Ogmore MP urges constituents to support local restaurants and eateries

Chris Elmore MP is urging local residents to take advantage of the new Eat Out to Help Out scheme to support local restaurants and eateries across the Ogmore constituency. The Eat Out to Help Out scheme will give customers a 50 per cent discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks up to a £10 discount per diner every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August. Local residents can enter their postcode into the following website to find local outlets which are taking part in the scheme: gov.uk/guidance/get-a-discount-with-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme. Chris Elmore MP said: “Our restaurants and local cafes have been particularly hard hit by this pandemic, and I would urge all constitu

Elmore joins Bridgend Youth Council’s latest virtual meeting

Local Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, was delighted to join Bridgend Youth Council’s latest meeting last week via the videoconferencing app, Zoom. Joined by the Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, Councillor Huw David, Chris and the group discussed a variety of issues, including the continuing response to Covid-19, votes at 16, and the climate emergency. Bridgend Youth Council consists of a mayor, cabinet members, and tens of youth councillors aged between 11 and 25. They are currently looking at a range of issues, including: education, with a particular focus on political education in schools, climate and environmental change, the importance of sustainability, and mental he

Local MP urges constituents to take part in summer survey as easing of lockdown continues

Local Welsh Labour MP, Chris Elmore, is calling on his constituents to take part in Welsh Labour’s Summer Survey to let him know their views on the public health and economic responses to COVID-19. Parliament’s brief summer recess started this week and Chris will be continuing to raise issues and concerns on behalf of constituents as lockdown restrictions are further eased in Wales. The Ogmore MP is keen to hear what his constituents have to say on a variety of issues, including the public health messaging around the pandemic, the type of economic recovery local residents want to see, and where they believe investment and jobs support should be focused. Chris Elmore MP said: “This has been a

Ogmore MP and MS thank Ford workers for supporting other local businesses during pandemic

Local Welsh Labour duo, Huw Irranca-Davies MS and Chris Elmore MP have praised the “amazing community spirit and resilience” of Unite workers at the Ford engine plant in Bridgend who have been creating and distributing free visors to local businesses and organisations as lockdown restrictions continue to be eased. Over the two weeks, Chris and Huw helped distribute over 1200 of the free visors to local high street traders, small businesses, charities, care homes and support organisations throughout the Ogmore constituency. They’ve worked closely with Sarah Murphy of the Bridgend Coronavirus support group who has been distributing the visors south of the M4 in the Bridgend area too. The Unite

“Stop outsourcing government welfare to the BBC”, Ogmore MP tells UK Government

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has blasted the UK Government for misleading pensioners as to the true reason why people over the age of 75 will soon lose their entitlement to a free TV licence. From next month, the BBC has said that it will be unable to continue funding the provision which was first introduced in 2001 by the then-Labour Chancellor, Gordon Brown. This follows the Conservative Government’s decision to hand over responsibility for funding the free licences to the BBC in 2015. After this agreement had been reached, the Conservatives pledged to protect free TV licences for the over 75s in its 2017 General Election manifesto, in the full knowledge that the BBC would assume responsibility

South Wales economy is “at a perilous crossroads” – Ogmore MP calls on UK Government to act

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has called on the UK Government to bring forward specific support to save jobs and create new employment opportunities to support the South Wales economy. This latest intervention comes as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on the region four months after the initial lockdown was implemented. Speaking during the latest question session with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy in the Commons, Chris called on ministers to bring forward support to “save, protect, and create new, highly-skilled and well-paid” jobs. The Ogmore MP highlighted the string of recent job losses announc

Ogmore MP continues to push for rail investment in Wales

Local Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, continued campaigning to secure greater rail investment this week by chairing a virtual meeting of cross-party MPs, Transport for Wales, and Network Rail. Since he was first elected in 2016, Chris has been calling on the UK Government to address the inadequate level of resources allocated to the Welsh rail network in comparison to other UK nations. As longstanding Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rail in Wales, Chris convened the meeting on Monday (13 July) to allow MPs from across Wales to raise issues directly with representatives from Transport for Wales and Network Rail. The franchisee and the network operator also took the opp

Local MP praises “incredible work” of local Maesteg charity during pandemic

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has paid tribute to the hard work of local volunteers at local Llynfi Valley charity, Special Families Maesteg, who he took the opportunity to visit now lockdown restrictions in Wales have begun to be eased. While adhering to social distancing at all times, the local MP caught up with the team and was updated on the work the charity has been doing to support local people during the current crisis. Volunteers have been helping over 300 families across the valley by shopping for food on their behalf, making check-in phone calls, helping with the collection of medicines, and various other activities as the impact of coronavirus continues. The charity has also continued

