New Year Message from Chris Elmore MP

Firstly, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Since my last article, I’ve been around the constituency visiting and supporting various events and social occasions, including OAP Christmas lunches, announcing the winner of my Christmas Card Competition, charity events and numerous concerts. It was a huge pleasure joining both the Llanharan OAP lunch and the Llanharry dinner. I missed a few due to my parliamentary commitments but I would like to say thank you to all the volunteers and residents who made all the dinners a huge success and good fun. Without volunteers, groups like these wouldn’t survive. Everyone should be commended for giving up their free time: especially ar

Pencoed College Visit

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore and AM Huw Irranca Davies visited Bridgend College, Pencoed campus this week to congratulate the college on a historic year. The campus, which secured the Urdd Eisteddfod for 2017, welcomed the MP and AM and showed him round the ‘double excellent’ awarded college. The Ogmore MP said: “What a year for Bridgend College. Securing the Urdd Esiteddfod next year, improving their qualification rate from 77% to 85% and being awarded a ‘double excellent’ award from Estyn is truly outstanding. “The college should be extremely proud of their achievements this year. The staff, students and Principal are hugely dedicated.” Inspection body Estyn praised the further education college

Christmas Jumper/Save the Children

Chris Elmore MP and his staff swapped suits for jumpers today to support Save the Children’s Christmas jumper appeal. The staff and MP will be donating money at their end of year Christmas meal to the charity. Chris Elmore MP said: “It’s a bit of fun for a very important cause. My team and I are very happy to be ditching our normal office wear for jumpers and (more importantly) donating some money to the charity who work tirelessly all year round to give support to Children who don’t have and can’t support themselves.” 16th of December was Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day to ‘get silly for a serious cause’. So far (as of December 15th) the charity had raised £75,210. To donate

Credit Union Visit

With borrowing at its highest point around Christmas time, with one in five taking credit to pay for food, Chris Elmore MP joined staff from Bridgend lifesavers Credit Union to promote responsible saving and borrowing. Mr Elmore said: “saving and using the credit union is much simpler and better for customers than using traditional methods of credit. The credit union means that people are much less likely to get into financial difficulties. Responsible borrowing and saving is so important. The credit union are fantastic for exactly this.” To find out more of the credit union visit Bridgend Lifesavers website http://www.blscu.co.uk/.

MP joins campaign to beat #givingtuesday World Record

The global day of giving known as #givingtuesday took place on 29 November and Chris Elmore MP was at Parliament to celebrate local charities in backing the campaign. In 2015 #givingtuesday broke a Guinness World Record for the most online donations in 24 hours as people gave £35 million to good causes globally. Online donations raised £6,000 a minute for UK charities. The event was the top trend on Twitter throughout the day with more than 100,000 mentions using the hashtag. Celebrities and politicians including Stephen Fry, JK Rowling, Gary Lineker and Tom Daley backed the campaign in an attempt to beat the 2015 record. #Givingtuesday now runs in over 70 countries including the US, Canada,

MP Joins Pensioners for Christmas Lunch

MP Joins Pensioners for Christmas Lunch Ogmore MP Chris Elmore surprised OAPs with visiting their annual dinners. The MP joined in the festivities in Llanharan and Llanharry. Chris Elmore said: “It’s a lovely part of my job being able to sit down have some fantastic conversations with residents and have a lovely Christmas dinner! “The volunteers have done a wonderful job and both events, really were superb.” Both dinners were set up by the OAP groups (Llanharan and Llanharry).

Government Refuse to Give Clarity for Businesses Effected by Brexit

Businesses have been left threatened by uncertainty as the Government refused to give them guarantees post-Brexit. The Government today refused to answer three simple questions on the effect that leaving the EU will have on businesses. The refusal came after questioning from Labour MP Chris Elmore who led a Westminster Hall debate on the impact of leaving the EU on businesses in Wales. In the debate, Chris repeatedly asked for clarity on three specific points: 1. Will the government guarantee to replace post-2020 EU funding that has not yet been underwritten by the Treasury? 2. What steps will be taken to ensure there is not a training shortage in Wales once we have left the EU? 3. How wi

Chris Elmore’s Westminster Eye

Firstly, before I start my main column, I hope that everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all enjoy the New Year’s festivities. With 2016 coming to an end, a year which has had some iconic moments, to say the least. The seemingly endless number of celebrity deaths, the Welsh Assembly Election and the Referendum which saw the UK vote to leave the EU. All news stories, all have implications on our lives and all will be what 2016 is remembered for one way or another. 2017 has many challenges, the main one that springs to mind is that of what a Brexit Britain looks like. I actually led a Westminster Hall debate on the impact of leaving the EU on businesses in Wales. I was disappo

