Ogmore MP hails Pontycymer charity following Mayor Award’s recognition

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has congratulated Pontycymer charity Community Furniture Aid (CFA) for their award success this week. The charity, who supply household goods to re-housed homeless people, were nominated by the MP for their outstanding community work. The MP said: “I’m delighted that the charity have won the award. They’re a superb asset to the county and a real life save for some. The volunteers who run the CFA are dedicated and incredibly hard working. I really am pleased they’ve got the recognition they deserve.” The charity have been running from the Gothic church in Pontycymer and supply people with a full range of furniture from white goods to duvet covers. Community Furnitur

Ogmore MP Promotes Suicide Prevention On Public Transport

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore joined the Samaritans in promoting suicide prevention on the transport network this week. Currently, 13,000 rail staff have received training through a programme which aims to help staff prepare for, and recognise, when and how they can intervene if someone looks like they may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. The Ogmore MP said: “It’s important we promote suicide prevention and indeed make sure staff are trained in spotting the suicidal thoughts. I’m pleased to support the Samaritans in their work with workplaces in skilling staff. Nobody wants to be suicidal and the more of us who are skilled in knowing the signs the more people can, hopefully, be helped.” The Sa

Count Them in Urges Chris Elmore and the British Legion

Chris Elmore and the British Legion joined forces on the Count them In campaign this week. The campaign is trying to locate former service personnel and calling on the government to include a question on future censuses so service people can be found more easily. As it stands there is limited, data available concerning former service men and women. The profile, needs and location of former service personnel are patchy, something the British Legion and the Ogmore MP want to rectify. Chris Elmore said: “The legion is calling for changes to future censuses to provide more detail so they can continue their fantastic work. It’s hard to argue against this principal at all. The country has a res

Chris Elmore joins ‘Dying to Work’ campaign to protect terminally ill workers

Chris Elmore MP joined TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign which is seeking to change the law to provide additional employment protection for terminally ill workers. Dying to Work was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Chris Elmore said, about the campaign: “It is shocking to think that if people with terminal illnesses are dismissed or forced out of their jobs that their loved ones will lose the death in service payments that the employee has planned for and earned through a lifetime of hard work.” “That is why I am proud to support this campaign and I hope something will so

MP Congratulates Local College in Parliament

Chris Elmore MP congratulated Bridgend College on its Further Education Beacon Award in Parliament this week. The college, which has campuses in Pencoed and Maesteg as well as Bridgend, won their third Beacon award. The MP used business questions in the House of Commons to ask the government to join him in congratulating the college and asked for a debate to discuss and highlight the importance of colleges to our communities. The MP said: “It’s not only important to our communities but in allowing anyone, of any age, the opportunity to learn and succeed; colleges are a pillar in our education system. With Bridgend College, we have a sector leader.” The leader of the house joined the Ogmor

Chris Elmore makes Earth Hour pledge for climate change

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has signed up to support WWF’s tenth Earth Hour by making a special pledge to help protect the planet. The world is changing – fast – and it’s never been more important to show support for action on climate change. Chris Elmore joined WWF at the House of Commons this week to show they care about the future of our planet, ahead of the global lights out event, taking place on Saturday 25 March at 8:30 pm. Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore said: “I am delighted to support WWF’s Earth Hour this year to demonstrate how important it is that we take climate change seriously. I am proud to be a member of a parliament which has set ambitious targets to reduce our carbon emissio

Older Persons Commissioner Joins AM and MP at a Coffee Morning

MP Chris Elmore and AM Huw Irranca-Davies welcomed the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, to Anwen Care Home in Pantyrawel to discuss with residents, and other pensioners, issues they’re facing. The trio welcomed pensioners to come and join them for tea and biscuits to discuss the challenges facing older people. Issues from I.T to care, from local provisions to mobility were discussed with the pensioners. Chris Elmore MP said: “It was great to welcome Sarah to the coffee morning and I’m grateful to the brilliant staff at Anwen Care Home for welcoming us all. The issues covered today just show that pensioners cannot be painted with a broad brush. The issues are vast and we

Chris Elmore MP’s District Diary Column

Both locally and in Westminster it’s been really eventful to say the least in recent weeks. With Article 50 and International Women’s day and a new Llanharan bypass now looking more deliverable than ever before. I’ll start by talking about International Women’s Day. During the debate in Parliament I outlined the accomplishments of local women as well as the issues we still face. I was one of a handful of men in Parliament to contribute to the International Women's day debate. More men must use the platforms they've been given to speak up for a more equal society. We shouldn't hide away from the realities of what inequality means for women and the impact it has on us as country and beyond.

Chris Elmore's Westminster Eye

In recent weeks there has been a brief Parliamentary recess in order for MPs to spend time in their constituencies, not to travel to London and of course spend time with family. I’ve learnt in my brief time as the Member of Parliament for Ogmore that there is a considerable misconception by some that recess means a holiday for MPs. I’m sure readers will understand that couldn’t be further from the truth. Of course, MPs do take holidays, but in the main recess periods are used to visit community groups, schools, businesses and spend additional time supporting constituents through advice surgeries; holding coffee mornings and so on. During the recent recess (the week before the school half-

Two Life-Saving Defibrillators For Llanharry Village

Dedicated staff at the Spar and Post Office Llanharry have worked hard raising funds to acquire two defibrillators for the village of Llanharry. Ogmore representatives Irranca-Davies AM and Chris Elmore MP visited the store with the local Councillor Barry Stephens to meet with the staff and praise their efforts. Huw Irranca-Davies AM commented: “It’s great to see Llanharry village having this essential life-saving piece of emergency equipment available for residents. Well done to the staff of the Llanharry Spar and Post Office who have worked tirelessly in raising funds to purchase, not one but two defibrillators, their hard work really has paid off.” Chris Elmore MP stated: “It is a shocki

Philip Hammond Ignores Wales Again

Chris Elmore MP has a slammed Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond of ignoring Wales in the budget today again. With no mention of the tidal lagoon, north Wales growth plan and no confirmation on the electrification of the rail line to Swansea, the Chancellor has come under fire. Mr Elmore said: “The Tories’ economy is rigged in favour of a privileged few who aren’t paying their fair share. We’re in the slowest recovery since the 1920s and there’s nothing for Wales in the Government’s plans. The 0.3% budgetary increase is insulting.” Since 2010 the Welsh Government’s budget has been cut by 8% in real terms.

Ogmore MP Pays Tribute to Local Women on International Women’s Day

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore used a debate in Parliament to outline the accomplishments of local women to commemorate International Women’s Day. The MP used the debate to speak about the influential women in the area including Author Norah Isaac (from Caerau) who was the first woman to be a head teacher at a Welsh medium school and Sian Lloyd (from Maesteg) is one of the countries longest serving forecasters having spent 24 years at ITV weather. Mr Elmore went on to say that despite success which should be celebrated, that there was still a lot to do. He said: “I was one of a handful of men in Parliament to contribute to the International Women's day debate. More men must use the platforms t

Chris Elmore MP pledges to tackle loneliness amongst older people

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, supported the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness Older People Spotlight at a launch event this week in the House of Commons. The commission outlined practical steps people can take to tackle loneliness amongst older. As part of the Commission’s spotlight on older people, nine organisations – Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, British Red Cross, Campaign to End Loneliness, Eden Project Communities, Gransnet, Independent Age, Royal Voluntary Service and The Silver Line – are working collaboratively to raise public awareness of loneliness and encourage everyone to act to tackle it. With Age UK research showing that 1.2 million older people are chronically lonely[i], and

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