Chris Elmore MP Praises Welsh Government's Plan to Give Young People a Voice

The Member of Parliament for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has welcomed the Welsh Government’s proposals to extend the right to vote at local elections to 16 year olds. The Ogmore MP commented: “whilst the UK Government continues to ignore young people at every turn, I’m delighted to see the Welsh Government proposing to give 16 year olds a bigger stake in our democracy”. Mark Drakeford AM, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, recently announced the move alongside proposals to: introduce electronic voting, permit voting at places other than traditional polling stations, and holding polling days on different days of the week. Chris Elmore MP added: “the Welsh Governmen

"No Power Grab Away from Wales", says Ogmore MP

Chris Elmore, the Member of Parliament for Ogmore, has blasted the Government’s future plans in a debate concerning the future of Wales following June’s General Election. During the debate, Mr Elmore raised concerns about the legislative powers which the Government may fail to devolve to the Welsh Government following the accession of the Repeal Bill in Parliament. Following the debate, Mr Elmore commented: “this poses a real constitutional issue moving forwards – the UK Government must not take back control of powers and then keep them all in Westminster. Wales must not play second fiddle to Tory backbenchers”. The Ogmore MP also raised two key omissions from the recent Queen’s speech: the

Ogmore MP Continues Fight for State Pension Equality

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has been re-elected as the Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality for Women. The group aims to seek justice for the hundreds of thousands of women born in the 1950s who have had their state pension age raised with little or no notification from the Government. Chris Elmore MP said: “it’s fantastic to see real momentum growing behind this important cause from all political parties – we must deal with this injustice as soon as possible”. The ever-prominent Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign are working closely with Members of Parliament from across the UK to encourage the Government to compensate those who ha

My Latest Glamorgan Gem Column

Chris Elmore’s Westminster Eye Two Elections in 12 months – what now? As the dust settles on what has been the fifth election for the people of Ogmore in just three years (sixth for those in Ogmore Vale!), I’d firstly like to thank everyone who supported my re-election, as your MP. I will continue to work for all constituents, always being your voice in Parliament. What the election has taught us is that Theresa May does not have the support she arrogantly thought she had. The mandate she expected for her harsh reforms to social care, a reverse on foxhunting and the re-introduction of grammar schools in England were all rejected by the electorate. Although Theresa May remains Prime Minist

Swansea Electrification U-Turn an Insult to Wales slams MP

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has slammed the Conservative government on the U-turn over Swansea electrification. In a speech made in Parliament, the MP said that the Government have failed the people of South Wales. The condemnation occurred when earlier in the day the Conservative government announced that Swansea would no longer be getting electrification, despite stating otherwise on numerous occasions. The move comes as yet another flip-flop emerges from Theresa May’s government including on increase on National Insurance payments for the self-employed, a cap on the Dementia Tax and even the decision to have the general election itself. Mr Elmore said: “It’s an absolute insult. We’ve b

Chris Elmore MP Gets Preview of New £10 Note

Local MP Chris Elmore joined the Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland, to find out more about the new £10 note featuring the world-renowned author Jane Austen. The Ogmore MP tested the new tactile feature on the £10 note which helps blind and vision impaired users identify their value – a first for Bank of England banknotes. The tactile feature is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). This is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired people; the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palette

Hearing Loss Shouldn’t Create Employment Barriers Says MP

Local MP Chris Elmore attended joined Action on Hearing Loss’ campaign to break down the barriers that people with a hearing loss face when trying to stay in employment. This week the charity presented its recent report Working for change: Improving attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace to MPs, which urged businesses and Government to work closer together to help people with a hearing loss to find and stay in work. Chris Elmore MP, said: “Currently there are 11 million people in the UK having hearing loss with almost five million who are of working age, a number set to rise steadily due to the ageing population. It’s been great to join Action on Hearing Loss’ work supporting people with

MP Joins Welsh Manager in Award Ceremony

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore joined Chris Coleman in congratulating Garth Primary School this week in an award ceremony at the school. The two awards, the Healthy Schools Scheme Quality Award and the Unicef award for Rights Respecting School Award, were given to the school in a ceremony that included a speech from Wales manager Chris Coleman who was joined by coach Kit Symons in a Q&A sessions with the pupils. Chris Elmore MP said: “These awards are not easy to achieve. The school has worked incredibly hard for 15 years to be awarded this fantastic award. Pupils, staff and governors deserve a huge amount of credit.” He added: “It was great for Chris Coleman and Kit Symonds to come to Garth and

