Nantymoel Boys And Girls Club A Key Pillar Of The Local Community, says Ogmore MP

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has praised the renovation of Nantymoel Boys and Girls Club and Community Centre at the building’s formal re-opening. The refurbishment work now means that the centre will be used as a key hub for the local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) as well as being a key venue for public hire for the surrounding communities. Chris Elmore attended the event alongside local Assembly Member, Huw Irranca-Davies, and Bridgend County Borough Council Cabinet Members, who all remarked at the improvements which have been made to the building. Speaking after the opening, Chris Elmore MP said: “The Boys and Girls Club really is a pillar of the local community and it’s great to se

Welsh Government’s Free Childcare Shows What Labour Can Do In Power

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has praised the Welsh Government’s flagship free childcare policy as a shining example of what the Labour Party can achieve in Government. The Ogmore MP intervened several times during a debate in Parliament on the costs and benefits of free childcare. The Welsh Labour Government approved a further £60 million investment in 115 new or redeveloped childcare centres across Wales to deliver on the party’s childcare pledge at the last Welsh Assembly election. Speaking after the debate, Chris Elmore MP said: “The UK Government could learn a lot from the way Welsh Government ministers have approached early years intervention. It’s great to see Welsh Labour delivering f

Ogmore MP and AM Check Out Welsh Water Valleys Investment

Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM have jointly praised Welsh Water’s investment in the Ogmore Valley following a site visit last week. Welsh Water, a not-for-profit water company, is spending a significant £3.34 million on a new sewer between Ogmore Vale and Blackmill, alongside a £7 million investment into the treatment works in Lletty Brongu, Llangynwyd. Chris Elmore MP said: “It’s great to see the significant infrastructure improvements Welsh Water are doing locally which will act to future-proof our water networks long into the future. “This is the tangible reinvestment you get with a water company which is run on a not-for-profit basis – it’s really pleasing to see.” The Ogmore

Chris Elmore MP Announces Latest Round Of Advice Surgeries

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has published his latest set of advice surgeries which constituents are able to attend to raise issues or concerns with him. His advice surgeries for the month of March are: Friday, 1st March – 13:00-14:00 – Maesteg (Tesco, Castle Street) – joint surgery with Huw Irranca-Davies AM Friday, 8th March – 13:00-14:00 – Llanharan (Llanharan RFC, Bridgend Road) Saturday, 23rd March – 10:30-11:30 – Gilfach Goch (Gilfach Goch Community Association) – please note this is a Caseworker Surgery only Friday, 29th March – 13:00-14:00 – Pencoed (Chris Elmore MP’s Office, 44a Penybont Road) – joint surgery with Huw Irranca-Davies AM Ogmore constituents are also advised that they

Short Prison Sentences “Not Fit For Purpose”, says Ogmore MP

Ogmore Member of Parliament Chris Elmore has called on the Justice Secretary to review the use of short prison sentences in a bid to reduce the number of women recalled into custody. The rate of women being recalled to prison following release has risen sharply in recent years following government reforms in 2014 which extended recall powers to include detainees serving shorter custodial sentences. The number of women being recalled has more than doubled since the Offender Rehabilitation Act was introduced by the Conservative Government in 2014. Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate on the issue, Chris Elmore called on ministers to accept the recommendations of the Prison Reform Trust’s Brok

The Scouts and Girlguiding Deserve to be Praised

This week I was pleased to praise the work of The Scouts and Girlguiding - including the fantastic groups across Ogmore - for their work in encouraging young people to engage in volunteering. Their work makes me incredibly proud to be their local MP!

My Week In Westminster

Here's my Week in Westminster update for constituents across Ogmore after a very busy week in Parliament. As always, if you have any issues or concerns to raise with me, please do get in touch by calling my office on 01656 860034 or by emailing

“From The Horse’s Mouth”: Chris Elmore On Tory MP’s Damning Assessment of Universal Credit

MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has spoken of his dismay at the continuing roll-out of Universal Credit which was condemned by a ConservativeMP at Prime Minister’s Questions this week. Tory MP for South Cambridgeshire, Heidi Allen, called on Theresa May to review the benefit cap and 5-week delay built into the new benefit system. Damningly, she then proceeded to say that her government’s welfare policies meant that the “welfare safety net is no longer holding up those most vulnerable in society, it’s tangling around their feet and dragging them under the water.” Speaking after Prime Minister’s Questions, Chris Elmore MP said: “How many more voices from across the poitical spectrum need to come

Local MP Catches Up With Cefn Young At Heart Group

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has met with members of the Cefn Cribwr Young at Heart group for a lively discussion at one of their regular meetings. Discussing a variety of topics from Brexit to issues within the local community, the Ogmore MP was certainly put through his paces as he rounded off the week at the Green Hall Community Centre. Speaking after the visit, Chris Elmore MP said: “I always love catching up with the wonderful people at Young at Heart! “A huge thank you to Enid, the team and all of the members for such a warm welcome. I look forward to seeing you all soon!” Chris has previously met with the group numerous times since he was first elected and has held events with the gro

