My Gem Column - May 2018

Glamorgan Gem Column - May 2018 I hope all Gem readers had a pleasant Easter break and got to spend some time with friends and family. I’ve been very busy during the Parliamentary recess meeting with community groups, businesses, and working hard for constituents who have raised issues or campaigns with me. I particularly enjoyed attending the Mothers’ Union Tea Party in Pencoed, opening the extension to Anwen Care Home in Pantyrawel, meeting with local organisations at Bridgend’s Veterans’ Awareness Day and cheering on the participants of the Lynfi BMX competition day. As we have now headed back to Westminster, my Welsh Labour colleagues and I will be continuing to hold this increasingly fr

My District Diary Column - May 2018

District Diary Column | May 2018 I hope all Diary readers are well and are enjoying the nicer weather as we head into the summer months. Over the last month, I’ve really enjoyed visiting local residents and community groups from across Ogmore to support the work that they do for our communities. A particular highlight for me has to be my recent visit to Llanharan OAP Association’s annual Easter bonnet parade which is always well attended by local school pupils and members and supporters of the Association. It was delighted to join Huw Irranca-Davies AM, Llanharan Councillor, Geraint Hopkins, and Councillor Chris Parker, Chair of Llanharan Community Council and Councillor Barry Stephens to se

Ogmore MP Pushes for Shared Parental Pay to Be Offered by Employers

Chris Elmore MP has today called for more employers to offer paid, shared, parental leave, during a House of Commons question on Thursday. Mr Elmore’s call follows recommendations by the Fawcett Society that shared parental pay and paternity pay should be the right of all employees across the UK. According to the Fawcett Society, 35% of employed dads of under 18s say men in their workplace who take time off to care for children are not supported. Afterwards, Mr Elmore commented: “The Government needs to step-in and reform the parental leave system in the UK.” “The system still expects that dad goes to work whilst mum stays at home – but the reality is that this is far from what many families

Ogmore MP Welcomes Hair Industry Experts to Parliament

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, last week held a ‘breakfast briefing’ event for Welsh MPs to learn more about the hair industry in Wales. During the event, MPs heard from industry experts including Shirley Davis-Fox MBE of ISA Training, based in Pencoed. Across Wales there are over 2,400 hair and beauty businesses employing close to 11,000 people. Following the briefing, Mr Elmore said: “Throughout Wales, we benefit from a thriving hair industry which provides employment opportunities and training in communities across the nation”. “I was delighted that Parliament was able to gain an insight into such an important part of the Welsh economy”.

MP Calls on Foreign Secretary to Tackle Poor Vision across Commonwealth

During Foreign Office Questions on Tuesday, Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, called on the UK Government to push Commonwealth allies to help those with eyesight difficulties. Mr Elmore asked the Foreign Secretary to champion the cause during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London next month. In response, Boris Johnson MP, Foreign Secretary agreed to raise the issue. Poor vision is the world’s largest unmet disability, and according to Clearly, more than 900 million people in the Commonwealth are affected. A third of the world’s population, 2.5 billion people, suffer from poor vision because they do not have access to a pair of glasses. Afterwards, Mr Elmore commented: “I am glad that

MP Slams “Disgraceful” Revelation about Prime Minister’s Role in Electrification Sham

In response to a National Audit Office report which revealed Prime Minister Theresa May personally took the decision to cancel electrification between Cardiff and Swansea, Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has labelled the PM actions “disgraceful”. According to the report, the cancellation of the projected was made “on gaining approval from the Prime Minister” after it was decided that it was “no longer affordable”. The report contradicts previous claims by UK Government Ministers that the cancellation was not due to costs. Following the revelations, Mr Elmore said: “Mrs May’s personal role in the decision to cancel the electrification project is disgraceful. This reeks of distain for the people of Sou

New Parliamentary Group to Look at Social Media and Mental Health Link

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has launched a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to examine the impact that social media can have on the mental health on young people. The APPG on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing is to be launched in conjunction with the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and already has cross-party backing. The new group is being created in the aftermath of the RSPH’s ‘Status of Mind’ report which found that social media could be ‘more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol’. The report also found that rates of anxiety and depression in young people have risen by 70% in the past 25 years, whilst 91% of 16-24 years olds use the internet for soci

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