Fertile Land For Growers In Sarn

Ogmore MP and AM, Chris Elmore and Huw Irranca-Davies, have praised the Heol Y Mynydd Community Allotments and Garden Society for their efforts in making the project such a local success story. On Sunday, Chris and Huw met with local residents at the society’s open day and had a good look around the vast array of produce that was being grown. This summer’s heatwave had clearly led to a bumper crop of produce this year, with local residents working their way through a substantial amount of locally-produced foods. The allotments and gardens were originally created by the St. Brides Minor Community Council and now provide local residents with a community space for growing produce and socialisin

“Hidden Disabilities Are Too Often Taboo” – Chris Elmore

Welsh Labour MP, Chris Elmore, has called for an end to the taboo surrounding disabilities which are not always apparent to the naked eye. Chris recently met with fellow Labour MPs, Ruth Jones and Martin Whitfield, at an event in Parliament designed to raise awareness of such hidden disabilities and to promote inclusive signage. Signs have recently been put in place within the Parliamentary estate to help people better understand the sheer number of conditions which are not always understood to be physical disabilities by the general public. Chris Elmore MP said: “There are so many hidden disabilities that people either don’t have an awareness of or don’t understand the access needs they are

We Must Reject The Populism That Is About To Consume This Tory Government – Chris Elmore MP

Commenting on the appointment of Boris Johnson as the next Leader of the Conservative Party, Ogmore MP Chris Elmore said: “The wave of populism we’ve seen across much of the Western World in recent years which has threatened to raise its ugly head in the UK has now firmly arrived. “Boris Johnson is completely unfit to be Prime Minister of our great country and I genuinely fear for what his appointment means for the future of our nation. Rather than “do or die”, the divisions we see across our country need to be healed. Sadly, I have no doubt that Boris Johnson is completely incapable of doing so. “Sound bites and populist rhetoric will not solve the Brexit impasse we still find ourselves in.

Ogmore MP Presses Ministers Again On Closure Of Pencoed Level Crossing

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called on the Department for Transport to provide the funding needed to close the dangerous level crossing in Pencoed. Speaking during Transport Questions, the Ogmore MP asked ministers to invest in this part of the rail network following a lack of investment from the UK Government in recent years. In January, an award of £60,000 was allocated from the Welsh Labour Government’s Local Transport Fund to allow Bridgend County Borough Council to carry out a feasibility study for the nearby Penprysg road rail bridge. The bridge would need to be widened to prevent congestion in the town worsening following the proposed closure of the crossing. The crossing in Penco

“Stop Pushing Disabled People Into Poverty”, says Ogmore MP

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore launched a scathing attack on the UK Government’s welfare policies for disabled people and called on ministers to stop “pushing them further into poverty”. In Parliament, Chris asked the Leader of the House of Commons, Mel Stride MP, for an urgent debate on the Disability Benefits Consortium’s recent report which found that disabled people have lost £1,200 on average each year as a result of the government’s welfare policies. Chris attended the launch of the report at an event in Parliament earlier this month and spoke with disability rights campaigners about the urgent need to take action to address the falling living standards of many disabled people across the UK. D

Ogmore MP and AM Help Judge Annual “Y Bont Bake Off”

Chris Elmore and Huw Irranca-Davies, the local MP and AM for Ogmore, took time out from their Parliamentary duties on Friday to help judge Y Bont’s annual Bake Off competition. Y Bont is a Bridgend-based charity working to support children with disabilities to reach their full potential. The Ogmore duo joined several new judges this year, including a semi-finalist for the television version of the Great British Bake Off, to sort their way through the stiff competition of cakes that were vying to win this year’s competition. The money raised at the event will go towards supporting the work of Y Bont throughout the year. Chris Elmore MP said: “This is one of the real highlights of my year! Whi

“Sun Damage Can Have Long-lasting Effects – Even In The UK”, says Ogmore MP

Chris Elmore, Labour MP for Ogmore, has called on constituents to take steps to protect themselves from the risks of sun damage after having his own skin checked over in Parliament. Meeting with Sanofi Genzyme, a global life sciences company, and the Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity at an event in Parliament last week, the Ogmore MP had his skin screened for damage that may be invisible to the naked eye. Cancer Research UK found that there were nearly 16,000 new cases of skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 across the UK. Chris Elmore MP said: “Given this particularly hot spell we’ve had recently, it’s absolutely vital that local residents wear sufficient sun screen, even when out and about i

Elmore Takes Nantymoel Pupils’ Plastic Pollution Concerns To Ministers In Parliament

