Ogmore MP urges residents to support local food banks

Chris Elmore MP is urging his constituents to donate to their local food banks if they are able to spare a few items of shopping each week. With the weather getting colder and people increasingly feeling the pinch during the winter months, food bank demand is greater than ever. It is vital that food banks have the supplies they need to meet the demand to relieve the strain on hardworking families. Chris Elmore said: “It’s terribly sad that in twenty-first century Britain, we are asking people to help feed others, but in the wake of austerity and cuts to public services, it is unfortunately a necessity. “Thankfully, there are many people willing and able to donate items, but this need is incr

Ogmore MP acts to reassure constituents following Thomas Cook collapse

Chris Elmore MP has acted to reassure constituents affected by the collapse of renowned holiday firm Thomas Cook. The company has ceased trading with immediate effect, according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and has triggered a government-organised repatriation of more than 150,000 British holidaymakers, the biggest seen in peacetime. 22,000 jobs are at risk worldwide, with 9,000 of those based in the UK. Chris Elmore MP said: “Although we’ve known about the difficulties for some time, it’s still a shock to see one of the most famous holiday brands collapse. “It is a sad time for holidaymakers who are abroad and face the stress and uncertainty for their travel home, for those due

“We must end the stigma”, says Ogmore MP on World Alzheimer’s Month

Chris Elmore MP is proud to have added his support to World Alzheimer’s Month this September. World Alzheimer’s Month is an international campaign which runs every September that seeks to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and to challenge the stigma that still surrounds dementia. This September will mark the 8th year this campaign has been running. 2 in 3 people believe that there is either little or no understanding of dementia in their country and although the impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, the lack of information and the common misconceptions around the disease remain a global problem. Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia affects an estimated 1 in 14 people over the

“Where the Welsh Labour Government Leads – the UK follows” – Chris Elmore MP

Chris Elmore MP has welcomed the firm commitment made by Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford AM, to give the public a final say referendum on any Brexit deal, with Welsh Labour campaigning to remain. 50,000 jobs are thought to be at risk across Wales under a No Deal Brexit scenario, as through an economic hit which could see the Welsh economy shrink by up to 10 per cent. The Welsh Labour First Minister delivered his first speech at the Labour Party’s annual conference in Brighton this weekend, where he also made the case for a strengthened United Kingdom. During his speech, Mr Drakeford pledged his support for the Welsh steel industry, recommitted to delivering the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM Welcome Ineos Automotive Investment In Bridgend

Commenting on Ineos Automotive’s decision to build its new 4x4 vehicle in Bridgend, Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM said: “After months of deeply worrying developments in South Wales’ automotive sector and beyond, this is truly wonderful news for Bridgend County Borough and will help guarantee our region’s place as a leader in this vital industry. “With 200 jobs set to be created in the short-term and significant prospects of expansion in the longer term, Ineos have given automotive workers across our communities the vote of confidence they so rightly deserved. The cutting edge Grenadier 4x4 is now set to be produced by one of the most highly-skilled workforces in the world – and r

Ogmore MP Encourages Local Residents To “Hit Record” In Competition

Chris Elmore MP is encouraging local filmmakers to take part in Parliament’s prestigious Film the House competition. The annual competition offers the opportunity to put local filmmakers in direct contact with the movers and shakers of the film industry and to have the best of UK talent take front and centre stage. Entries will initially be shared with MPs before an expert industry panel of leading figures from Britain’s creative landscape chooses the shortlist and the winners. In 2018, prizes included mentoring from professionals in the film industry, a private screening of the winners’ films for friends and family, and classification of the winning films and scripts by British Board of Fil

Yellowhammer Shows No Deal Should Never Be Countenanced – Ogmore MP

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has said “the debate on No Deal Brexit should now be over” following the government’s publication of the Operation Yellowhammer planning documents. Last Monday, prior to the prorogation of Parliament, MPs forced the government to release the Yellowhammer contingency planning documents which reveal the significant risks a No Deal Brexit poses for the UK. The document is short, running at only 5 pages, yet it contains shocking impact assessments which predict lorry delays of up to 2.5 days at Dover, significant food and medical supply shortages, geopolitical instability in Northern Ireland and numerous other issues. There have also been claims the government doctored the

