VALE of Glamorgan AM Jane Hutt has made the first in a series of speeches in the Welsh Assembly paying tribute to inspiring local women, to mark 100 years since women gained the right to vote.

Ms Hutt took the opportunity to praise 19-year-old Hannah Tuck, from Barry, who last year became the youngest ever railway chaplain in Britain.

"In the centenary year of women's partial suffrage, I'd like to pay tribute to inspiring women from my constituency in the Vale of Glamorgan," said Ms Hutt.

"Hannah has been appointed to this role covering the railway network in Wales and the Marches. I already knew Hannah before she was appointed to this role as a leading member of the Vale youth forum and a young carer.

"In her new role, Hannah has already supported two train drivers who witnessed people taking their own lives and has helped ticket staff who have been abused by passengers. Hannah was appointed by a Christian charity, but she says faith is not the focus of her work. She says, 'Obviously, we chaplains all have our faith, but what's important is that we're supporting people who need it.'

"What an inspiring young woman of Barry and of Wales."