Holocaust Memorial Day

The 27th of January was Holocaust Memorial Day, a day when it's vital that we all reflect on the real horrors of the Holocaust and redouble our efforts to ensure they are never allowed to happen again. Last week in Parliament I was pleased to sign the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment, reaffirming my support for Holocaust Memorial Day and paying tribute to all those who were murdered at this terrible time in our history. I would also like to pay tribute to the survivors of the Holocaust, the stories from whom we are able to learn from and pass onto future generations so that we never forget.

Ogmore MP Visits “State Of The Art” New School In Bettws

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has expressed his delight at visiting the brand new Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Calon Y Cymoedd in Bettws, Bridgend. During his visit, he was treated to a tour of the school and talked to staff and students about how they were settling in to their new surroundings. Speaking at the school, Chris Elmore MP said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be here today and to see all of the teachers, support staff and students settling in so well into their state-of-the-art school. It really is a first class facility.” The school was funded by the Welsh Government and Bridgend County Borough Council through the Twenty First Century Schools programme. Chris Elmore MP added: “I’d like t

Welsh Secretary “Asleep At The Wheel” To Dangers of No Deal Brexit, says Ogmore MP

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has called on the Welsh Secretary, Alun Cairns MP, to provide much-needed certainty for the Welsh automotive sector by ruling out a “no deal” Brexit. Speaking in Wales Questions, Chris Elmore said that the UK Government’s ongoing planning for “no deal” was providing “no certainty to anybody”. In response, the Welsh Secretary stated that the best way to avoid “no deal” would be for MPs to back a deal on the UK’s exit from the EU. This answer was met with distain from MPs present. Speaking after Wales Questions, Chris Elmore MP said: “We know we’ve got a “nothing has changed” Prime Minister but it now appears we’ve got a “nothing has changed” Welsh Secretary singing fr

Ogmore MP Backs Move To Introduce Proxy Voting For New Parents

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has welcomed new measures which have been brought forward to allow MPs who are on maternity or paternity leave to vote via proxy. In response to an Urgent Question on the issue in Parliament, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom MP announced that the UK Government would finally bring forward the long-awaited plans to allow proxy voting in certain circumstances. Speaking during the Urgent Question, Chris Elmore supported this decision and stressed the need for ministers to bring forward a substantive motion and a vote in the event that any MPs opposed the plans which are due to be brought forward on Monday. Chris Elmore MP said: “This is a really important step towards b

My Week in Westminster

Here's my Week in Westminster update for constituents after another very busy week in Parliament and across the constituency. As always, please get in touch if you have any issues or concerns to raise with me!

“I Will Not Make My Constituents Poorer”: Ogmore MP Votes Down Brexit Deal

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has joined with hundreds of MPs of all parties to vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The Prime Minister’s plan for Brexit was resoundingly rejected by the House of Commons last week, with 432 MPs voting against the deal and only 202 opting to support it. The majority of 230 makes this the biggest defeat in the history of the UK Parliament. Speaking after the vote, Chris Elmore MP said: “The simple truth is, the deal we were being asked to vote on will make our communities across Ogmore poorer and would have opened a Pandora’s Box of uncertainty for the country.” It is expected that Theresa May will return to the House of Commons on 29th January with a new propo

Chris Elmore MP Calls On UK Government To Take Links Between Social Media And Mental Health Seriousl

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has called on UK Government ministers to consider the recommendations of his forthcoming report into the impact social media has on young people’s mental health. Chris Elmore chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health which recently concluded an Inquiry into the issue. Oral and written evidence from a range of stakeholders has now been collated and the Inquiry, which is being run alongside the Royal Society for Public Health, will report back via a report due to be published in the spring. Chris Elmore MP said: “I’ve been really pleased by the wide-ranging evidence we’ve heard and read throughout this Inquiry. It’s essen

Ogmore MP Gets A Grilling From Llanharan Primary School Pupils

Local MP, Chris Elmore, visited Llanharan Primary School last week to hold a question and answer session with Year 5 and Year 6 pupils about his role as their representative in Parliament. With topics ranging from Brexit, to why MPs can’t clap in the House of Commons, to why MPs aren’t thrown out of the class like school children are when they misbehave, the Ogmore MP was certainly put through his paces by the group of students. Chris Elmore MP said: “In amongst all the Brexit chaos, it’s been a really refreshing end to the week to speak to this group of diligent and polite pupils who are a credit to Llanharan Primary School and their local community.” Chris Elmore regularly visits schools a

My Week in Westminster

Here's my Week in Westminster update for constituents. It's been an unprecedented week in terms of Brexit but it's been great to continue working on many other issues alongside this on behalf of local residents.

Yesterday's Meaningful Vote on Brexit

Yesterday, MPs voted on Brexit, arguably the most important issue the country has faced in the post-war era. I am grateful to everyone who has contacted me to share their views on this issue; as always, they have helped inform my view on this matter and, the course of action I have taken as a result. Of course, whilst MPs are representatives and not delegates of their constituents, I really value the thoughts everyone has come forward with on this issue of national importance. Of the correspondence I have received, there has been a wide range of view expressed from all sections of the Brexit spectrum. Since I was first elected Ogmore’s Member of Parliament, I have always tried to be as clear

My Week in Westminster

Here's my first "Week in Westminster" update of 2019 after a very busy first week back. As always, please do get in touch should you have any issues or questions to raise with me and I'd be more than happy to get back to you!

Hatshorn House Health and Wellbeing Coffee Morning.

Earlier this week, I attended the fantastic Hatshorn House Health and Wellbeing coffee morning. Superbly attended and even had entertainment from the WCADA band and the fantastic choir from Heronsbridge School! Well done to all the organisers. I think everyone had a good time, I certainly did!

My Week in Westminster

Here's my final Week in Westminster update for constituents before Christmas. It's been another hectic week in Parliament with yet more Tory chaos over Brexit and I got to ask another question to the Prime Minister.

Parliament Needs to be More Accessible

Before Christmas, I asked the Minister for Women and Equalities to ensure we make Parliament as accessible as possible so that we can encourage more people with disabilities to stand for office. It's essential that our democracy becomes more representative of the population as a whole and widening access to our Parliament is a key part of that.

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