Hollie’s picture chosen for MPs Christmas card

Hollie Davies from Dolau Primary School has won this year’s Christmas card competition from MP Chris Elmore. Hollie, aged 9, won the competition of 29 schools to become the first winner of the competition. Hollie was announced the winner at an event held in Dolau Primary on Friday attended by the Ogmore MP; local Councillor Roger Turner and chair of Governors Barry Stevens. Hollie was given a present from the MP which will be opened on Christmas day as well as a gift voucher. Chris Elmore MP said: “it was a pleasure to announce Hollie the winner, the design is really brilliant. I was overwhelmed by the uptake of the competition and the standard of designs that the children have shown was exc

MP Joins Bridge FM’s Christmas Toy Appeal

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore joined Bridge FM’s Christmas toy appeal. The appeal is to help children around the Bridgend county borough who go without Christmas every year. The Ogmore MP said: “Bridge FM’s toy appeal is a brilliant campaign to help those who won’t have the Christmas most of us expect and take for granted. Following last year’s ‘best ever’ year for the Bridge FM appeal I’m delighted to help to try and beat last year’s record!” In 2005 over 1,500 toys and gifts were donated. The appeal is in its twelfth year. To donate toys and gifts to the Christmas toy appeal pop along to your local Co-op food stores.

Chris Elmore MP supports better energy for Ogmore

On Wednesday, Chris Elmore MP showed his support for the ‘Big Switch’ - a collective energy switch for people in Ogmore. The MP attended a ‘collective switching event’ organised by campaign group 38 Degrees to encourage more people to move their gas and electricity away from the ‘Big Six’ to smaller, cheaper energy providers. Chris Elmore MP added his support alongside 61,000 38 Degrees members who have pledged to move their gas and electricity providers, including 101 in his constituency. Chris Elmore MP says: “I’m committed to doing all I can as an MP to help my constituents get the best energy deals available. This is an issue that lots of us in Ogmore care about so I’m highlight

LOCAL MP TO HELP DRIVE CHANGE FOR DOG WELFARE

This week Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, invited a host of MPs and Peers to celebrate its 125th anniversary at its annual House of Commons reception attended by Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore. Dogs Trust or the National Canine Defence League was founded in 1891 by socialite Lady Gertrude Stock and a small group of fellow dog lovers. With 125 years of successful animal welfare campaigning under its belt, Dogs Trust is now looking to the future, and to help raise awareness of the issues the charity will be focusing on over the next year, MPs and Peers were invited to pose for a photo in the ‘driving seat’ of a 1920’s Dogs Trust animal ambulance. Chris Elmore MP for Ogmore sa

MP’s Care Package for Posties

Chris Elmore MP turned Santa this week as he delivered a small gift to Royal Mail staff. The MP visited the Maesteg sorting office to say thank you for the extended work at this incredibly busy time of year. The MP took an assortment of biscuits to staff who will be working round the clock to make sure cards, presents and everything else gets to families on time this Christmas. The MP for Ogmore said: “I’m always amazed by the sheer volume of post that goes through post offices this time of year. Maesteg isn’t a huge sorting office, but the volume of parcels and letters I saw last week was incredible. I hope the treats I gave the team will help to keep energy up! They really do work exceptio

MP and AM Help Foodbank Collections for Busy Christmas Period

Ahead of the Christmas period the Foodbank welcomed MP Chris Elmore and AM Huw Irranca-Davies to their collection in Tesco Maesteg. The Foodbank are expecting record uptakes this Christmas. The Trusell Trust, who run the foodbanks, have recently opened a new foodbank in Pencoed and run banks in Maesteg, Aberkenfig, Bettws, Caerau and Ogmore Vale. They serve those who have been let down by the system and cannot afford to feed themselves and their familes: including many who are in work. Chris Elmore said: “It was a pleasure joining the fantastic volunteers of Trussell. I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of people during these collections. We collected two cages worth of food in an hour and a

Cardiac Risk in the Young

MP Chris Elmore has joined Cardiac Risk in the Young in cardiac awareness week. Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) aims to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death. Mr Elmore said: “I have a nephew with a cardiac condition and I know what stress and worry that can have on the effect of not only the child but the parents and family too. The simple fact that screening has been shown to lead to an 89% reduction in sudden cardiac death just shows how vital it is we make parents aware of it.” 80% of deaths occur with no symptoms. CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac c

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