Bang

Independent Welsh production company Joio has spent the last few months in Port Talbot filming S4C's new drama series, Bang. They have transformed the old magistrates court in town and I was delighted to visit the set and meet some of the cast. The series is a dual-language crime drama and is set to receive its premier at Reel Cinema next month.  

Round The Pier Swim 2017

On a choppy day in Swansea Bay I took part in the 49th Annual Round The Pier Swim. We took a proper battering from the waves, but despite the difficult conditions in the bay we got there in the end. Congratulations to all who took part and my thanks to the Aberavon Green Stars for organising another great round the pier swim. 

Stephen Kinnock Joins In Food And Fun At Eastern Primary

Aberavon’s MP, Stephen Kinnock, joined youngsters at Eastern Primary for breakfast and exercise as part of the ‘Food and Fun’ programme being run over the school holidays. Continue reading

My Invite To Sam Gyimah

I will be holding a public meeting on 20 September at the Aberavon Beach Hotel, starting at 7pm. I have invited Sam Gyimah MP, Minister for Prisons so he can directly engage with the local community on his plans for a prison in Baglan. Continue reading

Prisons Minister Response

Following my meeting with the Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah I received this letter from him: Continue reading

Letter to Sam Gyimah

After my meeting with Sam Gyimah MP, Minister for Prisons, I wrote to him asking him for clarification on some of the points discussed in the meeting. You can read my letter here: Continue reading

Friends Of Margam Park Welcome Local MP

  With the tourism season underway Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock visited Margam Park to meet with the Friends of Margam Park and talk about their plans for the future. The MP was shown around the Friends’ Courtyard Room which serves as a base for the group and met with Chairman and Membership Secretary, Jeffrey Lewis-Jones, and Committee Member David Harris. Continue reading

My Response To Sam Gyimah

In his letter to me the Minister has again failed to provide a suitable response to my concerns on the proposed location of the prison in Port Talbot. I have therefore written to him again urging him to provide a full and transparent explanation as to why the Baglan Industrial Park has been selected by the Ministry of Justice as its preferred site for the proposed Port Talbot prison. Mr Gyimah is also far too evasive on the subject of community consultation.  You can read my full letter below:     Continue reading

Sam Gyimah Response

During the General Election I received a response from Sam Gyimah to my concerns over the location of the proposed prison in Port Talbot: Continue reading

My response to Sam Gyimah - Prisons Minister

Deeply disappointed by Ministry of Justice response to my 23 March letter about the proposed prison. Not a single question answered. So I'm trying again - see the Ministry of Justice reply here, and my second attempt to get an answer from the minster. ---        

Aberavon MP and AM slam Prison Minister for failure to come clean on proposed prison

  Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock and Assembly Member, David Rees, wrote to Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah following the announcement on 22nd March of a new prison to be sited in Port Talbot, requesting information about the location and greater detail of the proposed prison. To their dismay the Prisons Minister failed to respond to their letter at all until Mr Kinnock raised the question in Parliament with the Secretary of State for Wales, Alan Cairns. Mr Kinnock’s questioning appeared to shake Mr Gyimah into action, because that very same day he sent what appeared to be a hastily drafted letter to both Mr Kinnock and Mr Rees. Continue reading

My Response To Ministry Of Justice

After waiting a month for a response from the Ministry of Justice, the one I received was unacceptable. It failed to answer the questions that I and constituents want answered. I have therefore written again to the Ministry of Justice which you can read below: Continue reading

Ministry Of Justice Response On Proposed Prison In Port Talbot

After raising, in the House of Commons, the proposals for a prison in Port Talbot I received the following response from the Ministry of Justice: Continue reading

Gwynfi Tiny Tots Group

Stephen Kinnock MP dropped in on the Gwynfi Tiny Tots in Pen Afan Primary School during their Wednesday morning session. At a well-attended session he spoke with parents, school clerk Kerry Morgan and staff from Gwynfi Childcare Club. Continue reading

Gwynfi Community Co-operative

On a morning spent in the upper Afan valley local MP Stephen Kinnock visited Gwynfi Community Co-operative. Set up during the miner’s strike in 1984, the Co-op has been serving the Gwynfi community ever since. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Visits Glyncorrwg Chocolate Business

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock has paid a visit to budding local entrepreneurs, Rory Dennis and Anita Angove, who run Afan Vale Chocolates in Glyncorrwg. They set up the business in August 2015 with the aim of making the best chocolates money can buy. Continue reading

Firefighters Under Occupation

I spent an enjoyable evening in Gwynfi Miners Hall watching the brave and moving film, made by Ciaran Gibbons, about firefighters in Palestine. Continue reading