Impact Of Fuel Poverty Is Devastating Communities, says Ogmore MP

Chris Elmore MP has called on the UK Government to control the monopoly of the “Big 6” energy companies in a bid to reduce energy poverty. The Ogmore MP added his support for Fuel Poverty Awareness Day which seeks to highlight the precarious situation many communities are now finding themselves in. Those assessed as being most at risk are elderly and vulnerable populations. Data from National Energy Action suggests the Welsh NHS could have saved between £17 million and £20 million last winter if more action had been taken to reduce the causes of fuel poverty. Chris Elmore MP commented: “It’s a national scandal that there were 50,100 excess winter deaths last year. Far too many families are f

Regeneration at Nantyffyllon RFC

This week I praised the fantastic regeneration work at Nantyffyllon Rugby Football Club. Projects like this and the local residents who support them are absolutely vital to our communities (as well as being a great way to promote healthy lifestyles!).

Safer Internet Day

Last Tuesday it was Safer Internet Day which was a perfect opportunity for us to reassess our relationship with social media and our online activity. Shortly, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media and Young People's Mental Health, which I chair, will publish a report to try and address these challenges, following our Inquiry into this issue with The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). As ever, I'll be sure to keep constituents up-to-date as this important work progresses. On Safer Internet Day, Beth considers using her phone less to look after her mental health more. Click on the logo to find out more.

Horses, Horse Riders and the Highway Code

Earlier this week, at Transport Questions, I asked Ministers to confirm whether they will now be including horses and horse riders in the review of the Highway Code. This is vital to ensure all vulnerable road users are protected from harm.

Rethinking Mental Health: Joining up the rhetoric with reality

If we are to truly tackle the mental health challenges we face as a society, we must give mental and physical health parity of esteem in reality as well as in rhetoric. As many of you will know, I've been exploring the ways through which social media use can have an impact on young people's mental health. The scale of this problem alone shows just how much more we have to do to get to grips with this issue. Here's an article I've written for Politics First on this important issue. Click on the immage to read the article.

Chris Elmore Quizzed By Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd Pupils In Parliament

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has met with pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd during their visit to the UK Parliament’s Education Centre. Following a tour of the Houses of Parliament and a lesson on the UK’s democratic processes, the group took part in a question and answer session with their local MP, who popped in between debates in the Commons. With a wide range of questions asked from planning issues, Welsh language provision, and Brexit, the Ogmore MP was certainly put through his paces! Speaking after meeting with the pupils, Chris Elmore MP said: “It’s been an absolute delight to meet with this group of very talented and polite pupils today. It’s clear that they have a real passion f

Nantyffyllon Rugby Club A Fine Example Of Sport Infrastructure’s Immeasurable Value, says Ogmore MP

The recently refurbished Nantyffyllon Rugby Club has been praised in Parliament by local MP who said it had brought together “whole area regeneration” and “community cohesion. Speaking during a debate on sport in the House of Commons, Chris Elmore MP praised the efforts of the local community who had facilitated the renovations, adding that the club should be used as an example of how sport can “Bring about change in the wider community”. Commenting on the debate, Chris Elmore MP said: “When I visited the club late last year, I was really taken aback by what a fantastic job the team had done. It truly is a first-class facility which all of the local community and beyond can enjoy.” The club

Welsh Government Is “Picking Up The Mess” From UK Government’s Rail Failures

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has criticised the UK Government for failing to deliver rail infrastructure improvements since the Conservatives took office in 2010. Speaking during a debate in Westminster Hall on issues around the Great Western Mainline, the Ogmore MP slated UK ministers’ inaction on station improvements and said the Welsh Government had been having to step in instead. Speaking after the debate, Chris Elmore MP said: “Quite frankly, it shouldn’t be up to the devolved administrations to use parts of their tight budgets on station improvements which are still a reserved responsibility of the UK Government. “I’m pleased the Welsh Labour Government are investing heavily in the new

Tories Fail to Deliver on Railways

Whilst the Welsh Labour Government are investing in our railways, the Tories in Westminster consistently fail to deliver. Last week, I spoke in an important debate on the issues faced by Great Western Rail passengers in Westminster Halll.

My District Diary Column - February 2019

February 2019 It won’t have escaped District Diary readers’ attention that this month has been a particularly turbulent one in the world of politics. With Westminster full of tumultuous debate at present, it is doubly pleasing to get back home to the constituency to meet with local residents, community groups, business and schools. Last month, I was delighted to visit Llanharan Primary School to catch up with all of the teachers and support staff who work so hard day in, day out to provide a high quality education for our local children. During my visit, I held a question and answer session with Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. The issues ranged from Brexit to the reasons why MPs can’t clap in the

Chris Elmore Praises Work of Church In Bringing Community Together After Break In

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has praised the local Garw Valley community following the break in at St. David’s Church in Pontycymmer, Bridgend. The church was broken into on Saturday, 19th January and significant damage was caused to part of the building. In the weeks following the break in, the local community have set up a fundraising page to contribute towards the cost of the repairs. Speaking during Business of the House Questions in Parliament, the Ogmore MP called for a debate to be held in Parliament on the role of the church in supporting local communities. The Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom MP, agreed with Chris’ request and urged him to seek a backbench business debate to discuss th

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