My Glamorgan Gazette Column - November 2017

Glamorgan Gazette Column | November 2017 Chris Elmore's Westminster Eye The real headline of Phillip Hammond’s Budget last week was a spell of gloomy economic forecasts. The downgrading of projected GDP growth, alongside falling productivity and the ever rising level of national debt illustrates how this Tory Government’s economic policy lies in tatters. To top off this uncertain economic picture the Chancellor gave a pitiful £1.2 billion to Wales; part of which must be repaid to the Treasury. This money also has significant constraints as to what it can and cannot be spent on. At such a vital crossroads for our railways across Wales, the Chancellor completely failed to address the funding c

Standing Room Only at Pension Justice Event

In excess of 100 local women came together in Sarn to discuss the campaign against State Pension inequality for women born in the 1950s last week. The event, organised by Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, brought together women from across the constituency who had been impacted by the issue and heard from guest speaker, Carolyn Harris MP. Attendees were updated on the campaign and encouraged to get involved at both a local and national level. Mr Elmore commented: “I’ve tried to contact all women affected by the changes brought in by the Tory-Lib Dem government’s changes to the State Pension age for women to ensure they are well informed. It’s great to see so many local women standing up to ensure the

Local MP Gets into the Festive Spirit in Llanharan

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, attended Llanharan’s annual Christmas Fayre last week alongside local residents. The event, held at Llanharan Welfare Hall, was free to enter and included a Santa’s Grotto, craft stalls and a lantern workshop. Mr Elmore commented: “The Llanharan Christmas Fayre is always a highlight in my diary. It was great to see so many familiar faces having a great time with their families and friends at this special time of year. Many thanks Sarah Liney, Maria Thomas and to all the volunteers who put on this fantastic day!”. The local MP even had the opportunity to visit Santa and took part in a carol sing-a-long. Mr Elmore continued: “It’s always a relief to hear that I’m not o

Pupils on Top Form at Nantymoel Primary, says Local MP

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, visited Nantymoel Primary School last week to watch their remembrance assembly. Pupils at the school recounted the events of World War I in front of their parents and the Ogmore MP. Mr Elmore commented: “It’s really positive to see young people engaging with remembrance in this way. It’s vital that young people develop a clear understanding of the sacrifices made by so many of our armed forces in the past and, indeed, today.” The local MP was then given a tour of the school by a group of Year 6 pupils. Mr Elmore continued: “I’d like to thank Mrs Jones, all of the teaching and support staff and, of course, the pupils, for giving me such a warm welcome. Nantymoel P

BBC Wales Well Worth The License Fee, says Ogmore MP

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has expressed his support for the TV license fee during a debate in Parliament. Citing Doctor Who and Casualty as pr ime examples of BBC Wales proving its worth to viewers, the local MP highlighted the regional services which were available as a result of the current system. Mr Elmore commented: “The BBC is a Great British institution which goes from strength to strength. The regional services they provide and the support they give to S4C is constantly expanding and this is very positive to see.” MPs were debating a public petition in Westminster Hall which questioned why the license fee remained in place. Mr Elmore continued: “If you look at the amount of money a li

Chris Elmore MP Responds to #Budget2017

The real headline of Phillip Hammond’s Budget is a spell of gloomy economic results. The downgrading of the GDP forecast, alongside falling productivity and rising debt, shows this Tory Government’s economic credibility lies in tatters. To top it all off, the Chancellor made a pitiful offer of £1.2bn to Wales. Part of which must be repaid to the Treasury, and contains straining barriers on what it can be spent on. At such a vital time for our railways in Wales, the Chancellor completely failed to address the funding concerned expressed by colleagues of all parties in recent months. No u-turn on the cancellation of rail electrification West of Cardiff, no confirmation of the funding agreem

My Glamorgan Gem Column

Glamorgan Gem Column | Chris Elmore MP Child Poverty is Set to Soar: The UK Government Needs to Wake Up A leading UK think tank has found that the number of children living in poverty will rocket to a record 5.2 million over the next 5 years. This will mark a reversal of the progress made over the past two decades. Behind this statistic, one thing is clear: the UK Government must act to prevent this situation from happening. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that the reasons behind this lie at the government’s door. Freezing benefits, the haphazard introduction of Universal Credit and new rules on child tax credit claims are causing a surge in child poverty. This situation is set to

Local MP Talks Brexit With Young At Heart

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, paid a visit to Cefn Cribwr’s Young at Heart Group to discuss various issues including Brexit and Immigration. Mr Elmore commented: “I always enjoy getting out and about and talking to community groups and local residents. I’d like to thank Enid Lloyd and all of the members of the Young at Heart group for welcoming me back to their weekly meeting.” Mr Elmore recently held a Smart Energy Advice Surgery with the group to help them find out more about the roll-out of smart meters. 18 months on from the EU referendum, Mr Elmore is trying to talk to as many local residents as possible about the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in order to gain their views. The local MP continu