Boundary Review 2018 Consultation

Boundary Review 2018 The Boundary Commission for Wales has begun its second consultation period on the initial proposals that they published in September 2016. During this consultation the Boundary Commission for Wales have published the alternative proposals that were submitted along with the petition that was signed by over 500 local people. Continue reading

Port Talbot Harriers - Building for the Future

I have donated to the Port Talbot Harriers 'Building for the Future' fund for their new clubhouse. See the video below where I explain a it about the Harriers, why I've donated, and why I think you should too. Continue reading

Google Digital Garage

Today, I attended the opening of the Google Digital Garage in St Paul's Centre, Aberavon. The Digital Garage provides free digital training to businesses, groups and individuals and is stopping in Port Talbot on the 24th and 25th November. Continue reading

Local MP and AM Hail Baglan Library

Stephen Kinnock MP and David Rees Am have hailed the success of Baglan Library, describing it as a ‘thriving community facility’ and an ‘important asset’. Mr Kinnock, Mr Rees and local Councillors Carol Clement-Williams and Peter Richards regularly hold advice surgeries at the library and are always impressed with the facilities available and usage of the library by local people. Continue reading

Ysgol Bae Baglan

I visited Ysgol Bae Baglan on Saturday evening for the opening of their new school theatre. The theatre has been named ‘The Michael Sheen Theatre’ to celebrate Michael’s contribution to acting and drama since leaving Glan Afan school in Port Talbot. Continue reading

Junction 41 to Remain Open

David Rees, Assembly Member for Aberavon, and Stephen Kinnock MP, are delighted that the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, has listened to them and the people of Aberavon, in taking his decision to keep Junction 41 open. Continue reading

Stand up to Cancer

  On Friday I went to visit the volunteers at the local Cancer Research shop on Station Road. As part of the 'Stand up to Cancer' campaign they were doing fundraising activities both in their store and in Tesco supermarket. Continue reading

NSA Afan Community Employability Centre

  Was great to see the new NSA Afan Community Employability Centre in Water Street today - Many thanks to Gemma Cole and the team for showing me around. The centre is based in the former Fire Station on Water Street which was converted into its new use using Vibrant and Viable Places funding. Continue reading

Margam Youth Centre

I met George Ridgeway, Secretary of Margam Youth Centre today at Groeswen playing fields.  A vital facility for the well-being of residents in Margam, the playing fields and centre are now run by the community after local budget cuts threatened them with closure. It was great to have a chat and find out what's happening at the centre, and to meet the keen up and coming football players! Continue reading

Port Talbot Photo Project Exhibition

Today I visited the Port Talbot Photo Project Exhibition in the Aberavon Shopping Centre. The Project was carried out by a group of University of Westminster Students, who based themselves in Port Talbot over the summer.  Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock Visits Dewis

Local MP Stephen Kinnock has visited local housing charity Dewis to meet the service providers and the service users. During the visit Mr Kinnock spoke with Dr Amanda Oliver, Operations Manager, and Dan Jones, who sits on the Dewis board, about the impact of welfare reforms on young people in Port Talbot. Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock Leads Delegation To Ministry Of Justice To Call For Posthumous Pardon For Dic Penderyn

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, has led a delegation of campaigners to the Ministry of Justice to deliver a 600 signature strong petition calling for the posthumous pardon for Dic Penderyn. 185 years after Penderyn was sentenced to death for his part in the 1831 Merthyr uprising and the stabbing of Lance Corporal Donald Black, a reception was held to commemorate the Welsh working class martyr in Parliament. Continue reading

Prime Minister’s visit to Port Talbot

Today’s visit by the Prime Minister is welcome, but there is still a very long way to go before we can claim to have secured a sustainable future for the British steel industry. I had a constructive telephone conversation with the Prime Minister this morning, during which we agreed that our shared aim is to ensure that the sales process is conducted in a responsible, thorough and robust manner, based on Tata Steel's promise that it will act as a responsible seller. Continue reading

Government Stake in Tata Steel's UK operations

Today the UK and Welsh Governments have announced a package of support including pledging taking upto a 25% stake in any takeover of Tata's UK Strip Products operations. UK Government Press Release I welcome this move from the British and Welsh governments. It is an indication of how far the British government has moved in recent weeks and months, indeed it is fair to say that it is a long overdue U-turn. This announcement has come as the result of the relentless pressure that Labour MPs and the steel unions have been exerting within and outside Westminster, exemplified by the fact that we have raised the issue 208 times in the Chamber since the General Election. Continue reading

