Chris Elmore’s Westminster Eye Two Elections in 12 months – what now? As the dust settles on what has been the fifth election for the people of Ogmore in just three years (sixth for those in Ogmore Vale!), I’d firstly like to thank everyone who supported my re-election, as your MP. I will continue to work for all constituents, always being your voice in Parliament.
What the election has taught us is that Theresa May does not have the support she arrogantly thought she had. The mandate she expected for her harsh reforms to social care, a reverse on foxhunting and the re-introduction of grammar schools in England were all rejected by the electorate. Although Theresa May remains Prime Minister, the people of the UK have given a clear message that they will not be taken for granted. The above Conservative Manifesto pledges did not make it into the Queen’s speech, the reason, because she knows that her government is on a knife-edge and she knows that if she pushes her luck she will be out of a job.
The Queen’s Speech laid out the plans of the Government for the next two years. As expected, the speech focused on the UK’s exit from the European Union, and related legislation to be rolled out. The referendum is over, the people have spoken and the UK is set to leave the European Union. My concern is that this Government is not up to the job of negotiating the best deal for the UK, and for Wales in particular.
The Government haven’t filled me with confidence of late. From cuts to policing which has made the job of protecting the public more difficult for our incredibly brave emergency services; the lack of compassion shown to the Grenfell tower victims and figures released since the General Election youth unemployment rising 13% in Ogmore – something I’ve written to the Prime Minister to ask her to end the continuing programme of cuts and to invest in young people and our communities.
Away from the election and Westminster– work has continued throughout our communities and I’ve been pleased to join in some community projects of late.
I was proud to take part in Y Bont’s sponsored walk in celebration of National Children’s Day. Every time I visit Y Bont I’m astounded by the dedication of the staff who are clearly so passionate about what they do. I’ve also been to the Wyndham Boys and Girls Club, a club which really does go from strength to strength. I was delighted to talk to the youngsters and the amazing volunteers at one of their annual awards evening. I look forward to continue working with the club and similar community groups across the constituency to ensure as many people can benefit from these opportunities. As ever, I will be holding advice surgeries across the constituency with my next one being on Friday, June 30th at 4:30pm at my Constituency office at 44a Penybont Road in Pencoed.