A CHAMPION of inclusion has flown the Rainbow flag for Barry and Wales in Westminster, London.

Former Barry and District News editor Sue Vincent-Jones was one of 30 LGBT activists invited to a garden party at 10 Downing Street, by prime minister Theresa May, in recognition of their contribution to diversity and inclusion.

The Welsh Government communication specialist has been recognised for her success as co-chairwoma of PRISM, the organisation’s award-winning LGBT+ staff network

She was joined by fellow Welsh campaigner Karen Cooke, chairwoman of the Cardiff University Network Enfys, at the reception which took place during Pride in London week.

The event included activists from across the country plus guests like Lord Randall, defence minister Penny Mordaunt and Larry the 10 Downing Street cat.

Ms Vincent-Jones, who is stepping down as PRISM co-chairwoman in August after five years, said: “I am truly humbled to have been included as one of the LGBTI activists striving to make a difference in both our workplace and wider community.

“I am also immensely honoured that Stonewall’s chief executive Ruth Hunt put my name forward.

“Massive thanks to her, and Stonewall, in both Wales and the UK, for their constant help, support and friendship.

“Thanks also, of course, to Welsh Government for giving me the time, space and support to do this vital work.

The Welsh Government has been shortlisted in the diverse company category of the Inclusive Companies Awards and Ms Vincent-Jones also used the London trip to represent PRISM at the Bloomberg event. T

They have also been recognised by Pink News and are up for two LGBTQ Awards - the organisation in the public-sector category, and Ms Vincent-Jones in the role model category.

These shortlists were also announced at a Westminster reception – with a Cardiff event to follow at the Senedd next week hosted by two of the first openly gay Assembly Members Jeremy Miles and Hannah Blythyn.

Ms Vincent-Jones added: “All in all, this has been a very successful week for both this Barry girl and PRISM.

“Thanks so much to all those members that work tirelessly to make our organisation a fairer place to be.

“Awards and accolades may not be the ultimate marker of how fair the organisation is but it is always an honour, and an achievement, to be recognised for the role we play within the civil service, and wider.”