Ogmore MP reaffirms commitment to fight for steel industry

Chris Elmore MP has joined with MPs from across the country to call on the UK Government to do all it can to support workers at the Orb steelworks in Newport following TATA Steel’s recent announcement regarding the site. The plans to close the plant were announced on 2nd September, with TATA stating that the closure would take place by the end of the year. This move has put 380 jobs at risk. Meeting with other members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Steel and Metal Related Industries, MPs have called on the government to support the plant’s workers and to recognise the need to both protect and create skilled jobs in the steel industry across the UK. The Orb site is the only plant in

Curtain Up Does It Again – Chris Elmore MP

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has praised Curtain Up Youth Theatre’s latest performance of The Wedding Singer after being dazzled by their show on Saturday afternoon. The show was performed at Maesteg Town Hall and wowed large crowds with bags of laughs and spades of talent as the superb cast and crew threw everything they had at each performance. Speaking after the performance, Chris Elmore MP said: “I don’t know how they do it but every performance just gets better and better! Huge congratulations to all of the talented cast and crew – it really was a stunning show. “Liam Stevenson’s portrayal of George in particular was extraordinary – he’s definitely one to watch! “Well done to Ruth, Sarah, Sue

Residents Beat The Black Dog On World Suicide Prevention Day

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore has joined local residents from the Ogmore Valley and beyond to raise money for mental health charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. The “Beat the Black Dog” sponsored run took place in Ogmore Vale on Sunday, in advance of World Suicide Prevention Day. The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust encourages people to talk more openly about depression and the importance of good wellbeing strategies, as well as funding free mental health lessons in local schools and colleges. Runners were blessed with sunshine at the start line as they headed off on the course from the Ogmore Valley Life Centre. Speaking after the run, Chris Elmore MP said: “It’s been so positive to see so

Money Management On The Agenda At MP’s Advice Day

Local residents living in Chris Elmore MP’s Ogmore constituency were able to speak one-to-one with over 20 different organisations on Friday at his first Money Management Advice Day. Following on from the successful annual Funding Advice Day he hosts with Huw Irranca-Davies AM, the Ogmore MP brought together a range of different organisations, including the Job Centre, BAVO and Welsh Water to give constituents advice on a variety of financial matters. The event took place at the Gilfach Goch Community Association and was open to all constituents from the Bridgend County Borough and Rhondda Cynon Taf sides of Chris’ constituency. From finding work, accessing welfare benefits, to debt manageme

Ogmore MP Calls On Local Residents To “Wear It Pink”

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has called on his constituents to support Breast Cancer Now’s Wear It Pink campaign. The charity’s annual fundraiser takes place on Friday, 18th October and since it was first started, has raised £33 million to date. By wearing it pink and making a small donation to the charity, they are able to continue the life-saving breast cancer research and support for those living with the disease. At an event in Parliament, Chris read messages of support from constituents and added his personal support to the campaign. Chris Elmore MP said: “I’m always pleased to support the amazing work Breast Cancer Now do for cancer sufferers across the UK and their famili

B-Leaf Scheme Rises High At Bryngarw Park

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has congratulated the Awen Cultural Trust on their successful B-Leaf training scheme currently being run at the Bryngarw Country Park. Chris met with some of the scheme’s current trainees at their summer celebration and enjoyed chatting to them about their experiences on the programme. B-Leaf is a work based initiative for adults with disabilities based within the beautiful Bryngarw Country Park. It operates as nursery and garden centre and provides an extensive training programme in horticulture and grounds maintenance. Trainees are supported by a team of dedicated staff who help them progress in whatever way they can to develop new skills, make new friends and ultima

Ogmore MP Encourages Community Groups To Apply For Funding

Welsh Labour MP Chris Elmore is once again calling on local clubs and community groups in his Ogmore constituency to apply for funding opportunities. Chris has been working closely with the National Lottery Community Fund, who currently have four different grant schemes open for applications. Each of the grants is targeted at different types of clubs, community groups or charities of varying sizes: National Lottery Awards for All £300–£10,000 · For grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods. · There’s no deadline, so you can apply at any time. · This is our most popular grants programme, so we will prioritise groups wi

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