Rosemary Butler, a member of our ward party for more than forty years, has been made a Dame in the New Years honours list. Rosemary became a Newport Councillor for the Caerleon ward in 1973, went on to become Assembly Member for Newport West in 1999, and was elected as Presiding Officer of the National Assembly in 2011. Her award is for public services, particularly for her work on promoting the role of women in public life.
“This isn’t just my work and I want to thank all the people I have worked alongside over many years. I am passionate about encouraging more women into public life and I’ve worked with some incredible people who share this passion,” she said.
“The recognition is as much for those individuals who have worked tirelessly for no extra pay or reward, as it is for me. This honour is also for my family who have lovingly supported and encouraged me over the years. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Our warmest congratulations to Rosemary!
She was also congratulated by the South Wales Argus in their December 31st edition:
“TODAY we send our warmest congratulations to Rosemary Butler, named as a Dame in the Queen’s new year honours list.
In our view Mrs Butler is a worthy recipient of the honour.
She has been a remarkable servant to Newport during more than 40 years as a local politician.
Mrs Butler had been a Labour councillor for Caerleon since the early 1970s before she was elected to the National Assembly when its was created in 1999. She has been the AM for Newport West since then.
Throughout the Assembly’s existence she has been one of its central figures, whether as a minister, committee chair, or in recent years as Deputy Presiding Officer and then Presiding Officer.
Mrs Butler succeeded Dafydd Elis-Thomas in 2011, becoming the Assembly’s second Presiding Officer and the first woman to hold the role.
For many people across Wales and the wider world, Rosemary Butler has become the face of the Assembly.
This newspaper has always had a good relationship with Mrs Butler. We do not share all her views, most notably we disagree with her opinion that the Assembly should have more AMs.But we recognise the wonderful service she has given to the people of Caerleon, of Newport, and of Wales, for more than four decades.
And we are delighted to be one of the first to say congratulations to Dame Rosemary.”