Now “the worst time” to reduce government scrutiny – Chris Elmore MP

Local Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, is disappointed that the UK Government has chosen to halt its daily Downing Street press conferences just as lockdown restrictions continue to be eased. Yesterday (23 June) Number 10 announced that the daily briefings will now only happen when a significant development in the UK Government’s response to coronavirus is announced. The Welsh Labour Government has since confirmed that it has “no plans” to stop its similar daily press conferences. Since the UK-wide lockdown was first announced, daily press briefings have become commonplace across all four nations. This latest move follows the UK Government’s decision to reduce the weekly number of s

Ogmore MP calls on constituents to “buy local” as lockdown restrictions are eased

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, is calling on his constituents to take advantage of the “fantastic examples of local produce” available as lockdown restrictions begin to be eased in Wales. Chris is asking Ogmore constituents to share examples of good quality, affordable produce that is being sold locally to support business owners across Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf county boroughs. Chris intends to promote these examples through his social media feeds to encourage local residents to shop locally and support one another as coronavirus restrictions begin to be relaxed. Chris Elmore MP said: “The coronavirus pandemic has underlined the need for us all to make better use of the many

Ogmore MP calls for urgent aviation sector deal to prevent £1.6 billion “black hole” in South Wales

Local Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has called on the UK Government to bring forward an urgent sector deal for the aviation sector, which continues to grapple with the coronavirus crisis. Speaking after an urgent question in Parliament on the economic response to COVID-19, the Ogmore MP called on ministers to “do whatever it takes” to protect highly-skilled, well-paid Welsh jobs. He also stressed that additional support was needed for British Airways workers and the wider supply chain who have faced grave uncertainty since the pandemic began. At the end of last month, news broke of 400 possible job losses among BA staff working at their sites in Llantrisant, Blackwood, and Cardif

Free school meals u-turn “a victory for common sense and decency”, says Ogmore MP

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has welcomed the UK Government’s u-turn on providing free school meals for children in England over the summer holidays, calling it a “victory for common sense and decency”. On Tuesday (16 June), Downing Street was forced to announce plans to extend the provision of free school meal vouchers for school pupils in England after facing significant pressure from the Labour Party and England football international, Marcus Rashford. On 22 April, the Welsh Labour Government announced that pupils in Wales who are eligible for free school meals would continue to receive this provision for the duration of the summer holidays. Funding equating to £19.50 per wee

Abolishing aid department during pandemic “shameful and utterly counterproductive” – Ogmore MP

Chris Elmore, Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, has flatly condemned the Prime Minister’s decision to abolish the Department for International Development, calling it “a distraction from the pressing issues at hand”. Rumours of the department’s demise have circulated for years and Downing Street has now confirmed that the UK Government intends to fold DfID into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Secretary of State for International Development is set to be “retired” from her duties in September. Leader of the Opposition, Keir Starmer MP, said the decision “diminishes Britain’s place in the world” and several leading aid charities have raised serious concerns about the Prime Minister’s plan.

“Role of carers must not be forgotten once this pandemic is over” – Chris Elmore MP

During Carers’ Week (8-14 June), local Welsh Labour MP, Chris Elmore, has praised the “herculean efforts” of care workers across his Ogmore constituency during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are currently around 370,000 carers in Wales – the highest proportionate figure across all UK nations. It is estimated that there will be over half a million Welsh carers by 2037. New figures from Carers UK show that as many as 4.5 million more people have become unpaid carers during the coronavirus pandemic across the UK. This adds to the estimated 9.1 million people who already provided unpaid care. Welsh Labour First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford MS, recently announced a special payment of £500 whic

Local MP calls for UK Government action on “BA betrayal”

Chris Elmore MP has urged the UK Government to do more to support workers in the civil aviation sector as the industry continues to grapple with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. At the end of last month, news broke of 400 possible job losses among BA staff working at their sites in Llantrisant, Blackwood, and Cardiff Airport. BA has said that, at this point, these job losses are “proposals” and that they are entering into a period of consultation with workers at these sites. Recent media reports have indicated that the national flag carrier is seeking to change the employment rights of the workers who are not made redundant in the short-term. The airline has already furloughed 2

Local MP calls for clarity on UK Border restrictions

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has raised concerns about the UK Government’s border quarantine strategy which has been widely criticised. The Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP, recently announced a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days for everyone entering a UK Border which came into force on Monday (8 June). Certain exceptions to this restrictions have been announced, including for lorry drivers and people entering the UK from the Republic of Ireland. Speaking following a Commons statement from the Home Secretary, Chris raised his dismay at the lack of official advanced guidance being made available to travellers in advance of the changes coming into force. Chris has been particularly concerned ab

Ogmore MP invites constituents to attend virtual advice surgeries

Local Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, is inviting his constituents to attend a new series of virtual advice surgeries which are soon to be held via the videoconferencing app, Zoom. Since the Covid-19 lockdown began, Chris and his office team have been working remotely to respond to an unprecedented number of enquiries from local residents. As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, he has now scheduled a series of advice surgeries through which constituents can schedule virtual face-to-face conversations with him should they need to. Chris Elmore MP said: “My postbag and email inbox has understandably been extremely full since this unsettling period began. My team and I have been work

Local MP praises Ogmore volunteers “going above and beyond” for the community

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has marked National Volunteers’ Week with praise for the efforts of the local volunteers who have been working so hard for the community during the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has prompted a huge increase in volunteering with thousands signing up to volunteer in the NHS and local organisations forming to help those advised to shield in their homes. Chris Elmore MP said: “Our community has always been close knit, but it’s been incredibly heart-warming to hear the stories of people helping to support one another through this crisis. “The pandemic has reminded us of the importance of community connections and we’ve seen so many examples here in Ogmore, from groups

Local MP urges constituents to remain vigilant after a rise in deliberate grass fires

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore is urging constituents to contact local police if they have any information on the deliberate grass fires that have been set across the South Wales region. Fire crews had to attend nearly 70 grass fires set deliberately over the weekend across South Wales. Concerns are being raised about the impact on emergency services at a time when they are still under immense pressure dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The majority of the fires required multiple fire engines, specialist wildlife vehicles, and a helicopter as well as police, Natural Resources Wales, and the local authority. Chris Elmore MP said: “It beggars belief that at a time of national crisis when so many p

Risks of a return to Parliament “setting a bad example to employers” – Chris Elmore MP

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has expressed concern that the Tories’ abandonment of hybrid Parliamentary proceedings could disenfranchise swathes of the UK - as well as setting a bad example for employers who will demand their employees return without adequate systems in place for their protection. MPs were recalled to Parliament on Tuesday 2nd June, despite concerns that Members who are older, who are shielding, or who have caring responsibilities may not be able to attend - effectively denying their constituents representation. There are also concerns that by unnecessarily abandoning remote working practices without properly ensuring the safety of MPs and Parliamentary staff, the UK Government is

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