My Glamorgan Gem Column - August 2017

Glamorgan Gem Column – Chris Elmore MP On Rail Infrastructure, the Tories are as silent as Big Ben The summer silly season is most definitely upon us with the hysteria which has ensued following the silencing of Big Ben. MPs – granted from both sides of the political divide – have seemingly been devastated by this news and appear to want to do anything to ensure the bell keeps chiming for the next four years. It seems fairly obvious to me that with the amount of issues facing the communities across my constituency and indeed around the UK, the question as to whether a bell in London chimes every fifteen minutes pales into insignificance. Big Ben isn’t the only example of things going quiet t

Parc Slip Commemorations: 125 Years on

125 years after the disaster at the Parc Slip Colliery near Tondu, Bridgend, the local community came together to commemorate the tragedy. An explosion, thought to have been caused by a faulty mining lamp, took the lives of 112 men and boys working at the mine. Local politicians including Ogmore Member of Parliament, Chris Elmore, Assembly Member, Huw Irranca-Davies, and Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, Councillor Huw David, attended the memorial event on Saturday. Stating at 8:20am, marking the exact time the explosion occurred, local residents took part in a guided walk to commemorate those who lost their lives in the disaster. Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore commented: “125 years on, it

"We've been DUPed by the Tories out of key rail infrastructure" - my piece in Labour L

We've been DUPed by the Tories out of key rail infrastructure Chris Elmore MP writes for Labour List We’ve become accustomed to u-turns under Theresa May’s premiership. It’s more than slightly ironic that a woman who recently lauded herself as providing “strong and stable” leadership has turned out to be one of the most indecisive prime ministers in living memory. I think the summer recess has shown where her priorities lie: commenting on the silencing on Big Ben whilst remaining mute on the issues which are having a real impact on communities up and down the country. The people of South Wales – and indeed in the Midlands and the North of England – would very much welcome one further u-turn

Congratulations to all GCSE Students

Following on from the successes of last week’s A-Level results, I wanted to extend my sincere congratulations to all those students picking up their GCSE results this week. Results day can be a stressful time for many. Have I done enough to go to college? Have I got the grades to go to sixth form? Is the job I’m taking right for me? It’s important to remember that no matter what grades you found in your envelope, there is always a way of following your aspirations if you try hard enough. I would like to wish you all the best of luck if you are seeking employment or continuing with further study. From visiting many of your schools, I am confident that the array of talents I have witnessed wil

The Parc Slip Disaster: 125 Years On

This Saturday marks 125 years since the mining explosion which killed 112 men and boys at the Parc Slip Colliery near Tondu. 60 women were widowed and 153 children lost their fathers on this terrible day, which is thought to have been caused by a faulty Davy lamp. One and a quarter centuries later, it’s vitally important that we continue to remember those who sadly died or were injured in the tragedy. Events like this are a stark reminder of the value of the protections we now enjoy in the workplace and at home. This weekend our thoughts will be with the relatives of those who lost their lives in such dreadful circumstances. Our thanks to the Parc Slip Memorial Committee who built the memori

22 South Wales MPs urge UK Government to "stop letting Wales down" over Rail Investment

In a joint letter to Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, and Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales, all 22 South Wales Welsh Labour MPs have accused the UK Government of “causing Wales to be left behind”. The letter notes the broken promise on rail electrification, unwillingness to provide funding for Welsh rail enhancements, and refusal to confirm funding for the Wales and Borders franchise, as evidence of the UK Government’s neglect. The 22 MPs, each representing South Wales constituencies, have called on the Government to reconsider their broken promise on electrification, including the funding of rail upgrades, and to honour the funding agreement made with the Wel

My District Diary Column - August 2017

District Diary Column August 2017 The start of Parliament’s summer recess has been a great opportunity for me to get out and about across the constituency and to visit some of the places I’m not always able to because of my commitments in Westminster. Last month, I was delighted to attend Pencoed Comprehensive School’s production of Chicago. The pupils performing in the show put on an incredibly professional spectacle which showcased the talent that the young people have across our communities. Pencoed Comprehensive is also going to be undergoing change over the summer with David George moving on as Headteacher of the school. I’d like to thank Mr George for the sterling job he has done in Pe

