Wales politics

Meet some new members of the Welsh assembly

This month's election returned 23 new members of the Welsh assembly.

More than a third of assembly members are first-time AMs, partly because so many seats changed hands and partly because so many members of the last assembly retired.

They have been swearing oaths, finding their way around Cardiff Bay and starting case work from their constituents.

We asked some of them to introduce themselves, and we will be meeting more in coming days.

Rebecca Evans (Labour, Mid and West Wales)

Image caption Labour AM Rebecca Evans

Why stand for the assembly?

To work to ensure that fairness is at the heart of our policy development and delivery

Most frustrating thing about your first week as an AM?

The long wait to find out which committees I will serve on

What's your poison?

A margarita

First record you bought?

Fight for Your Right to Party by The Beastie Boys

Last book you read?

A signed copy of Baroness Ruth Rendell of Babergh's Grasshopper - won in the raffle at the Rhondda Labour Party's Centenary Dinner

Earliest political memory?

My sister coming home from nursery during the 1983 general election campaign singing a none-too-complimentary song she had learned about Margaret Thatcher

Which current politician do you most admire and why?

Professor Robert Winston - a deeply knowledgeable speaker on science, medicine, education and the arts in the House of Lords, he is also skilled in communicating complex ideas and making them accessible and exciting. He is a great talent

Rugby or football?

Rugby

Beatles or Rolling Stones?

Neither

Hero from Welsh history?

The Davies Sisters, Gwendoline and Margaret. The two sisters from mid Wales amassed one of the great British art collections of the 20th century, and bequeathed 260 pieces to the people of Wales. Cézanne, Pissarro, Turner, Monet, Rodin, Renoir and Manet all feature in the impressive collection which continues to enrich our cultural life

Llyr Huws Gruffydd (Plaid Cymru, North Wales)

Image caption Plaid Cymru AM Llyr Huws Gruffydd

Why stand for the assembly?

Because I feel I can help improve people's lives in north Wales and because I'm not happy to just complain from afar

Most frustrating thing about your first week as an AM?

Having to be in Cardiff and away from my wife and young children

What's your poison?

Guinness or perry, depending on the weather

First record you bought?

Don't You Want Me Baby by the Human League

Last book you read?

Nesa Peth i Ddim, Meic Povey's autobiography

Earliest political memory?

Gwynfor Evans coming to our house for meetings with my father (who was his agent in the 70s)

Which current politician do you most admire and why?

Dafydd Wigley for his energy and tireless commitment

Rugby or football?

Football every time!

Beatles or Rolling Stones?

Beatles

Hero from Welsh history?

Hywel Dda

Russell George (Conservative, Montgomeryshire)

Image caption Conservative AM Russell George

Why stand for the assembly?

Fed up of Mid Wales being ignored and wanting to have a louder voice in the assembly for the place I was brought up and have lived all my life

Most frustrating thing about your first week as an AM?

The lifts that link the Senedd to the offices of assembly members and staff

What's your poison?

Cup of tea

First record you bought?

I'm too young to have ever bought a record

Last book you read?

The last Dan Brown book

Earliest political memory?

Asking my dad "Who is best Labour or Conservative?" He refused to answer telling me to make up my own mind

Which current politician do you most admire and why?

I don't really have one, but maybe Ken Clarke for his enthusiasm

Rugby or football?

Rugby

Beatles or Rolling Stones?

Beatles

Hero from Welsh history?

Robert Owen

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