Management Buy-Out

Ever since Tata Steel decided to sell its Strip Products UK business I have felt that a management buy-out (MBO), based on the proposals that are outlined in the turn-around plan, was the right way to go in principle. But of course the MBO has to have the right team and the right financial backing, if it is to work in practice. That is why the due diligence phase of the sale process will be so important, and why I am very concerned about the tight time-line that Tata Steel has set out. It is vital that Tata Steel delivers on its promise to be a responsible seller, and that the government ensures that this is the case. Continue reading

Steel - Poem

I have been sent this poem by a local steelworker. Fitting words as the Tata board meet and discuss the future of the plant in India today.   STEEL 750 jobs are to be lost from our proud steel works For the unfortunate few no more holidays or family perks They say it’s down to Chinese mass production But I’m sure our government is overcome with seduction   Politicians keep saying they hear our plight Somehow I don’t see them up for the fight Help we need today not tomorrow Before we all end up in a large pool of sorrow   Action we need before our industry goes Not let us get steam rolled by one of our old foes Give us a chance on a level playing field Then I’m sure we can compete and achieve our yield   Lots will suffer from these losses with pain As thousands of jobs are in this supply chain So when people ask how does the workforce feel The reply is just honest we were born to make steel

It is now absolutely essential that Tata holds its nerve and continues to believe in the world-class workforce that we have in Port Talbot

Commenting on reports that the Tata board could backtrack on a plan to save the Port Talbot plant, local MP Stephen Kinnock said,  "The board meeting that will take place in Mumbai on March 29 will be crucial. "It is now absolutely essential that Tata holds its nerve and continues to believe in the world-class workforce that we have in Port Talbot, which makes the best steel that money can buy, and is breaking all production records. Continue reading

Thousands of Swansea Bay jobs 'at risk' from Brexit

THOUSANDS of jobs in the Swansea Bay area are risk  if the UK votes to leave the EU, according to MP's. Swansea West and Aberavon MP's Geraint Davies and Stephen Kinnock have issued the warning as the countdown to the referendum on June 23 reaches the 100 day mark. Mr Davies said: ""It's not just cleaner Gower beaches and rights to paid holiday that we should be celebrating in Swansea Bay thanks to the EU. In fact, 25,000 jobs here depend on our trade  with the EU and the £100s of millions invested in our Swansea University second campus on Fabian Way wouldn't have happened if we weren't in the EU. "If we left it would be on terms that didn't encourage others to leave. We would still play by their same rules with no influence to change them – including movement of Labour and higher costs - like Norway and Switzerland. "The EU takes almost half of Britain's exports whereas Britain takes less than 10% of the EU's and the British trade deficit is mostly with Germany and Spain, not with the other 25 countries that would have to agree on a new trade deal so export tariffs would be on the cards. That's why big companies  like Ford, Airbus and Tata, who use Wales as a platform into Europe, are talking about moving jobs out of Wales if we leave. In Wales we receive £280 per person more than we pay per person which means nearly £70 million for Swansea. So we're better off for jobs, services and investment in the EU.   Continue reading

Growing Business In Neath Port Talbot

  My speech at the Insider event Growing Business In Neath Port Talbot Continue reading

Barista's Coffee Shop

At the beginning of February I was approached by constituents about the potential termination of Barista’s lease leading to the possible exit of Barista’s from the Aberavon Shopping Centre. I immediately took up the case writing to the centre management and to Edinburgh House Estates, who own the centre, urging a positive resolution and offering my help. The situation has since developed and the owners of Barista’s have been informed the lease will not be renewed. Continue reading

Tata Steelworks Fire

Commenting on the fire at the Port Talbot Steelworks Stephen Kinnock MP said, 'My thoughts are with the workers. They do a fantastic job and it has not been an easy time for the steel industry in recent months. 'As far as we know there have not been any injuries and that's a big relief. 'I hope they manage to get the plant back to full working order as soon as possible. 'I was very concerned to hear about what happened this morning. 'I understand there was an explosion in one of the coke ovens. 'Emergency services were there very quickly.'  

MP Urges Government To Press Ahead With Swansea Tidal Lagoon And To Build It With Port Talbot Steel

Evening Post ABERAVON MP Stephen Kinnock has called on the UK Government to approve Swansea's Tidal Lagoon and ensure that steel used for the project is sourced from Tata. Continue reading

