Elections 2016: Welsh Assembly elects first ever openly LGBT members

Hannah Blythyn and Jeremy Miles have been praised as LGBT role models following their wins

Siobhan Fenton
Friday 06 May 2016 07:35
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Hannah Blythyn is the member for Delyn
Hannah Blythyn is the member for Delyn

The Welsh Assembly has elected its first ever openly LGBT politicians.

Labour candidate and former LGBT Labour co-chair, Hannah Blythyn, has won the Delyn constituency. She won the seat with 9,480 votes, giving her a majority of 3,582.

Jeremy Miles has also won the Neath constituency.

Shortly after her victory was announced, Ms Blythyn tweeted: "Thank you to all those who have put their faith in me- it will be a privilege to serve you as your assembly member."

Ms Blythyn has previously described how lesbians in the workplace face a "double glazed glass ceiling".

Stonewall Cymru Director Andrew White was among those who tweeted their congratulations to Ms Blythyn following her election.

Shortly after he added "You wait 17 years for an openly gay Assembly Member, then two come along in an hour! Congrats Jeremy Miles."

In 2000, Plaid Cymru's Jaci Taylor became the first openly lesbian mayor in Wales.

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