Chris’ Gem Column: Closing a Very Eventful Term in Parliament

As Parliament closes its doors for another summer recess I have time to reflect on what has been one of the most eventful few weeks in my, admittedly short, parliamentary career. Talks of an agreed Brexit deal was followed by mass resignation in the cabinet which then caused the government to be in sixes and sevens over the “unified Brexit position”. It's felt as although that Theresa May was in office – she certainly was not in power. Theresa May’s, now essential defunct, Brexit proposals have been shambolic. I’ve not seen a capitulation like it. The likes of Rees-Mogg and Boris have thrown everything into chaos. We currently don’t have anything like a deal and only a maximum of 8 month

Chris gets behind the microscope at Breast Cancer Now research fair in Parliament

Local MP, Chris Elmore joined the search for new life-saving breast cancer treatments at a research fair in Parliament hosted by leading UK charity Breast Cancer Now on Wednesday 4th July. The fair was an opportunity to meet the scientists behind the cutting-edge research which the charity hopes will ensure that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and live well. Delving into the world of breast cancer research, MPs used a smartphone microscope to examine tissue samples, observed how tumour biopsies are taken, and took chemical taste tests, which showed how genetics can influence how the body functions. Chris Elmore MP, said: “It was fantastic to hear from the scientists fi

Ogmore MP Congratulates Maesteg Student on Her Work With the Holocaust Educational Trust

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has met with Megan Hill, a student from Maesteg Comprehensive School, in her role as a Young Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust. The event, held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference centre in central London, brought ambassadors from all over the UK together to discuss how they can continue to raise awareness of the horrors of the Holocaust for generations to come. Mr Elmore said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to meet with Megan. She’s clearly a very bright and confident young woman and I’m so glad that she’s doing this vital work to raise awareness of the lessons which should never be forgotten about the Holocaust.” Emily was among 300 young people

So-called “Gay Cure” Therapies Must Not Go Underground After Ban

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has spoken out about the need to prevent so-called “gay cure” therapies from going underground after the UK Government’s ban on such practices is implemented. The UK Government announced this week that therapies intended to cure homosexuality will be banned under new proposals forming part of the National LGBT Action Plan. During an Urgent Question in the House of Commons, Mr Elmore voiced his concerns that such a ban must not lead to individuals being able to continue such practices behind closed doors. Speaking after the debate, Mr Elmore said: “I’m glad that the government has chosen to ban these vile practices. Ministers must now ensure that this ban is enforced

MP backs farming for nature

Chris Elmore MP is backing calls from environment charities and nature-friendly farmers to get measures that support both farming and nature included in the forthcoming Agriculture Bill. Last week the MP joined with farmers and NGOs to celebrate sustainable farming across the UK at a Farmers’ Market event in Parliament, organised by the environmental coalitions Wildlife and Countryside Link and Greener UK. The coalitions include organisations such as RSPB, National Trust, WWF and RSPCA. The event comes just before the forthcoming Agriculture Bill is expected to be introduced to the House of Commons and was well-attended with cross-party support from more than 60 MPs and Peers. It showcased n

CHRIS ELMORE MP: HONOUR MILITARY WORKING DOGS

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore this week pledged his support for the construction of the new national memorial to honour military working dogs. The National Military Working Dog Memorial will be based in Brynford, North Wales. This memorial will be constructed on site and has the support from members of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force. The mausoleum will cost around £150,000 to build and will feature four bronze statues who will guard over the plaques commemorating the work of the Armed Forces service animals who have served with distinction. The four dogs guarding over the mausoleum will be based upon four dogs who served with distinction. The first will be of Buster who died in 2015 aged 13. He

Chris Elmore MP urges constituents to get a smart meter installed

Chris Elmore MP has joined Smart Energy GB, the voice of the smart meter rollout, to learn more about the benefits smart meters are bringing to the 9,360 households in Ogmore who have one installed. After finding out about how smart meters can help manage home energy bills more effectively and reduce energy waste, Chris Elmore MP is encouraging his constituents to contact their energy supplier to get a smart meter at no extra cost. Commenting on smart meters and the national rollout, Chris Elmore MP said: “As well as putting an end to estimated bills, smart meters show you how much energy you are using, and what it is costing in pounds and pence. This information will be of huge benefit in h

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