Ogmore MP urges constituents to “Keep Wales Safe” in the face of ongoing local lockdowns

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has urged constituents to continue to follow the new Coronavirus regulations introduced as local lockdowns are maintained in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Bridgend. He has also encouraged constituents to download the new NHS Covid-19 app which launched this week and can be downloaded to your smartphone from either the App Store or Google Play to know your local risk level, book a test if necessary and help keep the community safe. Chris Elmore MP said: “I know that the restrictions we are living with are frustrating for everyone in our community, but it is vital that they are followed so that we can defeat the virus. “As the evidence from Caerphilly - the first area to g

Ogmore MP hails Labour Leader’s vision for Wales and the UK

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has hailed Keir Starmer’s vision for the nation as the Labour Leader spoken to the nation in this week’s virtual Conference speech. Although the Labour Party Conference could not go ahead this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic, this week saw Labour Connected take place, with the Labour movement coming together online to enjoy four days of speeches, training, rallies, and policy discussions. On Tuesday, Keir Starmer spoke to the virtual conference - and to the country - about his vision for Britain to be the “best place to grow up in and the best place to grow old in” as he vowed that Labour will be the party of opportunity, family and security. Chris Elmor

Ogmore MP pledges support for Ford Bridgend workers as plant shuts its doors after 40 years

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has pledged his support for Ford Bridgend workers as the plant today (Friday) shuts down production after forty years. The closure, announced last year, will see the loss of around 1600 jobs.  However, Ford has established a £1m community legacy fund, to which employee-nominated charities and community organisations can apply.  It has also established a £2m research and development fund to be targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises and academic projects, to be administered by Welsh Government. Chris Elmore MP said: “The Ford Plant has been an incredibly important part of Bridgend and the surrounding area’s economy for so long, and today’s closure and associated

Elmore backs British farmers in Ogmore

At Prime Minister’s Questions this week, Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, showed his support for British food and farming on Back British Farming Day, recognising the crucial role farmers play in producing food for the nation and caring for the countryside. The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) provided MPs with a Back British Farming wool and wheatsheaf pin badge to publicly display their support at a crucial time for the agricultural sector with trade negotiations, including crucial talks with the EU, ongoing. The UK food and farming industry is worth more than £120 billion to the national economy and employs more than 4 million people. Chris Elmore MP said: “Farmers were rightly identified as key wor

Ogmore MP highlights “truly shocking” new report on suicide from local campaigner

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has highlighted the “truly shocking” new research that has been published concerning the suicide rate among fathers. On World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September), local campaigner, Mark Williams has published a new report setting out the issues facing paternal mental health over the past decade. Partly influenced by UK fathers’ mental health campaigners, in January 2019 NHS England announced that, for the very first time, fathers whose partners were accessing specialist perinatal mental health services would now be screened for their own mental health.  While this is a positive step, much more support is needed. Currently, the World Health Organisa

“A recession was inevitable; Boris Johnson’s jobs crisis was not” – Chris Elmore MP

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has slammed the UK Government’s approach to protecting jobs and businesses as ministers look towards the next stage of their pandemic response. Speaking during an opposition debate on protecting jobs and businesses, Chris called on the Chancellor to end his “one-size-fits-all” approach to economic recovery and to extend the furlough scheme on a sectoral basis. Speaking after the debate, Chris Elmore MP said: “Individuals, families, and businesses across the country have made immeasurable sacrifices to help stop the spread of this terrible virus. The last thing they need now is for the economic rug to be pulled from under their feet just as they need

Ogmore MP calls on UK Government to tackle anti-vax misinformation online

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called on the UK Government to take action to ensure that social media companies tackle anti-vaccination misinformation online. Speaking in the House of Commons this week, Elmore highlighted how the spread of misinformation could undermine our ability to end the Coronavirus crisis with a clinically safe and effective vaccine. His intervention came as research from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) showed that social networks are failing to tackle coronavirus-related anti-vaccination posts containing "clearly harmful information" even after the material is brought to their attention. Chris Elmore MP said: “Tackling pernicious anti-vax misinformatio

Ogmore MP urges residents to get tested if they think they may have contracted Covid-19

Following concerns expressed on social media about a possible new case of Covid-19 in the Maesteg area, Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has urged residents who suspect they may have contracted the virus to get tested as soon as possible. Chris Elmore MP said: “The reason why Covid-19 restrictions have been relaxed over the summer is because of the effort we have all made to follow the rules, observe social distancing and respect each other’s health. We must continue to work together to stop the virus from spreading once again. “I would urge all my constituents to stay up to date on the latest public health advice. If you suspect you may have contracted Covid-19, then self-isolate and get tested. W

Ogmore MP expresses gratitude to those who have supported a safe return to school for students

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has expressed his gratitude to all those teachers, families and local authority employees who have ensured a safe return to school for pupils across Ogmore. Chris Elmore MP said: “It's been fantastic to see students and teachers heading back to school this week. An enormous amount of effort has gone into not just making our schools physically safe and Covid-secure - but also into supporting the emotional and mental wellbeing of pupils as they return to a very different environment after a prolonged break. “This has been an exceptionally difficult time for teachers, students, and their families. They should all be proud of their hard work and how they have adapted to

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