Safeguard from Scams

Bank transfer scams are one of the latest tricks being used by fraudsters to con people out of life-changing sums of money. Which? Magazine and Chris Elmore MP joined together to warn consumers to protect themselves from scammers. Mr Elmore, who has spoken in Parliament more than once about scamming, said “I’m pleased to be able to raise this important information with constituents. Scamming is becoming more sophisticated and we need to be smarter and more careful.” Evidence gathered by Which? following our super-complaint to the Payments Systems Regulator (PSR) on 23 September has revealed that bank transfer scams have collectively stung 653 people out of a staggering £5.5m.

Safety First When it Comes to Electrical's

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has joined Electrical Safety First in warning to be vigilant against fake electrical goods this Christmas season. Electrical Safety First have warned consumers to be on the lookout of fakes. There has been a huge increase in the number of counterfeit and sub-standard electrical goods coming into the country. And these fakes follow the trends of must-have-items including mobile phones, hair straighteners and games. Chris Elmore MP said: “Some counterfeit items are nearly impossible to spot especially when buying things online. Fake electrical equipment can be dangerous and you should be extra careful.” Electrical Safety First have steps to protect yourself from

Stars in our Schools

School support staff across Bridgend were recognised for the contribution they make to education. Chris Elmore MP joined the teaching assistants and support staff at St Mary and St Patricks Catholic School in Maesteg to celebrate the Stars in our School campaign. Stars in our Schools is a celebration of school support staff and organised by the trade union, Unison. The MP said “These often overlooked members of staff work tirelessly to support children and young people in our schools. They really are a credit to their professions.” November 25 was known as Stars in Our Schools day to highlight the work of staff, including cooks, cleaners and caretakers.

3 out of 4 Blind People Refused by Taxis

Chris Elmore joined Guide Dogs UK to highlight the shocking statistic that three out of four blind people have been refused service from taxis. Although illegal under the Equality Act 2010, 3 in 4 assistance dog owners have been refused entry to taxis and businesses during the last year, with taxi and minicabs reported as the worst offenders. Chris Elmore MP said: “it is an absolute disgrace that discrimination like this still takes place. Education about disability is getting better but this is clear evidence there’s much more still to do.” The emotional impact of facing discrimination takes a significant toll on disabled people, leading to a loss of independence and confidence and making i

End Abuse to Shopworkers

Chris Elmore MP has joined with the members of the retail union Usdaw to call for an end to abuse in the workplace. As part of the Freedom From Fear Campaign, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff, Usdaw members are highlighting the problems faced by staff during Respect for Shopworkers Week, which runs from 14 to 20 November. Chris said: "Too often retail employees are confronted with violence, threats and abuse whilst serving the public. It is really important we stand together and ask people to keep their cool and respect shopworkers, especially as we approach the busy Christmas shopping period. "I was personally shocked to hear about the abuse tha

Chris Elmore’s Westminster Eye

I’ll be honest, I’ve had to change what I was writing about this week following the floods on the weekend. The weather has caused huge problems across the Constituency and I spent most of Sunday knocking doors, chatting with residents and offering help to those families and businesses affected in Maesteg. Many families devastated by the flash flooding have been left with thousands of pounds worth of damage to their homes and lost possessions, including many irreplaceable items. It was heartbreaking listening to people talk about the impact of what has happened. Over the coming days, I’ll be working with Bridgend Council and Valleys to Coast Housing to offer as much help as I possibly can

MP Opens Up About Being Bullied

The MP for Ogmore has opened up to fellow sufferers of bullying by recording a video saying he himself was bullied. This week is anti-bullying week and MrElmore spoke about his experiences of being bullied and how people should not suffer it alone. In the video, posted to the Counselling Directory website, Mr Elmore says that it’s not unusual to be bullied, sadly. He advises that keeping bullying to yourself is not healthy and to share your worries with others. The MP said “I hope by sharing my experience that I can spread awareness and if I help one person then it’s worth it. I’d like those being bullied feel they can come forward. If this video helps that, then great.” Anti-bullying week r

Chris Elmore’s Westminster Eye

Firstly, I hope everyone is enjoying the festive period. As the Christmas season is upon us I’d like to reflect on the last year. Firstly, again, I want to thank you all for electing me as your new Member of Parliament in May. It is an enormous privilege to represent you in Westminster. It is fair to say there has been a considerable amount of political turbulence during 2016. We’ve had various political events from the UK electorate’s decision to leave the European Union, with the complexities of Brexit which have followed to the election of President-elect Donald Trump, with many political, economic and social commentators speculating on the international impact his Presidency will bring.

MP Welcomes Girlguides to Parliament

Chris Elmore MP welcomed a group of 20 young people from Girlguiding UK and UpRising to learn more about MPs and their work in Parliament. Speaking at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s event for Parliament Week, representatives from both groups were encouraged to learn more about the workings of parliament and how they can become more involved with the political process. The event was also an opportunity for young people to ask questions to Chris and other MPs about their day-to-day work in parliament and how they first became involved in campaigning. Chris Elmore MP said “I think Parliament week is incredibly important to make sure people know what we do here in Parliament. Mo

MP and AM Visit New Nursery

Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM visited new business award nominee Sadie and Frank’s Nursery this week. The business, that opened at the beginning of the year, was nominated for start-up business of the year at the Bridgend Business Awards 2016 after opening the new nursery in Nantyfyllon. Mr Elmore and Mr Irranca-Davies joined owner Morna Manson for a tour around the facility, meeting staff and children. Chris Elmore MP said: “Morna and the team have done exceptionally well and have set up a wonderful nursery. It really is a fantastic facility.” Huw Irranca-Davies AM added: “I’m delighted that Sadie and Frank’s has opened its doors in Nantyfyllon. Morna and her nursery manager Lou

MP visits Maesteg foodbank

Chris Elmore MP visited Maesteg foodbank this week. Mr Elmore, who opened Pencoed foodbank earlier in the month, visited volunteers and was taken around. The MP said: “The foodbanks are a lifeline for some of the most deprived people in our society. These volunteers who give up their free time are absolutely brilliant and deserve a lot of credit.” The Maesteg foodbank is open every Friday from 11 am to 2 pm.

Big Energy Saving Week to Help Residents Cut Their Energy Bills

Chris Elmore MP is backing a campaign to help local people save money on their gas and electricity ahead of the winter months. Big Energy Saving Week (31 October - 6 November) is run by Energy Saving Trust (EST), Citizens Advice and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and aims to help people cut their energy bills. New figures released ahead of the campaign show that households could save an average of £300 a year by switching energy supplier, but many aren’t aware of this. Of the 13.6 million households who didn’t switch last year, 60% said it was because they believed they were already on the cheapest tariff available. Chris Elmore is supporting Big Energy Sa

Foodbank opens in Pencoed

On Monday Chris Elmore MP, Huw Irranca-Davies AM along with Councillor Richard Williams and Mayor (and Councillor) John McCarthy opened the Pencoed food bank run by the Trussel group. Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Chris Elmore MP said upon opening the food bank: “I have mixed feelings opening the food bank today. I’m delighted that those who need it most can access a lifesaving service in Pencoed. However, I’m truly sad that food banks even need to exist in this day and age.” Huw Irranca-Davies AM added: “The volunteers are due

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