wimbledon, in South West London. I went to Wimbledon and Uppingham school before attending Durham University, where I studied Classics. After completing my degree, I studied for an MSc in Development Studies at the London School of Economics. During this time I developed a strong interest in issues like overseas development, human rights and social justice.

I moved to Cardiff in 2000, and I now live in Roath.

Post-University Career

Since leaving university, I have worked both in politics and for charities. In the Liberal Democrats, I worked both in the Welsh Assembly and Parliament, where I became the chief researcher to Lembit Opik MP.

I have worked for Barnardo's, Unicef UK, and for a charity in Northern India. Before I got elected to Parliament, I was head of Victim Support South Wales.

My work within these various charities really spurred me on to want to change things. That is why I began to get even more involved in politics, until I got elected to Parliament. When I was 23, I was elected as a councillor in Merton. I'm now committed to working hard to move Cardiff Central and Wales as a whole forward.

In Parliament

I was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central at the 2005 General Election. Since then I have been working hard in Parliament for Cardiff Central residents.

I have helped a number of local individuals and groups, such as the victims of the Allied Steel and Wire pensions case. I have campaigned against building more nuclear power stations in Wales, the Council Tax, tuition fees, ID Cards, and closure of post offices. I have also campaigned for the Government to invest more in renewable sources of energy and to introduce tougher legislations to tackle climate change.

Since July 2005, I have been a member of the Public Administration Committee and a member of the Work and Pensions Committee. Between 2006 and 2007, I was the Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs. I was a Whip and a Deputy Chief Whip between 2006 and 2008. In 2008, I was Shadow Minister for Justice and then became Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. From January 2009 to the 2010 General Election, I was Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, overseeing issues related to the Cabinet Office and also areas of policy for which there is no department with an appropriate portfolio.

I was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central at the 2010 General Election.

From May 2010- December 2010 I was PPS to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. I resigned from this post in order to vote against the increase in tuition fees. I was also the Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Work and Pensions from the General Election until February 2012. in February i was appointed as a Deputy Government Whip.

In the constituency

Since 2005, I have been working hard on a wide range of local issues in Cardiff. I have campaigned against the rise of private parking charges, against the proposal to fill in Llanishen reservoir to build houses, and recently against the closure of Police stations. Currently, I am strongly supporting campaigns against the closure of the historic Vulcan pub in Adamsdown and the closure of the Lifelong Learning courses in Humanities at Cardiff University.

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