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has called for a debate in Parliament on plastic pollution, following a recent meeting with pupils from Nantymoel Primary School who were deeply concerned about the escalating problem. Alongside Ogmore AM, Huw Irranca-Davies, Chris met with a group of pupils at his constituency office in Pencoed on Friday, 5th July, who raised their recent efforts to tackle the problem locally. The pupils, who were led by Polly Davies, also called on Chris and Huw to do more to put pressure on government ministers to do more to tackle the problem. In Parliament last Thursday, Chris asked the Leader of the House of Commons, Mel Stride MP, for a debate on the issue before the Parliamen

Legally Blonde “Spellbinding” – Ogmore MP

Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen’s production of Legally Blonde has been labelled “spellbinding” by local MP Chris Elmore. The Ogmore MP attended the show’s final performance at the Tondu school on Friday, 5th July and commented how he was “blown away” with the talent on display. The performance was created by the school’s music department and ran between Monday 1st – Friday 5th July. The school’s music department is well-known locally for putting on creative performances which are enjoyed by parents and local residents alike. Chris Elmore MP said: “A huge congratulations to all of the talented pupils and staff – both onstage and off – who have clearly worked their socks off to deliver this fantast

Nantymoel Pupils Lobby Local MP and AM On Plastic Waste

Local pupils from Nantymoel Primary School have called on their local MP and AM to take action to tackle single-use plastic waste. The delegation met with Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM at Chris’ constituency office in Pencoed to present them with a letter detailing their plans to turn the tide on plastic pollution. The group discussed a number of different environmental issues with Chris and Huw, who agreed with the need to prevent the world’s oceans from being consumed by the ever-growing amount of plastic pollution. Chris Elmore MP said: “I’m really pleased so many people – many of them young people – who have been contacting me about the pressing need to tackle the scourge of

“Government Could Learn A Lot From Llanhari Pupils”, says Ogmore MP

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has praised pupils at Llanhari Primary School during a visit to meet with their school senedd. On Monday, the Ogmore MP joined staff and pupils in Llanhari for a tour of the school by Year 6 pupils, before being given a grilling by the school’s Parliament. Every child in Key Stage 2 at the school is assigned to a government department and ministers are elected to speak out and deliver on their individual remits. During Chris’ visit, groups of pupils worked on their department’s portfolios and worked as teams, mirroring the work of government ministers. The Headteacher, Mrs Coates, accompanied Chris on his visit and was clearly very proud of her pupils’ achievemen

Elmore Secures New Broadband Pilots In Welsh Valleys

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has secured a vital concession from the UK Government which will mean the South Wales Valleys will be first on the list in an upcoming broadband programme. At Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Questions, Minister Margot James MP confirmed to Chris that she had recommended that the Chancellor include the South Wales Valleys in the first wave of pilots for the government’s Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme. The scheme will offer up to £3,500 for small businesses and £1,500 for local residents to encourage greater uptake of gigabit-capable connectivity. The Minister said that Chris’ campaigning on the issue last year “led directly” to her recommendation. Chris has be

Elmore Urges Pensioners To Claim Money They’re Entitled To

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called on pensioners across his constituency to claim pension credit if they’re entitled to do so. Speaking at Business Questions, Chris highlighted the significant amount of the welfare benefit that is currently going unclaimed by those who are able to do so. The charity Independent Age has found that £5 million worth of pension credit is currently going unclaimed across Chris’ Ogmore constituency alone. Chris urged the government to do more to promote the benefit to pensioners who many be struggling, particularly in light of the changes to free TV license fees which were announced last month. Chris Elmore MP said: “After the Tories’ appalling broken promise

“No Second Chances With Second Hand Goods”, says Ogmore MP

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has thrown his weight behind Electrical Safety First’s “No Second Chances” campaign, which seeks to raise awareness of the dangers of buying faulty second-hand goods. Electricity causes over half of the fires in UK homes and, between 2015-2016, they were responsible for 1,380 deaths and injuries - an average of 27 each week, or 4 a day. Chris Elmore MP said: “Government figures show that five fires a day in the UK are caused by white goods alone. This includes products like washing machines and fridge-freezers – essential appliances which many of us have in our homes. “While the damage to property runs into millions of pounds, you can’t put a price on the personal cost

Elmore Calls For An End To Discrimination Against Guide Dog Owners

Chris Elmore MP has pledged to support a campaign to tackle discrimination against guide dog owners at an event in Parliament organised by the charity Guide Dogs. More than a hundred guide dog owners from across the country converged on Westminster Hall in Parliament to share their experiences of being turned away by businesses because of their dog. At the event, the Ogmore MP spoke to guide dog owners about the lasting impact of these refusals. It is against the law to refuse access to a disabled person accompanied by an assistance dog except in the most exceptional circumstances. Despite this, a new Guide Dogs survey found that three out of four (76%) assistance dog owners had been turned

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