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Chris Elmore MP joined Councillor Barry Stephens on a tour of small businesses around Llanharry.

The MP visited several small shops and high street services to discuss the local economy and the challenges facing business in the near-future. Mr Elmore spent the morning meeting business owners and staff as part of his ongoing commitment to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

Mr Elmore said: “It’s vital we do everything we can to support local businesses. I’m delighted that these enterprises are thriving and that Llanharry’s local economy continues to grow.”

Councillor Barry Stephens added: “Business is booming in Llanharry – It’s great to see Llanharry continuing to buck the high street trend by retaining so many small businesses. Long may it continue”. 

 

 

Chris Elmore MP Talks Sustainable Futures for Llanharry Businesses

Chris Elmore MP joined Councillor Barry Stephens on a tour of small businesses around Llanharry. The MP visited several small shops and high street services to discuss the local economy...

Bridgend College celebrated winning their third Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award with a celebratory dinner held at the Seasons Restaurant last week.


The award, dubbed the Oscars of the Further Education world, was given to the college for Development of Transferable Skills. At the event Simon Pirotte, Principal of the College, was awarded the prize cheque by AQA’s Simon Davies who sponsored the award. They were joined by Ogmore MP Chris Elmore as well as Leader of the Council, Cllr Huw David.

Mr Elmore said: “to be awarded this award for the third time truly is a testament to the staff, students and everyone involved in Bridgend College. The achievement is remarkable and Simon and the team should be very proud.”

 

The award was given to Bridgend College at an event at Parliament on the 8th of February which Mr Elmore also proudly attended.

 

Third AoC Beacon Award Win for Bridgend College

Bridgend College celebrated winning their third Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award with a celebratory dinner held at the Seasons Restaurant last week. The award, dubbed the Oscars of the...

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore joined OAP group Young at Heart at their monthly meeting with them hosting a Q&A of the new MP.

 

Mr Elmore was asked about a number of issues from the death of Jo Cox, Brexit and the WASPI campaign to scamming, rubbish and the abolishment of wigs in the House of Commons. The MP enjoyed a warm reception from the pensioners who were keen to listen to the MP.

 

Chris said: "I really enjoyed my afternoon with Young at Heart. They're a superb group of women. They do a lot of good work. I even enjoyed the Q&A grilling!"

 

The group met at the Green Hall in Cefn Cribwr on Friday where they enjoyed tea and biscuits as well as the Q&A.

 

Chris Holds Q&A with Young at Heart

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore joined OAP group Young at Heart at their monthly meeting with them hosting a Q&A of the new MP.   Mr Elmore was asked about a...

I wanted to give you an update on my Women Against State Pension Inequality campaigning here in Westminster.
PMQs

At Prime Minister’s Question Time earlier this month I took the campaign straight to Theresa May. I raised the case of Dianah Kendall, a Pencoed hairdresser whose planned retirement age has been pushed back from this year to 2022. Mrs May replied that nobody will see their pens...ion age change by more than 18 months. This simply isn't the case – for Dianah it’s 5 years!

Parliamentary Group Election

I was delighted to be elected this month as the Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality for Women. I cannot wait to get started and continue the campaign along with the incoming co-chair Carolyn Harris MP.

8th March Demo

On Wednesday 8th March there will be a WASPI protest in Westminster. If you fancy coming along a few campaigners from Ogmore have organised a coach. The coach will be leaving Sarn at 7AM and once the demonstration has finished, it will be leaving London at around 4PM. If you are interested in joining the trip, you can speak to either Jocelyn (07739005441) or Gene (07922535378).

E-petition ***Please Share***

Please sign WASPI's e-petition which is calling on the Government to implement optional early drawing of a reduced State Pension for women born in the 1950s. After you've signed it, please give it a share!
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/185026

As always if you have any suggestions on how we can further the campaign do get in touch!

WASPI/WASPI Voice Campaign Update

I wanted to give you an update on my Women Against State Pension Inequality campaigning here in Westminster. PMQs At Prime Minister’s Question Time earlier this month I took the...

Nantyfyllon Primary school left school books behind and joined Members of Parliament for the day.

 

The school visited Ogmore representative Chris Elmore in Parliament and were given a tour of the historic building and got to ask the MP questions. The school are the first to be welcomed by the relatively new MP to Parliament.

MP, Chris Elmore said: “it was my absolute pleasure to welcome the kids from Nantyfyllon Primary to Parliament. They were fantastic! They were engaged and brilliantly behaved. A great example.”


Schools can have a free tour and even claim subsidies for travel costs if they want to visit Parliament and could even incorporate other activities into their London trips. Information can be obtained at Chris Elmore MP’s office.

