Elmore calls for action to curb “digital pandemic” of anti-vax misinformation

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has called on the UK Government to take urgent and decisive steps to confront the burgeoning “digital pandemic” of misinformation disputing the safety of Covid-19 vaccines. Leading the end of day adjournment debate in Parliament on Monday, the Ogmore MP urged ministers to ensure the social media giants live up to their “moral responsibilities to their users and to the world” as the race to identify a Covid-19 vaccine continues. The Welsh Labour MP also called for an “overhaul” of the government’s communications strategy about vaccine safety – and for a much wider promotion of the rigorous process through which vaccines are approved. Chris Elmore MP s

Voting against free school meals “typical of the Tories” – Elmore

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has condemned Conservative MPs for voting against Labour proposals to extend the provision of free school meals in England over the school holidays. On Wednesday, the Labour Party voted in favour of a motion in Parliament which would have meant disadvantaged pupils in England would receive their free school meal allowance over the half term and Christmas holidays. The Welsh Labour Government has already confirmed that this will be extended to school kids across Wales until at least Easter 2021. Chris Elmore MP said: “This week we’ve seen revelations from the government that private contractors are being paid up to £7,000 per day to run their failing

Pandemic’s economic slump “hitting women hardest”, says local MP

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has called on the UK Government to bring forward more support for women facing job losses because of the Covid-19 pandemic. During women and equalities questions in Parliament this week, Chris called on ministers to ensure that working class women in particular are not adversely impacted as the economic impact of the coronavirus continues to bite. Research from the Women’s Budget Group has revealed that 43 per cent of working class women reported having their hours cut to zero during April this year. Chris Elmore MP said: “We were told at the start of this crisis that this pandemic was going to be a “great leveller”, but we now know that many people

Sack Serco and follow Welsh Labour’s lead on Test and Trace, says Ogmore MP

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has condemned the UK Government’s “testing fiasco” and called on ministers to mirror the approach of the Welsh Government. Latest official statistics show that the UK Government’s Test and Trace system, which is run by private companies including Serco, has achieved a record low contact rate of just 63 per cent. In Wales, track and trace is being treated as a public service that is locally run and has achieved a contact rate of 96 per cent since 21 June, helping communities stay safe from coronavirus. During a debate in Parliament on the UK Government’s economic response to the pandemic, Chris asked Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, Anneliese Dodds MP, whe

Too many pensioners “aren’t claiming what they’re entitled to” – Chris Elmore MP

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has held a virtual event with the charity Independent Age to discuss what steps can be taken to ensure pensioners claim the welfare benefits they are entitled to. Research from Independent Age shows that while around four million older people are entitled to receive Pension Credit to top up their retirement income, approximately a third of those eligible are not claiming it. Chris is currently working with the charity on its “Credit Where It’s Due” campaign, which seeks to increase the uptake of this crucial welfare payment. During the virtual event, Chris met with representatives from the charity and cross-party Parliamentary colleagues to discuss t

Ogmore MP backs Keir Starmer’s call for short “circuit breaker” lockdown to curb virus transmission

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has backed Labour Leader, Keir Starmer’s call for a short, decisive “circuit breaker” lockdown to help curb the rising infection rate across the UK. Starmer called for a two to three week lockdown, notably without the closure of schools, to help bring down the R-rate and to help prevent such restrictions having to be in place for a longer period in the depths of winter. Welsh Labour First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has also called on the Prime Minister to discuss the implementation of a circuit breaker with the devolved administrations. Boris Johnson has so far ploughed on with his widely criticised tiered system of lockdowns in England. Chris Elmore

Elmore blasts Chancellor for throwing the arts “under the bus”

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has lambasted the Chancellor of the Exchequer after he suggested that musicians and others working in the arts should look for “new opportunities”. Rishi Sunak’s remarks to ITV earlier this week have been widely condemned by those working in the creative industries – many of whom say they are not currently receiving anywhere near enough support from the UK Government. Chris challenged Boris Johnson directly on his Chancellor’s comments on Wednesday (7 October) at the latest session of Prime Minister’s Questions, stating that his comments had given the impression that the government was sending a message that those working in the arts should “go away,

Online harms “ticking time bomb” which demand action – Chris Elmore MP

Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has called on the UK Government to act “swiftly and decisively” in bringing forward vital new legislation to protect people online. Chris, who is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media, spoke out this week during a debate in Parliament on the government’s new measures which are set to be formally put before Parliament early next year. Chris has been campaigning for greater safeguards online – particularly for young people – since he first established the cross-party group in 2018. Over the summer, the Ogmore MP has grown increasingly concerned about the stark levels of misinformation that is now circulating online concerning t

Ogmore MP urges constituents to seek support if they are struggling with their mental health

Ahead of World Mental Health Day this weekend, Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore is urging his constituents to seek support if they are struggling during the pandemic. Coronavirus and lockdown have taken an immeasurable toll on people’s mental health. A survey conducted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in May reported that 43% of UK psychiatrists saw an increase in urgent and emergency cases following lockdown. According to data from the Office for National Statistics, almost one in five adults (19.2%) in Great Britain were likely to be experiencing some form of depression in June – nearly double the rate before the pandemic. Chris is now keen to signpost support to those who may be struggling

Ogmore MP calls on UK Government to ensure Ogmore’s locked-down residents can obtain holiday refunds

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called on the UK Government to ensure that constituents who had holidays booked which were affected by the local lockdowns now in place are able to receive refunds. In a letter jointly addressed to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Bu siness Secretary Alok Sharma, Elmore, along with other Welsh Labour MPs, called on the UK Government to make it clear to airlines and travel companies that Welsh Government regulations carry the force of UK law. As such, those residents affected by local lockdowns must receive refunds or credit notices for flights and holidays they are now unable to take. Chris Elmore MP said: “I know Ogmore residents want to do the right thi

Ogmore MP calls for scammers to face full force of law

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called for scammers who try to exploit vulnerable people during the Coronavirus pandemic to face the full force of the law. Speaking during Health Questions in the House of Commons, Elmore urged the UK Government to take action to ensure that criminals attempting to scam people out of money under the pretence of providing an NHS Covid-19 test should face prosecution. Chris Elmore MP said: “It beggars belief that cruel scammers are seeking to take advantage of some of the most vulnerable people in the UK during a global pandemic. But sadly, we know that criminals are cold calling and persuading people to hand over their bank details in the name of the NHS Test

Ogmore MP calls on UK Government to stop holidaymakers from high-risk areas travelling into Wales

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called on the UK Government to prevent those people living in areas in England under local lockdown from travelling to Wales on holiday. Speaking during Cabinet Office Questions in the House of Commons, Elmore asked Paymaster General Penny Mordaunt to take up the issue with the Prime Minister. In Wales, where local lockdowns are in place, residents are not permitted to leave the area except for specific exceptions such as attending work or school or accessing vital services However, the same rules do not apply in local lockdown areas in England, leading to concern that people from high-risk areas in England could travel into Wales on holiday and further the s

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