Chris Elmore’s District Diary Column

As the dust settles on what has been the fifth election for the people of Ogmore in just three years, 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.

Since the election I’ve been pleased to get back to community work and meeting constituents once again. One such event was the monthly Llanharan car boot sale – my partner and I had a lovely time and managed to get a few bits and bobs for the house and I managed to have an excellent sausage sandwich! Well done everyone.

While on the topic of ‘well dones’, the Brynna and Llanharan Wimbles deservedly won an RCT Love Where You Live award. Huge congratulations to the fantastic set of volunteers who work hard to make sure our community looks its best. A special thank you to Cllr Sarah Liney who won the award for setting up the group and making sure we’re working hard on the sessions!

In Llanharry I’m continuing to work with shop owners and Trevallis about the future of the shops in the village. It’s important that dialogue works both ways and that business owners and residents are consulted on changes. I hope that a proposals can work with business owners, Trevallis and residents to ensure the long-term future of the village.

On the topic of Llanharry businesses, I was delighted to attend the opening of the Honey Pot Tea Room this month. The owners, who have also taken over The Bear Inn, have opened up a lovely tea room where I enjoyed a lovely selection of pastries with my colleague Huw Irranca-Davies AM. Huge congratulations to Vivienne and Paul on the opening and I wish them the best of luck with both with the Honey Pot and The Bear.

Since being back in parliament I’ve been pleased to raise broadband provisions in Llanharan where superfast has still not been rolled out in certain parts of the village. Modern day businesses rely on broadband, and without superfast facilities in Llanharan we’re in danger of being left behind. I’ll continue to fight, along with organisations such as ‘Which?’ to make sure we all have access to superfast broadband.

With tragic events in Grenfell tower, the Westminster Bridge attack and the attack at Borough market – one thing has come out of each tragedy. That is, the huge commitment and professionalism of those blue light services. I was pleased to show my support to these brave men and women who save lives and protect us day in day out. It’s an outrage that these public servants aren’t entitled to a pay rise especially as we’ve seen their budgets cut and they’ve been asked to do more for less.

I’m also pleased to speak out against pension inequality – specifically the 1950’s women who have had the goal posts moved on their pensions. Being told (thus planning their finances and lives) that you will retire on one date and then being told by the government that it is not the case and you’ll have to work for up to 6 years in some cases – is cruel, let alone wrong. I will continue to fight for these women who have been cheated out of their pensions having worked exceptionally hard for years.

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