Anonymous Mental Health Sufferer Causes Policy Change

A woman suffering from mental health issues has caused a health board to change the way it communicates with patients after approaching her local MP. The individual, who approached Chris Elmore MP anonymously, raised concerns about how mental health patients on waiting lists were not currently contacted between their initial letter placing them on the list and a treatment becoming available. In response, Mr Elmore approached Cwm Taf UHB to ask what steps could be taken to improve communication between the health board and those on the waiting list. Cwm Taf have since acknowledged that the present system meant that patients were not contacted prior an appointment being available. Since receiv

Ogmore MP Discusses Ways To Tackle Hunger and Food Waste

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, met with FareShare Cymru this week, a charity which seeks to reduce food waste whilst tackling food poverty. Mr Elmore received a tour of the charity’s South Wales Distribution Centre in Cardiff before discussing the ways through which the organisation’s reach could be expanded to help more people. Mr Elmore commented: “FareShare Cymru really is an amazing charity. I’m pleased they’re working with four local charities and community projects in my constituency to give those in need wholesome food whilst also countering the scourge of food waste which for years has become a stain on our society.” It is estimated that between 25,000 and 30,000 meals have been provid

Ogmore MP Visits Mobile Cancer Care Unit

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, recently visited Tenovus Cancer Care’s mobile unit in Bridgend to learn more about the service they provide. Mr Elmore commented: “The work that Tenovus do in bringing cancer treatments closer to the patients in the community really is invaluable. I’d like to thank the charity and all the clinicians who make this mobile service possible.” The charity provides a range of treatments, emotional support and practical advice to cancer patients in the community, meaning they do not have to visit a hospital as regularly. The Ogmore MP continued: “I’m very excited to hear of Tenovus’ future plans for extending this service to different regions and with increased regulari

Youngsters Give Local MP a Grilling During UK Parliament Week

Schools across the UK have been marking UK Parliament Week which seeks to engage more people with national politics. Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, visited Pencoed Primary School where he received a grilling about his role as their local MP. Mr Elmore commented: “I love visiting local schools across the constituency. It’s vitally important that young people feel engaged with the people who represent them at all political levels so that they feel able to participate and use their voice for good.” Pupils at the school questioned Mr Elmore on a number of topics including his hobbies, what it’s like to be an MP and how Parliament works. Mr Elmore continued: “I’d like to thank the pupils at Pencoed

People Need a REAL Living Wage, says Ogmore MP

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has become a Living Wage Champion this week and called on the UK Government to implement a ‘real’ leaving wage. Meeting with the Living Wage Foundation in Parliament, the local MP voiced his concerns about how many communities are struggling as their salary gets squeezed. Mr Elmore said: “The Tories’ fake living wage – which is only paid to people who are over 25 years old – is an absolute con. It’s a minimum wage and is not enough to live on even if you work full time. I want a real living wage set by an independent body which means people don’t have to struggle with the backdrop of endless cuts.” The national living wage, as set by the UK Government, is current

UK Government Blocks Votes for 16 Year-olds

Backbench Conservative MPs filibustered a key debate in Parliament last week which would have extended the vote to 16 year-olds. The current voting age at General Elections is 18. Jim McMahon MP’s Private Members’ Bill sought to reduce this age to extend democratic participation to 16 and 17 year-olds. Local MP, Chris Elmore, who is supportive of the Bill, said: “I think it’s clear from this year’s General Election that the Tories are scared of young people’s voices being heard. It’s disgraceful that Conservative MPs have denied young people up and down our country the right to have a real say in their future.” The Ogmore MP has been a big advocate of reducing the voting age and has often sp

My Glamorgan Gem Column - November 2017

Glamorgan Gem Column – November 2017 The Community Always Steps Up When The Government Lets People Down What I really love about my job is the community spirit across the constituency. For some people, times are particularly tough at the moment. Seven years of Tory Government cuts really are having an impact on the ground – to suggest they’re not is to be walking around with your eyes closed. From the bedroom tax, to hidden rises to the state pension age, to Universal Credit looming just around the corner, it can seem like there are lots of things to worry about. But during these tough times, what surprises me again and again is the tenacity and the selfless reaction of the wider community.

My District Diary Column - November 2017

District Diary Column | November 2017 Chris Elmore MP It’s been a very busy month as MPs return to Parliament following the annual party conference season. It’s been great to get back to Parliament to get back to campaigning on the issues which are currently affecting our communities: investment in our railways, standing up for the workers at the Ford engine plant in Bridgend, and holding the government to account on Brexit. I’m relishing being able to stand up for what’s best for the communities across the Ogmore constituency and the concerns and issues you raise with me feed into how I campaign on these – and many other – vital issues. As we get closer to winter, I was delighted to hold a

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