MP Becomes Age Champion

Chris Elmore MP pledges to speak up for older people at Age UK’s ‘Age Champions’ annual reception. Mr Elmore, MP for Ogmore, met with older people from across the country at an event in Parliament organised by the charity Age UK. The Age Champions event was the charity’s annual summer reception and highlighted the challenges of an ageing population and opportunities in later life. MPs heard how they can tackle issues affecting older people across the country, including loneliness and isolation, social care and the importance of a decent income. The MP said: “I’m delighted to work together with organisations like Age UK with a view to ensuring that every older person can live with dignity an

Chris Elmore MP Summer Advice Surgeries Released

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has released dates for his summer advice surgeries. The MP, who was elected in 2016, will be all over the Ogmore constituency listening to the concerns of residents. Mr Elmore said: “People don’t need to make an appointment, just turn up if there are any issues I can help with. If they can’t make any of the surgeries they can get in touch with me via email or call my office.” Chris Elmore’s email address is and his Pencoed office number is 01656 870 034.

Gazette Column – Nice to get back to the community work

As the dust settles on what has been the fifth election for the people of Ogmore in just three years (sixth for those in Ogmore Vale!), I’d firstly like to thank everyone who supported my re-election, as your MP. I will continue to work for all constituents, always being your voice in Parliament. With the elections over, it’s nice to get back to working with community groups and tending to the needs of constituents. It’s been a busy time since the election and I was pleased to open the Pencoed summer fair at Bridgend College. Maria and the team should be very proud of an event that goes from strength to strength each year. I was delighted to attend the Maesteg Children’s choir on Frida

Pontycymmer bus stop gets the green and gold treatment

Volunteers and politicians picked up their paint brushes this weekend as AM Huw Irranca-Davies and MP Chris Elmore joined Pontycymmer volunteers to paint the bus stop on Oxford Road. The duo joined local Councillor Rod Shaw and volunteers in painting the run down bus stop in the colours of the local rugby team (Pontycymmer RFC). Cllr Rod Shaw said: “It’s a great project which gives life to the area for very little cost. Thank you to everyone for their support. I hope to organise more community events just like this.” Chris Elmore MP said: “What a fun morning! Great set of people and something as simple as a lick of paint really does give it a new lease of life.” Huw Irranca-Davies AM ad

Honey Pot Open for Business

Ogmore duo Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM attended the opening of the new Honey Pot Tea rooms in the Bear Inn in Llanharry. The pair enjoyed some pastries from the pastry chef, as well as tea and coffee. The tea room opened on Saturday July 30th. Ogmore MP Chris Elmore said: “What a fantastic tea room. Lovely staff and surroundings with (most importantly) excellent tea and cakes! A real jewel in Llanharry’s crown.” Huw Irranca-Davies AM added: “To see a business diversify, and to do so in such a professional way is great. A really superb afternoon tea.” The AM and MP wish the new licensees every success in running both the ‘The Bear’ and the Honey Pot Tea rooms. The tea room is

Y Bont’s brilliant bake off

Bridgend charity Y Bont held their annual bake-off competition this week asking politicians Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM to judge the event. The pair joined Y Bont, a charity that works with disabled children, for their afternoon tea and fundraising event. It’s the second time the politicians have judged the event. Chris said: “It’s a pleasure to be back at Y Bont to support the charity. Easting cake and supporting a great charity – it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it! Well done to all the staff – a superbly organised event.” Huw added: “My thanks to all at Y Bont for the wonderful work they do. A superb event. I’m still full!”

Brynna Carnival – Huge Success Again says MP and AM

Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM joined Brynna Councillor Roger Turner, Llanharan Communities Councillors and countless volunteers in enjoying the festivities of the Brynna Carnival this weekend. The trio enjoyed the glorious sunshine as the community enjoyed the activities on display. Chris Elmore MP said: “There really was lots of fun on offer at the Brynna Carnival this weekend. Huge thanks and congrats to Brynnau Primary PTA, Llanharan Community Council and all the volunteers who organised such a fantastic community event.” Huw Irranca-Davies AM added: “From a bouncy castle slide, rides, barbecue and much more! I’m sure this was the busiest carnial to date. A superb event for

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