Congratulations to all A-Level Students

I would like to send my sincere congratulations to all A-level students receiving their results on Thursday 17th July and wish them every success in their future careers. Whether you’re about to go to university, start an apprenticeship, enter employment or have a little time out, you can all be proud of the hard work and effort that you have put in to allow you to get to this stage. Finishing your education at sixth form or college can be a daunting time, and whether or not you have been able to achieve the results you had wanted to, there are still many options available to you as you progress through to your next steps. There is always support available and I’m sure that your schools/coll

"We must be ambitious to end HIV in the UK", says Ogmore MP

MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has affirmed his support for those living with HIV in calling for a bold and ambitious approach to tackling the virus. Mr Elmore met with the Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru this week, which is a charity committed to ending the transmission of HIV and to allow those living with the immunodeficiency to lead happy and healthy lives. Chris Elmore MP commented: “We must take a holistic approach: whilst our medical knowledge has significantly improved in the last decade, we must now look at the long-term benefits of changing the way we teach all generations about sexual health”. An estimated 101,200 people are currently living with HIV in the UK. Of these, 13 per cent ar

Chris Elmore MP Promotes September Advice Surgeries

Chris Elmore, Member of Parliament for Ogmore, has released the dates for his next set of Advice Surgeries. The Ogmore MP makes himself available all over the constituency and during September, his surgeries are in: Maesteg, Llanharry, Pencoed, Bettws and lastly in Cefn Cribwr for a special “Smart Energy Advice Surgery”. Constituents are advised that they can always get in touch with Chris by contacting his office on 01656 860 034 or by emailing if they have issues to raise with him but are unable to attend surgeries.

Can’t Beat the Llanharan Horticultural Show, says Ogmore MP

MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, enjoyed attending the Llanharan Horticultural Show last Saturday. Mr Elmore presented prizes to the winners of the show alongside County Borough Councillor and Cabinet Member, Geraint Hopkins, Chair of Llanharan Community Council, Councillor Chris Parker, and Assembly Member for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies. Commenting on the event, Mr Elmore said: “This was yet another amazing year for the show: outstanding produce, flowers, art work, a culinary section and much more”. This year’s show was the 48th successive display of horticultural excellence to be hosted in Llanharan and saw competitors from the surrounding communities compete for an array or prizes on offer. C

Ogmore MP and AM to Hold Smart Meter Advice Event

Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM, who both represent the Ogmore constituency, are promoting an exciting opportunity for local residents. The Ogmore MP and AM will be holding a joint Advice Surgery on Friday, 22nd September 2017 to allow constituents to gain more information about the rollout of smart meters across Wales. The event is being held in collaboration with Smart Energy GB and Cefn Cribwr Young at Heart. Mr Elmore commented: “With the weather starting to turn, September is often the time of year which can be a worry for many with energy bills being so high. Huw and I are delighted to be holding this special surgery with Smart Energy GB to make sure constituents can get the

Ogmore MP Follows Cefn Cribwr's History

The Member of Parliament for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, uncovered Cefn Cribwr’s proud industrial and railway history this week at the open day of the village’s signal box. The annual event, which is always well-attended by residents from the surrounding area, was gifted with blue skies this year as budding historians delved into Cefn Cribwr’s industrial past. Chris Elmore MP commented: “It’s great to see so many people of all ages learning about Cefn Cribwr’s past – both from a historical and a cultural perspective”. A wide array of cakes were available to purchase for those who sought to discover more about how the village came to be what it is today. Mr Elmore continued: “I’d like to thank all

