Janet Haworth has today taken the oath and been sworn in as an Assembly Member for North Wales. She takes the place of Antoinette Sandbach, following her recent success in Eddisbury at the General Election and will take her seat on the Welsh Conservative benches in the Senedd for this first time next week.
Janet Haworth won her first town and county council seats six years ago. She was then re-elected two years ago for the ward in which she lives and runs her business – a B&B in Gogarth. Janet has experience of working in the public, private and voluntary sectors, having taught in secondary schools in London, Derbyshire, Aberdeenshire and North Wales, worked in an international energy company’s training and development arm and as a personnel and training manager for a charity, working with homeless youngsters and adults. Janet also set up a ‘Return to Work’ programme for women while teaching at an FE college in the South East; only the second such programme in the UK.
Guto Bebb, Member of Parliament for Aberconwy commented:
“I have worked very effectively with Janet, in her role as a County Councillor and she has been very thorough in ensuring that I have been kept in touch with her work in Gogarth ward, Llandudno.
"I am looking forward to working with her as an Assembly Member and I know she will use her life skills and experience to be a strong voice for the residents of North Wales.”
Welsh Conservative Leader, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:
“Antoinette was an extremely committed Assembly Member and I know she has already begun work in earnest within her much deserved new role. We wish her well for the future.
“In Janet, we have another extremely strong voice for North Wales, who I know will work tirelessly for the people she serves.
“Janet has wide experience across a number of fields, including tourism, job creation, education and local government.
“With educational performance failing after 15 years of Labour management, significant mistakes in selling Wales abroad, a local government culture that even the Labour minister says he wants to change and a job creation scheme facing severe criticism, Janet will be a first-class addition to our continued innovative policy development and our on-going success in holding this lazy Labour government to account.
“On behalf of the Welsh Conservative group, I would like to welcome Janet to the Assembly and we look forward to working with her in the future.”
North Wales Assembly Member, Janet Haworth AM, said:
“It is a great privilege to serve the people of North Wales as an Assembly Member and I am committed to continuing the great work of my predecessor.
“The opportunity to provide the strongest possible voice for my region is one that I am relishing and I look forward to working with Welsh Conservatives as we bring forward more innovative and detailed policies for our country.
“Labour’s own Welsh leader has admitted his party is not pro-business, he’s confessed to his party taking its eye off the ball on education and, despite his promises not to downgrade hospitals, that’s exactly what’s happening right across Wales.
“Welsh Conservatives are the only alternative to 15 years of successive – and tired – Labour-led Welsh governments.”