I'm Sophie Howe, local Labour councillor for Whitchurch and Tongwynlais and Assembly Candidate for Cardiff North — and this is my blog. I hope to be able to update you regularly on the work I'm doing in Cardiff North and would love to hear from you if you've got issues you want to raise with me.
I wanted to give people in Cardiff North an opportunity to get to know more about me and what I stand for. So what better way than a blog?
I've been a councillor for six years, and during this time I've taken up many local and city-wide issues. The focus of my Assembly campaign will be on the family. Labour has already achieved a lot for the family:
- the minimum wage
- child tax credits
- Child Trust Funds
- increases in maternity leave and pay
- the introduction of paternity leave and pay
- funding for nursery places for every three-year-old
- funding for childcare places
- and bringing a million children out of poverty
As a working mum with two children and a third due in March, I know what a difference these policies have made to families — but there is much more to do and I would like to make a contribution to this in the National Assembly for Wales.