Nantyfyllon Primary Welcomed to Parliament

Nantyfyllon Primary school left school books behind and joined Members of Parliament for the day.   The school visited Ogmore representative Chris Elmore in Parliament and were given a tour...

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore and AM Huw Irranca-Davies welcomed over fifty community groups to their funding advice day last Friday, 10th February. 


The duo welcomed fourteen funding providers from the Big Lottery Fund, BAVO, Prince’s Trust to Bridgend County Borough Council at Pencoed Rugby Club to talk to groups about what funding may be available to them.

Mr Elmore said: “I’m thrilled that the event has had such a big uptake. There are some really positive noises coming from these conversations and I hope the groups have found the advice useful."

AM Huw Irranca-Davies added: "It's great that we are able to put these events on for groups and give them tailored advice to their requirements".

The event attracted over 100 people from various groups from across the constituency who were able to speak to funders on their specific projects. 

The success of the event has had calls on social media from groups for it to be an annual occurrence.

Funding Advice Day Success

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore and AM Huw Irranca-Davies welcomed over fifty community groups to their funding advice day last Friday, 10th February.  The duo welcomed fourteen funding providers from the Big Lottery...

Llanharan residents joined forces to clean up their community.  Joined by Llanharan Councillor Geraint Hopkins and Ogmore MP Chris Elmore MP, the residents joined forces to clean the village on Saturday morning.

 

The litter pick was supported by Keep Wales Tidy and the 60+ residents collected well over 100 bags of rubbish. 

 

Mr Elmore said: “The community spirit here is fantastic and it was an absolute pleasure to join the residents and keep Wales tidy in their litter pick. Very well done to all.”

Cllr Geraint Hopkins added: “It’s very disheartening that so many people think it’s acceptable to drop rubbish. But it’s equally heartening that so many people are giving up their free time to make our community a better place.”

Over 60 Residents Unite for Community Litter Pick

Llanharan residents joined forces to clean up their community.  Joined by Llanharan Councillor Geraint Hopkins and Ogmore MP Chris Elmore MP, the residents joined forces to clean the village on...

Chris received notification that HSBC intend to close their branch in Maesteg in May.

This is a huge blow to Maesteg high street and local business and the Ogmore MP intends to meet HSBC in the coming weeks to discuss the decision.

HSBC have informed me that they will be transferring all accounts to the Port Talbot branch (7 miles away) once the Talbot Street branch shuts.

Mr Elmore is "deeply concerned" about this news and asked the government to clarify the banks responsibility to local communities.

 

HSBC in Maesteg to close (video)

Chris received notification that HSBC intend to close their branch in Maesteg in May. This is a huge blow to Maesteg high street and local business and the Ogmore MP...

Prime Minister Theresa May today refused to help partially blind hair dresser Dianah Kendall after her planned retirement was pushed back from September this year to 2022 after UK Government legislation.

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore bought Dianah’s case to Parliament today in Prime Ministers questions and was pushed back by the PM. The issue, which affects women’s pension age, has been fiercely campaigned against by the organisation WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality). 


The Bridgend WASPI group have marched to both Cardiff Bay and Westminster to get justice and now the Ogmore MP has raised it at Prime Minister’s questions.

Chris said: “I brought Dianah’s case to Theresa May today and was appalled that not only did she dismiss the case but also appeared to bend the facts.  

“Mrs May said that nobody will see their pension age change by more than 18 months. This simply isn’t the case. Some women are waiting more than 4 years. In Dinah’s case 5! I would like to know where the Prime Minister is getting her facts from.”

 

Dianah was lucky to be alive after a shock brain haemorrhage left her partially blind but has continued to run her business Just Cuts in Pencoed and now faces an agonising five extra years before she can retire having made plans for September 2017.

 

Prime Minister Refuses to Help Pencoed Hairdresser After Brain Bleed

Prime Minister Theresa May today refused to help partially blind hair dresser Dianah Kendall after her planned retirement was pushed back from September this year to 2022 after UK Government...

Evanstown Community Garden is in need of investment if it is to survive in years to come. 

 

The garden, which has become a social hub for Evanstown, needs the investment to repair planting beds and new compost. 

 

The site is on top of a former housing site and requires fresh compost in order to grow. The garden has united the community and has attracted volunteers and garden users of all ages. It requires only a small amount of investment for what will guarantee the continuation of the garden.     

 

Chris Elmore MP, on visiting the volunteers, said: "What Mark Street has done here is truly fantastic. They've turned a site that was used for fly tipping and an eye sore into a community hub for all ages. I'm hopeful they can achieve their fundraising potential. I've invited the group to a funding advice day I'm hosting and hope it's useful for them."

 

 

Community Garden Needs Money To Continue

Evanstown Community Garden is in need of investment if it is to survive in years to come.    The garden, which has become a social hub for Evanstown, needs the investment to...

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