“It cannot be one rule for Downing Street advisors and another for the rest of us” – Ogmore MP

Local Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has spoken out about the correspondence he has had from “angry, upset, and hurting” constituents who have reached out to him following revelations that the Prime Minister’s chief advisor broke lockdown rules. Over the weekend, in an unprecedented move, Dominic Cummings led a press conference in Downing Street’s rose garden in an attempt to explain why he broke the public health regulations he helped to create. Since the scandal first broke last week, numerous constituents have emailed Chris detailing the personal sacrifices they have made due to the restrictions being in place and to note their displeasure at the apparent hypocrisy of Cummings’

Local MP urges constituents to respect social distancing guidelines

Chris Elmore MP is urging local residents to continue following the Welsh Labour Government’s social distancing guidelines to prevent a second peak of COVID-19. The Ogmore MP has recently received concerning reports of breaches of social distancing when people are using public spaces – including incidents of antisocial behaviour. Lockdown restrictions remain unchanged in Wales and the public are still required to stay at home, except for essential reasons and exercise. When people do leave their homes, strict social distancing measures must be adhered to by keeping at least 2 metres apart from individuals from other households. Chris Elmore MP said: “I would like to thank the vast majority o

Local MP praises Pencoed firm for their “crucial role” in fight against COVID-19

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has praised Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (OCD) based in his constituency for playing a leading role in responding to COVID-19. OCD is one of the key firms producing crucial antibody tests which will help to determine when an individual has previously had the virus. The tests are considered to be a critical part of the Welsh and UK Government’s strategies to ease lockdown restrictions which were put in place back in March. The US firm which owns the site in Pencoed is the only company currently manufacturing the test in the UK. The test will use a sample of blood to check for antibodies to which could provide a level of immunity to COVID-19. Urgent rese

Elmore makes despatch box debut in new front bench role

Local Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has taken to the despatch box for the first time as a Shadow Minister in Keir Starmer’s new front bench team. Following last month’s reshuffle, Chris was promoted to serve as Shadow Minister for Scotland, alongside his responsibilities as a Senior Opposition Whip. Today (Wednesday, 20 May) Chris spoke from the front bench during Scottish Questions as the country enters week nine of lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19. He raised concerns on behalf of the universities sector in Scotland which is set to face a £500 million deficit in the next academic year following the disruption caused by the pandemic. Universities Scotland currently anticipat

Fraudsters still “cashing in” on COVID-19 crisis, Ogmore MP warns

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, is urging constituents to remain vigilant against the spike in scams which have appeared during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the lockdown began, Chris has been sharing information with constituents about how to be scam aware via his social media feeds. Friends Against Scams, run by Trading Standards, has warned that “unscrupulous criminals” are “exploiting fears about COVID-19” to prey on members of the public. Friends Against Scams have outlined that there are currently seven key types of scams they are concerned have increased during this period of uncertainty: · Doorstep scams · Online scams (email phishing, fake online resources, et

Seeking mental health support has “never been more important” – Ogmore MP

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore is urging local residents to “reach out” for support if their mental health or wellbeing is suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week, which annually seeks to raise awareness of the issues facing people with mental health issues and signpost support to those who are struggling. The theme of this year’s awareness week is kindness, with people across the UK being encouraged to become more aware of the need to be kind – even to those we do not directly know. Chris Elmore MP said: “It’s always important to look after your mental health and wellbeing but this awful pandemic has really underscored just how crucial it is that we look

Local MP Urges Constituents to Continue Following Welsh Government Social Distancing Guidelines

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has urged constituents to continue to follow social distancing guidelines after clarification from Welsh Government that lockdown has not changed in Wales. The Prime Minister on Sunday night announced changes to the lockdown in England, with people allowed to sunbathe in parks and travel to exercise. Boris Johnson has also outlined plans for some school children to return at the start of June. However, rules have not changed in Wales, with only essential journeys permitted and exercise only allowed to take place locally. Chris Elmore MP said: “We have seen from other countries in Europe that lifting lockdown restrictions too soon can lead to a dangerous spike in the tr

Ogmore MP Highlights Issue of Domestic Abuse among Older People

Chris Elmore MP last week urged the Government to offer more support to older people at risk from domestic abuse. Speaking in the House of Commons, Elmore highlighted figures from Age UK which show that one in four victims of recorded domestic murders are over the age of 60, with 280,000 people aged 60-74 experiencing some form of domestic abuse in England and Wales in 2019. Age UK’s research also found that perpetrators included friends and neighbours as well as family members and that safeguards need to be put in place to stop any abuse being perpetrated by those in a caring position. Chris Elmore MP said: “We know that for many people, home is not a safe place, and tragically the lockdow

Local MP Updates Constituents on Maesteg Post Office

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has reiterated his support for maintaining local post office services in Maesteg. The Post Office have been advertising for a new permanent Postmaster for their Maesteg branch and have been engaging with local businesses to try and ensure that the provision of the local post office is maintained. Chris Elmore MP said: “Retaining the provision of local post office services in Maesteg is vital – not just to maintain the traditional Post Office services many local residents rely on, but also to ensure that constituents can continue to access key banking services. The closure of many high street bank branches has made this all the more important. “Huw Irranca-Davies and I

Local MP encourages self-employed constituents to keep an eye out for HMRC correspondence

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, is seeking to warn constituents that they may be contacted shortly if they are eligible for the UK Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. This week (commencing 4 May), HMRC has begun contacting those eligible for the scheme, which will fund up to 80 per cent of average trading profits up to a maximum of £7,500. The total grant amount will equate to an average of three months’ trading profits up to this cap and will be paid in a single instalment. HMRC is also encouraging self-employed people to go online and check whether they are eligible for the scheme via: https://tinyurl.com/y7hktgng. Chris Elmore MP said: “I know how concerned many

Ogmore MP shares thoughts on the 75th anniversary of VE Day

This Friday (9 May) marks Victory in Europe (VE) Day. Despite the social distancing measures that remain in place, communities in the Ogmore constituency and across Ogmore are finding unique ways to mark the landmark anniversary while respecting the lockdown restrictions. Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore will be sharing a special video to mark VE Day via his social media feeds and is encouraging his constituents to connect digitally with others to mark this important moment in Europe’s history. Ahead of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Chris Elmore MP said: “While this isn’t the way we all wanted to mark this important day in our country’s history just a few months ago, I know that my constituents

Local MP urges constituents to exercise their rights to travel refunds

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore is encouraging constituents to exercise their legal rights if their holiday or flight has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advices against all non-essential travel indefinitely, meaning holidays are currently on hold. Many have been left with questions over rights to refunds for cancelled flights, holidays, and hotels. Companies including TUI, Love Holidays, Virgin Holidays, and Ryanair have been offering credit notes for cancelled bookings in the first instance, even when customers have asked for cash refunds. Chris Elmore MP said: “We must be clear: the law says that you are entitled to a full refund if

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