International Trade Question

Many small business owners across Ogmore, and indeed across Wales, have raised concerns with me about the possibility of a 'no-deal' Brexit. The Tory Government's answer appears to be that they should look into hiring staff with expertise on customs arrangements outside the EU. The majority of small and medium sized businesses simply cannot afford to do this - it's time the government faced the reality of the position they're putting business owners in with the absolute shambles they're making of the Brexit negotiations.

Industry Needs Certainty On Brexit

It's vital that every sector that makes up our economy has sufficient certainty moving forwards to plan for the future. Whether it be our fishing industry or our agricultural industry, the Tories' shambolic mishandling of the Brexit negotiations is providing anything but certainty. This week I pushed the Defra Secretary on this important issue - ministers must start listening to industry's very real concerns.

Where is the Government's Investment in Wales?

The Welsh Labour Government is investing more than £2 billion in our railways, yet only 1% of UK Government funding comes to Wales despite us having 11% of the total track. Last week, I asked Chris Grayling to come to Parliament to explain when he is going to start investing in Welsh rail. Andrea Leadsom's shocking response that the Tories "really have focused on investing in Wales" is a complete denial of the facts. No electrification. No tidal lagoon. A £1.2 billion cut to the Welsh block grant. Just where is this investment?

Online Abuse Must Stop

Last week, I asked the UK Government to do more (including through legislation, if necessary) to tackle online abuse via social media. Far too many members of the public, MPs, AMs, councillors, candidates, and activists are subjected to abuse online and it simply must stop.

Cuts to South Wales Police is Unsustainable

The National Audit Office have found that this Tory Government has slashed 30% of South Wales Police : Heddlu De Cymru's funding since 2010. This is having a real impact on rural and community policing and is simply unsustainable. Earlier this month, I asked the Policing Minister to back the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Alun Michael's call to stop cutting and increase funding to prevent resource pressures worsening.

Will the Chancellor follow Welsh Labour Government with a Micro Small Business Fund?

Today I asked the Chancellor to follow the Welsh Labour Government's lead by setting up a Micro Small Business Fund to help support SMEs in the tourism sector, protect and create jobs and help new small business start-ups. It's clear that Welsh Labour are leading the way on this to help encourage growth in our local economies.

Cyber Security Needs to be Taken Seriously by Government

Last week, I called on the Leader of the House of Commons to ask Ministers to reassure the public that the government is taking the physical and cyber security of government buildings seriously. It's vital that Ministers aren't allowed to ignore the data leak uncovered by the Telegraph just before the summer recess. Click here for my comments for the Telegraph:

My Week in Westminster

Here's my second weekly update after a very busy week in Parliament. As I said last week, these weekly updates are intended to keep constituents across Ogmore up-to-date with my work in Westminster and across the constituency as your local MP. As always, please get in touch if you'd like to raise any issues with me or if you'd like to give me any feedback about these reports.

Chris Elmore MP visits Palestinian territories and Israel

Last September, Chris Elmore MP visited the Palestinian territories and Israel with Caabu (the Council for Arab-British Understanding) and the charity, Medical Aid for Palestinians He's created a video to give people a taste of his experiences during his visit where he learnt about the Israel-Palestine conflict; visited refugee camps to investigate what conditions people were living in and visited Palestinian villages which were threatened with demolition. While there, Mr Elmore witnessed some shocking conditions and has since raised issues relating to the ongoing issues in the region in Parliament. He's shared the video to let constituents know about all aspects of his role as an MP.

My Week in Westminster

Here's my first 'My Week in Westminster' update to let constituents across Ogmore know what work I've been doing on your behalf this week in Parliament. It also contains an update for residents on my upcoming constituency business. As always, please do get in touch by calling my office on 01656 860034 or by emailing chris.elmore.mp@parliament.uk if you'd like to raise any issues with me as your local MP. Please share to allow other local residents to keep up-to-date

Government Data Breaches

Earlier this month I highlighted serious government data breaches uncovered by the Telegraph before the summer recess. Ministers must ensure these physical and cyber security concerns are addressed; they cannot risk this happening again.

District Diary Column

I’ve enjoyed being able to get out into the community more over the past few weeks now that Parliament is in recess – specifically meeting residents, promoting summer activities and, this month, I had the pleasure presenting prizes at the Llanharan Horticultural event once again. This years’ competition and event was fantastic and really does go from strength to strength each year. A huge thank you to Nathan Hughes, Mel Hughes, Sharon Hughes and Rob Hughes for their continued commitment to the show and all the volunteers who help put the wonderful event together – they really do pull it out of the bag every year. I was delighted to join Cllr Geraint Hopkins and Cllr Chris Parker in giving ou

Looking Around the New Pencoed Primary School

Schools are back this week and Chris Elmore MP has been lucky enough to have a look round the fantastic new school of Pencoed Primary. After a tour around the new facility, Chris Elmore said,"This is a fantastic achievement by Labour led Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Labour Government’s 21st century schools programme." He wished everyone in the school the best of luck.

‘Y Bont’s Sensory Playground & Garden is open!

Local MP Chris Elmore was joined today by VIPs, parents and guests to officially open a new bespoke sensory garden and playground at Y Bont, a local Bridgend charity that supports disabled babies, children and their families. Y Bont would like to thank all of the families and children who attended the opening with a special thanks going to the people who made it all possible. Global company, Freudenberg Oil & Gas Technologies Ltd. were asked to choose a local charity to support from a list of charities provided by Heidi Bennett from Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations. Following a successful application, Y Bont received a grant of £54,000 and the support of employees from their

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