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29 February 2012

Learner goes into Labour

A former Cardiff and Vale College A Level Government and Politics student, who has severe hearing loss, is now a Vice-Chair of the Labour Society at the University of Bristol and had dinner with South Shields MP David Miliband on his most recent trip to Cardiff.  

Rhian Greaves was diagnosed with severe hearing loss at the age of two after suffering complications from her premature birth. Now, at the age of twenty, Rhian is studying History at the University of Bristol, where she is Vice-Chair of the Labour Society. She is also a youth member of the Labour Party in Wales and the Wales Youth Representative on the National Policy Forum.

Rhian said: “Being a member of the Labour Party in Wales has given me a whole new perspective on life. I take great satisfaction in the achievements that Welsh Labour has carried out in Wales. Living in Bristol makes me value the Welsh Labour Party greatly as divides are apparent between the two countries. Being the Wales Youth Representative on the National Policy Forum has its responsibilities but it is very intellectually stimulating as the voice of Welsh youth is heard nationwide.”

Rhian from Llantrisant, studied on a one year intensive programme at Cardiff and Vale College to gain her A Levels in Sociology and Government and Politics after previously gaining her Human Biology, History and Psychology A Levels. 

Her interest in politics began when she joined Bridgend’s Youth council but it wasn’t until she came to Cardiff and Vale College that she became strongly interested in politics. Rhian said: “Studying Government and Politics at college gave me the push I needed to join the Labour Party and get involved in politics.”  

Rhian left Y Pant Comprehensive School with eleven A*-B GCSEs but decided to go to college to gain her A Levels because of the level of support on offer and the opportunity to gain independence. Helen Wilkins, Operational Manager of the Faculty of Advances Studies, said: “Rhian deserves her academic success due to hard work, commitment and enthusiasm for her studies throughout her time in the College.  She is an example to all our students of what can be achieved.”

Rhian has planned to enter politics as a researcher and become more deeply involved in the Labour Party in order to become an MP and maybe Prime Minister one day. She said: “I hope I can encourage more disabled people to achieve things in life and do well. Meeting David was great. I've met him before during the Labour leadership election almost two years ago. Meeting him for a second time has inspired me to continue with my involvement within the Labour Party and to achieve a successful degree and career.”