Wales must do more to create opportunities for young people outside of its cities, according to Senedd member Delyth Jewell.

Speaking after her re-election as a Plaid Cymru regional member for South Wales East, Ms Jewell said her priority during this Senedd term was to support young people as Wales emerges from the pandemic.

“I want there to be more opportunities for young people to stay in the areas where they are from,” she said.

This includes “being able to buy or rent homes and having job opportunities so people don’t feel like they have to move to Cardiff or further away in order to get those opportunities".

“There are so many things that are encompassed in that – making sure there are enough jobs, and good quality jobs, for young people to have," she added.

"And I want to make sure that there are support services there for young people, in terms of mental health support, making sure that they’re able to not feel like this year has been lost.”


Tackling child poverty is another key issue for this Senedd to address, Ms Jewell said.

“We still have a situation where one in three children in Wales – and that’s even worse in some of our communities – live in poverty,” she said. “We need to stop that. There’s nothing inevitable about that needing to happen.

“I will be considering it my mission to be holding the Welsh Government to account to make sure that we eradicate child poverty.”

Since the election, first minister Mark Drakeford has made repeated pledges to work collaboratively and consider "bold" ideas for Wales, regardless of which party puts them forward.

Ms Jewell said she had "never shied away" from holding the government to account, but welcomed signs the Senedd would seek cooperation and collaboration.

“Where I see that [the Welsh Government] are doing things well, I will say they are doing things well," she said. "Where there are areas that they need to improve, I’ll point that out too because I think I’d be failing the constituents of the region if I didn’t do that.

“There have been issues where I think it is important to be able to find consensus and to work across party lines and I’m sure, and I hope, there will be opportunities for us to do that again.

“I’m really loyal to my party, but I’ve never been a tribal person. If there are ways in which we can do something by working constructively across party lines, let’s do it.”