Aberavon MP and AM urge UK Government to stand up for Port Talbot steel works

  Aberavon MP and AM urge UK Government to stand up for Port Talbot steel works   Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock and AM David Rees are pressing the UK government to do more to support the crisis-hit Port Talbot steel works. Tata Steel today announced that the Port Talbot works will lose 750 of its almost 4,000 workers, in sweeping job cuts that are part of a make-or-break rescue plan. Mr Kinnock said: 'I deeply regret today's announcement. The Port Talbot steel works is the beating heart of our economy, and of our community. Our thoughts are with those who will be most directly affected by this terrible news, and we must now do all we can to rally around them and their families. I have been pressing the government for several months to roll up its sleeves and take action on the dumping of Chinese steel, the extortionate business rates and the unhelpful procurement policies that are major road-blocks for the steel industry. Unfortunately, all we have heard from the Secretary of State and his team are warm words and excuses. It is now absolutely imperative that we see action. Those road blocks must be removed, and they must be removed swiftly. Continue reading

Urgent Question on Steel

I have written to the speaker this morning requesting an urgent question on the job losses announced at Tata Steel. I hope the speaker will grant my request to ask Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for a statement. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Invites Local Groups to Funding Fair

Aberavon’s MP, Mr Stephen Kinnock, is inviting groups and organisations within his Constituency to attend a Funding Fair on Friday 29th January between 10am and 12 noon at the Aberavon Community Centre on Michna Street. Groups in search of funding will be able to access valuable advice from the Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund, Sports Wales, Arts Council for Wales, Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Regenerate Neath Port Talbot. Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service will also be on hand to give advice on applying for funding. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Welcomes News of Constituent’s Return from the Dominican Republic

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, has welcomed the news that his constituent, Mr Allan Cox, who was stranded in hospital in the Dominican Republic after falling ill while visiting his wife, who lives in the country, will be issued a fit to fly certificate and will be able to return to the UK. Mr Cox incurred a bill of over £67000 when he fell ill during his visit and his pancreas had to be removed, which his insurance would not cover as he had failed to disclose a pre-existing condition. Continue reading

Preferred Bidder For Tata Steel Long Products

Commenting on the announcement by Tata Steel of a preferred bidder for its Long Products business, Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock said, 'The emergence of a preferred bidder for Tata Steel Long Products is certainly welcome news, and is proof positive of the fact that the steel industry is more than capable of bouncing back. It will be essential to ensure that Tata Steel continues to strengthen and support its Strip Products division, in which Port Talbot plays a critically important role.' Continue reading

Government's Abject Failure To Tackle The Steel Crisis

Commenting on the Select Committee's assessment of the Government's response to the steel crisis, Stephen Kinnock MP said, 'I welcome this Select Committee report, that is absolutely right in its assessment of the government's abject failure to tackle the steel crisis. It is a scandal that steel producers the length and breadth of the UK have been raising concerns for years, and but their words have been falling on deaf ears. Continue reading

Corbyn Must Compromise To Win

Interview The Times Stephen Kinnock has told hard left activists who are more interested in protest than forming a government to quit the Labour party.In a sideswipe at some of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters, the newly elected Labour MP said that failing to concentrate all their energies on regaining power was a betrayal of Labour’s history. Continue reading

Local pub chef announced as finalist in Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year competition

 Local pub chef announced as finalist in Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year competition   Local pub chef Gordon Jones from the Brit Pub, Port Talbot, has been named as one of the finalists in the British Beer & Pub Association and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group’s Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year competition, in partnership with Nestlé Professional. The prestigious new award sought nominations from MPs for a pub chef or chefs in their constituency who provide an excellent food offering. Gordon was nominated by Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock and was chosen as a finalist from more than 120 entries. Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock MP Backs Small Business Saturday

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, has celebrated the contribution of small firms in his Constituency as part of this year’s Small Business Saturday, which took place on Saturday 5th December. Launched in 2013, Small Business Saturday aims to bring a boost to local high streets across the UK by encouraging consumers to ‘shop small’ and celebrate the contribution of entrepreneurs and small firms. In 2014, 16.5 million Britons visited a local independent store – 2.7million up on Small Business Saturday in 2013. Continue reading

Neath Port Talbot Citizens Advice - Top problems in Aberavon

Stephen Kinnock MP celebrates the work of Neath Port Talbot Citizens Advice as the charity reveals the top problems in Aberavon. Stephen Kinnock MP has said Neath Port Talbot Citizens Advice is a vital front line service that supports people to overcome the challenges they face. Last year Citizens Advice helped people in Aberavon with 4,194 problems. The top five most common problems were:   Employment Benefits/tax credits Housing Debt Consumer issues Continue reading

Cross-party coalition of MPs urges government to back the Tidal Lagoon

MPs from different sides of the political divide have come together to express their collective support for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. Labour MPs Carolyn Harris (Swansea East) and Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon), in whose neighbouring constituencies the Lagoon will be based, have been joined by Welsh Lib Dem Mark Williams, Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville-Roberts and the Green's Caroline Lucas in an open letter to Amber Rudd, the Conservative Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Continue reading