“Let Nature Sing”, says Ogmore MP

Ogmore’s MP, Chris Elmore, has added his support to the RSPB’s “Let Nature Sing” campaign which seeks to reverse the damaging trend of bird species decline sweeping across the UK. 165 bird species are currently critically endangered in the UK and since 1996, 40 million birds have been lost. The RSPB is calling on the public to download their new song – also called “Let Nature Sing” – to make the public aware of the need to protect domestic biodiversity. This campaign comes at a time when climate change campaigners across the country, and around the world, have called for real and meaningful action from government’s around the world to prevent a global climate catastrophe. Chris Elmore MP sai

Ogmore MP Exposes Shocking Rise In Food Bank Usage

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called for a debate in Parliament on the damaging rise in food bank usage, following damning new statistics released by the Trussell Trust. The charity, which runs the majority of food banks across the UK, announced last week that there had been in excess of 100,000 referrals made over the past year and a staggering 43 per cent rise in food parcels supplied in the last 5 years. Speaking during Business Questions, Chris exposed the reality behind the rise, namely that one third of all referrals had resulted from delays in benefits payments linked to Universal Credit. The Tories’ flagship welfare policy has been blighted with problems since it was first launche

Elmore Calls For Action On Temporary Post Office Closures

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has called on the Post Office to act decisively to end the prolonged temporary Post Office closures across his constituency. Speaking during a debate in Westminster Hall, Chris highlighted the temporary closures affecting communities in Ogmore Vale, Aberkenfig and Bettws and asked UK Government ministers to put pressure on the Post Office to act. Some of these temporary closures are nearing a year, with many local residents having to travel longer distances to access services. Chris suggested that temporary closures can actually cause as much of a problem as permanent closures, with customers left in limbo until a premises can be reopened. Chris Elmore MP said: “For

Ogmore MP and AM’s Annual Advice Day Reaps Reward For Local Charity

Less than three weeks after Ogmore MP and AM, Chris Elmore and Huw Irranca-Davies, held their third annual Funding Advice Day, one local organisation has already emerged as an early success story. Western Power Distribution (WPD), who attended this year’s event as a funding provider for the first time, have allocated funding to a group which is playing a very important emergency role locally. Maesteg Community First Responders are a voluntary organisation who respond to high priority 999 calls on behalf of the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST). They play a crucial part in delivering front-line emergency care in tandem with the Ambulance services. This year’s advice day was the best attend

Chris Elmore Calls For Action On Digital Connectivity

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has called on the government to take decisive action to improve rural digital connectivity. During Business Questions, Chris asked the Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom MP, to bring forward a debate in government time to address the issues raised with him by local constituents. As part of his question, Chris called on the UK Government to address patchy mobile phone signal, TV signal and broadband connectivity in areas such as the Llynfi, Garw and Ogmore Valleys. Chris Elmore MP said: “Since I was first elected, one of my key campaigns has been to improve connectivity as I know that many constituents still suffer from poor digital links. “In 2019, we shoul

Ogmore MP Calls For Action On LGBT Rights In Brunei

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called for LGBT rights to be placed firmly on the agenda at the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) following the Saltan of Brunei’s decision to pass anti-LGBT laws. The next CHOGM is taking place in Kigali in Rwanda in 18 months’ time, a country which Chris has also encouraged to change course during a recent delegation to the central African country last November. During a Westminster Hall debate, Chris asked Foreign Office Ministers to use their influence through the Commonwealth to bring such countries’ sexuality laws into the twenty-first century. Chris Elmore MP said: “The news coming out of Brunei in recent weeks has been deeply troub

Ogmore MP Encourages Local Residents To Attend Cian Case Memorial Event

Local MP, Chris Elmore, is promoting a memorial event being held later this month in memory of Cian Case, a 6-year-old boy from Llanharan who passed away last year. Cian had battled a rare form of cancerous brain and spinal tumour. Cian died in January 2018 following a long struggle with an atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumour which began in 2015. Following initial treatment, Cian was told that the tumours had gone, through sadly his condition relapsed in November 2017. Throughout his treatment, and since his death, his parents have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of Cian’s condition and help others who are struggling with similar situations. The event organised in honour of Cian is being

“Welsh Labour Is Empowering A New Generation”, says Ogmore MP

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has praised the Welsh Labour Government’s efforts to engage young people with the Welsh political system during an important debate in Parliament. Jim McMahon MP called a debate in Westminster Hall to examine the case for extending the voting franchise to 16-year-olds at elections across the UK. Voters in Wales can now case their ballot from the age of 16 at local government elections and cross-party plans at the Welsh Assembly are currently seeking to extend this to the next National Assembly elections in 2021. During the debate, Chris stated that “people should have a say from the point which they’re required to pay tax” and that 16-year-olds should be given th

Chris Elmore Secures Vital Government Action On Social Media “Wild West”

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing, has welcomed the UK Government’s White Paper on “online harms” but called for further proposals to be adopted. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright QC MP, published the White Paper on Monday which contained, among other things, the government’s strategy to tackle the impact social media can have on people’s mental health. As the APPG Chair, Chris recently published a landmark report on this subject with the Royal Society for Public Health. The report, #NewFilters: to manage the impact of social media on young peopl

Ogmore MP Holds “Listening To Women” Event To Encourage Youngsters To Use Their Voice

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has held an event with young women at Bridgend College’s Pencoed Campus. The “Listening To Women” event invited young women studying at the college and at Pencoed Comprehensive school to talk all things equality with their local MP and encouraged them to use their voices in the continuing fight for gender equality. The event was organised in conjunction with the Young Women’s Trust, a charity which support and represents women aged 18-30 who are struggling to live or work on low or no pay across England and Wales. During the session, the Ogmore MP discussed various issues in the current UK political climate, alongside several important women-specific issues which

Ogmore MP Encourages People To Be Bowel Cancer Aware

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called on local residents to make themselves aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer. April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and the charity Bowel Cancer UK is encouraging uptake of screening tests and calling on people to seek medical advice if they experience any of the symptoms of the disease. The symptoms of bowel cancer include: bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo; a persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit; unexplained weight loss; extreme tiredness for no obvious reason; and/or a pain or lump in your tummy. Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, claiming more than 16,000 lives a year. It is treatable and curable

Chris Elmore Tackles Theresa May On Police Cuts

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has condemned the Prime Minister’s savage cuts to police forces and early intervention services over the past decade. Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, Chris called on Theresa May to “understand that we need more, real investment before any more lives are lost” as a result to violent crime. Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, around 21,000 police officers have been taken off the streets across England and Wales. The start of 2019 has been hallmarked by a spike in serious and violent crime that many regions have not seen for decades. The Prime Minister tried to stonewall Chris’ question by claiming the government had “protected” police funding, igno

“We Can’t Just Preach Diversity, We Must Practice It”, says Ogmore MP

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called on the Houses of Parliament to create more employment opportunities for people from across all parts of the UK. Addressing Tom Brake MP, who represents the House of Commons Commission, Chris called for improvements to the “regional and nation diversity” of people working in Westminster to better represent the country as a whole. Adding to this, he asked for more to be done to encourage women to take up senior roles within the Parliamentary estate. Chris Elmore MP said: “In 2019, it’s essential that, as MPs, we don’t just preach diversity but we actually practice it in everything we do. “We’ve made great progress in recent decades to improve diversity b

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