"Local, Experienced, Community Champion for Bridgend & Porthcawl." Carwyn Jones, Former First Minister and Member of the Senedd for Bridgend 1999-2021
I’m Sarah Murphy, your Member of the Senedd for Bridgend and Porthcawl. I was elected to the Senedd on the 6th May 2021, succeeding Carwyn Jones, former First Minister of Wales.
I live in Bridgend with my partner, in the heart of town, surrounded by incredible, close knit communities.
Before being elected, I was the Chair of Sustainable Wales, a charity based in Porthcawl that supports community-based sustainable development.
In March 2020, I founded the Bridgend Coronavirus Support Group to coordinate volunteers, provide accurate information about the pandemic and to be there for one another when times have been confusing, stressful, and lonely. We also raised money for Bridgend Foodbank and Splice Child and Family in Pyle. It’s community efforts like this that truly makes me proud to represent the people of Bridgend in the Senedd.
My grandfather and uncles worked at the steelworks in Port Talbot, and my great-great-uncle is remembered on the cenotaph in Bridgend Town Centre. Being the daughter of a teacher who went to Archbishop McGrath Secondary School, and a mother who was a social worker from the Rhondda Valleys, I grew up knowing how important it is to work hard and give back.
With a Masters in Digital Media from Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture, I worked as a Policy and Research Advisor helping to make workplaces safer and fairer before being elected to the Senedd. Throughout my career I have worked at the Senedd and UK Parliament in Westminster, as well in Seoul, South Korea as a teacher and in London for a global development company.
In my spare time, I am a member of our local litter-picking groups, I love live music and good food with friends and family, and walking my dog, Ruby.
Cross Party Groups (CPG) I am a member of:
*CPGs I have agreed to join that have yet to be finalised
- Active Travel*
- Armed forces and cadets
- Clean Air*
- Industrial communities*
- Long Covid
- Public & Commercial Service Union (PCS)
- Public Transport*
- Women’s Health*