Elmore calls on government to take on anti-vax conspiracists

The English Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, has revealed that he will shortly be meeting with Facebook Vice President, Nick Clegg, to tackle misinformation further spreading during the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Hancock revealed the development in response to a question from Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, who called anti-vaccination conspiracy theories an “ideological time bomb waiting to go off”. The Welsh Labour MP registered his concern that a growing level of so-called “anti-vax” misinformation has been spreading online – particularly via social media platforms. Speaking following his latest coronavirus statement in Parliament, Mr Hancock said that social media giants had an “important respon

Local MP calls for Ineos to reconsider their decision to withdraw from Bridgend

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has called for Ineos to reconsider their decision to withdraw plans to manufacture its new 4x4 Grenadier vehicle on a site next to the Ford plant in Bridgend. Last year, Ineos Automotive announced plans to build the Grenadier on a site offering up to 500 jobs. The announcement had softened the blow of Ford’s decision to close its Bridgend plant, with the loss of 1,700 jobs. The company have said that a new opportunity has opened up in Moselle, France where Mercedes-Benz are selling their Hambach site. Ineos will complete their review in a few weeks. Chris Elmore MP said: “The announcement from Ineos about their review into operations at Brocastle is deeply concerning.

Local MP expresses concerns for the future of Armed Forces charities

Chris Elmore MP has urged the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to work with the Treasury to ensure that support for veterans is still available during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Forces.net, one in ten Armed Forces charities believe that they will have to close within the next year as a result of the pandemic. Veterans’ Minister Johnny Mercer MP had previously announced £6 million in funding for Armed Forces charities, but with a sector that largely relies on fundraising events for income, there are worries that this will not be enough. Chris Elmore MP said: “Our Services personnel have truly gone above and beyond what is expected of them during this pandemic. From supporting the

Local MP fears UK Government arts funding is too little, too late

Chris Elmore MP has condemned the UK Government’s ‘one size fits all’ approach to furlough and called on them to extend the scheme to support those sectors - such as the arts - where full reopening is still some time away. The UK Government this week announced a belated emergency rescue package for the arts, with £59 million of the funding earmarked for cinemas, galleries, theatres and music venues. But this funding is a drop in the ocean with the Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales, Nick Capaldi, recently warning that the Millennium Centre in Cardiff alone could lose £20 million over the current financial year. With social distancing limiting audience numbers for some time to com

Ogmore MP calls for “renewed long-term commitment” to NHS ahead of its 72nd birthday

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has called for a “renewed long-term commitment” to the NHS remaining free at the point of use across the UK in advance of the 75th anniversary of its creation this Sunday (5 July). On Sunday afternoon at 5pm, a national applause has been planned to celebrate the many successes of the NHS across the UK as it begins to embark on its 73rd year in operation. The NHS was first launched by the then Labour Minister of Health in Clement Attlee’s post-war government, Aneurin Bevan, at the Park Hospital in Manchester. After years of political wrangling, this change marked a move towards providing a strong and reliable healthcare system to everyone, regardless

Ogmore MP calls on constituents to promote local businesses as lockdown restrictions ease

As communities across Wales look forward to a further easing of lockdown restrictions next Monday (6 July), Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, is calling on his constituents to “shop local” to support local small businesses. Since the pandemic began, Chris has been sharing contact details of local food businesses offering delivery services and he is now seeking to do the same for the many local businesses which have begun re-opening. The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on many businesses’ ability to trade and, despite the significant support made available by the Welsh Labour Government, the future still looks incredibly uncertain. Chris Elmore MP said: “We have so m

PM’s plan to “build, build, build” must benefit communities in Wales – Ogmore MP

Local Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has said Boris Johnson’s plan to “build, build, build” the country’s way out of the economic crisis caused by coronavirus presents “little, if anything, new” for communities in Wales. Speaking in the West Midlands on Tuesday (30 June), the Prime Minister said that now was the time to be “ambitious” about the country’s future. Despite this, the plan outlined was vague and contained several commitments which had previously been made several times. As part of his speech, the Prime Minister also announced plans to invest £1 billion to build new schools in England, after a decade of stagnation. In contrast, by 2024, the Welsh Labour Government’s 21s

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