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Children of alcoholics, Leanne Wood

Interview with Leanne Wood the leader of Plaid Cymru, growing up a child of alcoholics, women and the general election in Merthyr Tydfil.

Woman's Hour has invited the leaders of seven political parties to talk about their manifestos and what they would do for women. Today it's the turn of Leanne Wood the Leader of Plaid Cymru.

The last in our week-long series about being the child of an alcoholic. A listener we are calling Karen, grew up with an alcoholic father who stopped drinking when she was 22. She is now 35. Liz lived with an alcoholic mother until she was 14. Karen and Liz have been friends since they met at work in their late twenties. They discuss the support their friendship has given them with their experience of growing up with an alcoholic parent.

On this month's edition of Late Night Woman's Hour, Lauren and guests are talking about ageing and asking whether it's ever something we can truly make peace with. Miranda Sawyer, Michele Hanson, Ruby Hammer and Helen Small reflect on the widening gap between how we feel inside and how we look outside as we get older.

The election is in two weeks time. We've been to Merthyr Tydfil to ask women there about what's on their mind when it comes to casting their vote. And we speak to Arwyn Jones, the BBC's Welsh Political Correspondent about why six seats in Wales don't have a woman on the ballot.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Leanne Wood
Interviewed Guest: Michele Hanson
Interviewed Guest: Miranda Sawyer
Interviewed Guest: Ruby Hammer
Interviewed Guest: Helen Small
Interviewed Guest: Arwyn Jones.

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45 minutes


  • Leanne Wood

    Duration: 14:49

  • Children of Alcoholics 5

    Duration: 13:35

  • Late-Night Woman’s Hour Trail

    Duration: 03:48

  • Election Talk- Merthyr Tydfil

    Duration: 06:54

  • Arwyn Jones

    Duration: 04:55


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest Leanne Wood
Interviewed Guest Michele Hanson
Interviewed Guest Miranda Sawyer
Interviewed Guest Ruby Hammer
Interviewed Guest Helen Small
Interviewed Guest Arwyn Jones


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