"Beware of Unknown Quarry Dangers", warns Ogmore MP

MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has warned constituents not to swim in nearby quarries or other open water stores over the summer months. Mr Elmore said: “Every year, around 400 people die across the UK after swimming in our operational and disused quarries – I want to ensure people are aware of the very real dangers involved”. The Ogmore MP is supporting the Stay Safe Stay out of Quarries campaign which is seeking to raise awareness of the, often hidden, dangers of jumping into and swimming in quarries and similar inland bodies of water. Some of the unknown dangers of such activities include: cold shock due to the often freezing nature of the water, hypothermia, submerged or abandoned machiner

"Theresa May must stump up the cash for Broadband", blasts Ogmore MP

Nearly 40 per cent of residents living in the Ogmore constituency have poor access to high speed internet access, a new report has shown. The MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has expressed his anger at the report’s findings and has called on Theresa May to supply the cash for additional broadband. The Ogmore MP blasted: “Time and time again, we hear the UK Government saying that they’re going to improve broadband infrastructure but yet again Wales is being left behind”. The report was compiled by Which? and highlighted that Wales experienced some of the worst broadband speeds across the whole of the UK. Mr Elmore’s Ogmore constituency was ranked as having 38.9 per cent of households with broadba

My Glamorgan Gazette Column - July 2017

Glamorgan Gazette Column Chris Elmore’s Westminster Eye If the 2017 General Election illustrated one thing, it’s that young people were energised by politics in a way which is becoming increasingly, and worryingly, uncommon. More than half of 18-24 year olds turned out to vote on June 8th, which is a 16% increase on the 2015 General Election. There is clearly still more to be done to encourage young people to become more engaged in politics. I was delighted last month when the Welsh Government announced proposals to extend the right to vote in Welsh local elections to 16 year-olds. Alongside this, the proposals include: electronic voting, changing the day of polling day from a Thursday, and

My Glamorgan Gem Column - July 2017

Glamorgan Gem Column Not Just a Broken Promise: A Betrayal The summer recess has come to mean one thing over the past seven years: more bad news for Wales from the Tories. This year was no exception. Many MPs had been looking forward to taking a little time out and to spend more time in their constituencies over the parliamentary recess. It seems the UK Government had decided that this was a good time to sneak out as much bad news as they could to try to catch us on the back foot. In all, the Tories snuck out a whopping 22 written statements about various different issues with one clear theme in common: bad news. Perhaps the most shocking statement was from Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of St

Ogmore MP Discusses the Future of Steel with TATA

The Member of Parliament for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, met with TATA Steel Hub Director, Jon Ferriman, to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Port Talbot plant. During the meeting, Mr Elmore was updated on the company’s operations along with discussions regarding the plans for a sustainable future for the plant and its employees. Chris Elmore MP said: “TATA Steel provides skilled employment for many of my constituents and it’s vital that the company continues to feel able to have a base in Port Talbot”. Steel production began in Port Talbot in the 1920s but has faced challenges in recent years with rising competition from international markets. The Ogmore MP added: “It’s vital th

"Nominate Today to Celebrate Wales' Diversity", says Ogmore MP

Chris Elmore, Member of Parliament for Ogmore, is appealing to constituents to enter nominations for the Welsh Diversity Awards being held next year. The awards, which aim to create a new generation of positive role models for young people of all backgrounds across Wales, were created following the highly successful National Diversity Awards and the Excellence in Diversity Awards. Chris Elmore MP commented: “I know there are hundreds of individuals, businesses and community groups which would be fitting of a nomination to this fantastic awards event – get your nominations in today!”. There are fourteen categories open for nominations, including the Welsh Cultural Icon Award, the Positive Rol

Evanstown Fun Run Brings Whole Community Together

Chris Elmore, Member of Parliament for Ogmore, attended the Evanstown Fun Run this week which saw children and their parents running in what has become a popular annual event in the local calendar. Mr Elmore commented: “It’s great to see the whole community coming together and getting active. It’s yet another fantastic activity being put on throughout the summer months”. The Ogmore MP presented medals to the youngsters participating in the event alongside Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Councillor Margaret Teg, and Chair of Gilfach Goch Community Council, Councillor Allun Warren. Chris Elmore MP added: “We must always encourage young people to take part in sport and it’s fantastic to see so many

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