Elmore Calls On Ministers To Make Tackling Scams a Strategic Policing Priority

Chris Elmore MP has called on the UK Government to prioritise economic crime as vulnerable communities across Wales continue to be targeted by scams. The DVLA recently reported a 20 per cent rise in scams on the same period of the previous year, with 1,538 cases being reported about suspected vehicle tax scams during October to December 2019. Phishing scams via emails and text messages are regularly sent from criminals and to the untrained eye, or to those less familiar with technology, can look very convincing. Chris has been campaigning hard to tackle this issue since he was first elected, believing it should now be made a strategic policing priority. Speaking during a debate on policing,

“Tories must stop dodging their responsibilities to our communities” – Chris Elmore MP

Welsh Labour MP Chris Elmore has called on the UK Government to support Welsh communities who have suffered from, or are at risk of, flooding in South Wales. Following a Statement on the recent from the UK Government, Chris asked the Environment Secretary, George Eustice MP, to investigate former coal sites and to ensure that the funding was there to make sure they remain safe. Prior to Chris’ question, Mr Eustice had implied that the management of former coal mines was a devolved matter in response to a question from Pontypridd MP, Alex Davies-Jones. The Coal Industry Act (1994) gives the UK Government legal responsibility for the management of former coal sites, many of which are found in

Elmore Raises Awareness of Post Office Services Following Temporary Closure

The Post Office has recently made public the decision to temporarily close its branch in Llanharan, citing operational issues. During the closure, the nearest alternative services can be accessed in Bryncae, Brynna, and Llanharry. Post Office closures have been a matter of concern for many across the UK in recent years and Chris has been working closely with local residents to minimise the impact this has on his Ogmore constituency. In April 2019, a survey conducted by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee suggested that up to a fifth of Post Office branches could close due to financial concerns. This could have a significant impact on the community as the Post Office

“Ofcom will need real powers to take on social media giants” – Chris Elmore MP

Local Welsh Labour MP, Chris Elmore, has welcomed the UK Government’s announcement that Ofcom is set to regulate social media platforms to protect their users from online harms. Chris, who Chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media, said the decision was “welcome”, but called on ministers to accelerate their plans to protect young people online. Then Culture Secretary, Nicky Morgan MP, announced that the broadcast regulator would receive the new remit of regulating social media platforms following a consultation, due to report back in spring 2020. Chris Elmore MP said: “Just as Ofcom shields children from inappropriate content on TV before 9pm, today’s announcement needs to do

Ogmore MP Supports The “Purple Vote” Campaign

Chris Elmore MP has added his support to the Purple Vote Campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the needs of disabled people and to encourage people living with disabilities to vote and to stand as candidates in elections. Analysis across Europe has shown that people with disabilities feel less confident in their ability to participate in and influence politics and have a lower propensity to vote, despite being more likely to be registered on the UK’s electoral register. Among respondents surveyed during the 2017 General Election, 10 per cent said they had a disability, compared with 18 per cent of the population. 5 of the MPs who were elected at that election reported as having some for

Elmore Calls For More Infrastructure Funding From UK Government

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has called on the UK Government to increase infrastructure funding to Wales following the confirmation that HS2 is getting the go ahead. It was announced last week that the delayed project would go ahead despite fears that the project will be significantly over budget. During Treasury Questions last week, Chris tackled ministers on the lack of infrastructure funding in Wales, given the significant investment now set to be allocated to England. Wales has 11 per cent of the total rail lines across England and Wales and 20 per cent of the level crossings. Despite this, only 2 per cent of the funding for key improvements has been sent across the Welsh border. Chris Elmore

Late Christmas Present For MP’s Competition Winners

Local MP, Chris Elmore, has visited pupils at Maesteg School to present the winner of his recent Christmas card competition with their prize. Riley Llewelyn won last year’s competition, but Chris was unable to visit the school to present him with his prize due to December’s General Election campaign. During his visit, Chris congratulated Riley on his inspired design and also presented one of the competition’s two runners up, Shania, with an additional prize. The other runner up, Kian Thomas from Ysgol Bryn Castell, was also given a prize by Chris at a special assembly at his school last month. Chris Elmore MP said: “I’m really pleased that I’ve been able to come and present Riley and Shania

Ogmore MP: “Our Farmers’ Rights and Environmental Standards Must Be Protected”

Chris Elmore MP has voiced his fears about the risk of UK Government Ministers reneging on the clear commitments they have made to protect the agricultural industry and uphold environmental standards post-Brexit. Speaking during the second reading debate of the Agriculture Bill, the Ogmore MP highlighted the concerns that have been raised by the National Farmers’ Union of Wales (NFUW) that key commitments made in the Conservative’s 2019 manifesto are not set to be enshrined in law. While many farmers and the NFU are calling for farming standards to be upheld and strengthened within any future trade deal with the USA, no such commitment has been written into the Agriculture Bill. Earlier this

Chris Elmore Supports Medical Cannabis Campaigners

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, met with campaigners from the End Our Pain charity in Westminster last week to add his support to the ongoing difficulty they are facing. The Ogmore MP spoke with several parents who have been campaigning for their children to have access to medical cannabis for serious forms of epilepsy and other rare and debilitating illnesses. Medicinal cannabis was legalised by the UK Government on 1 November last year, but many families who need the drug are still unable to access it. Many of them are instead being forced to spend thousands of pounds to travel to the Netherlands to get the medication their often severely ill children need. At the event, Chris ad

Ogmore MP and AM To Hold Annual Funding Advice Day

Local MP and AM Chris Elmore and Huw Irranca-Davies are inviting local clubs, charities, and community groups to attend their fourth annual Funding Advice Day. This year’s advice day will take place at the Community Church, Aberkenfig, and Chris and Huw’s constituents will have the opportunity to meet with 14 different funding providers and support organisations. Last year over 100 local residents representing local groups attended, with several managing to secure vital funds for their organisations. Chris Elmore said: “Since I was first elected, I’ve been really keen to help bring as many new community funding opportunities to the attention of local clubs and groups. Each year, our Funding

“Six Nations Must Remain Free On TV” – Ogmore MP

Local MP Chris Elmore has joined a group of his Welsh Labour colleagues in calling on the UK Government to ensure the Six Nations rugby tournament remains on free-to-view TV channels. The group believe viewing figures could “crash” if the matches are aired via digital subscription services in the future. From 2021, a share of the rights to the tournament is set to be held by CVC Capital Partners and is likely to be packaged in with autumn internationals and summer tours and be at least partially behind a paywall. Chris Elmore said: “Rugby is the lifeblood of many of our communities, whether that be on the pitch, in our local pubs, or in living rooms across the country. We must ensure that ev

“Local Post Office Services Must Be Protected” – Chris Elmore MP

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore met with the Post Office last week to discuss the implications of their latest five-year strategy on his Ogmore constituency. The strategy includes increasing turnaround and growth in the UK and connecting customers, companies, and countries as well as expanding outside the UK and developing a more parcel-led business. The Post Office remains a vital service for many people, particularly those living in rural communities. In recent years however, the Post Office presence in many towns and villages has begun to recede. Many Post Offices also now provide banking services, as high street bank branches continue to close across the UK. Last October Barclays Bank were forced

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