Aberavon WASPI Meeting

It was great to meet with the Aberavon WASPI group and Chair of the APPG on State Pension Inequality for Women, Carolyn Harris MP. We had a good discussion on where the campaign is and what the next steps are. 

Port Talbot Fire Station

It was great to meet the team at Port Talbot Fire and Rescue Station. These guys provide a vital service to our community. Their courage, dedication and professionalism are second to none. 

Day With The Police

I spent a great day with the police in Port Talbot, joining the neighbourhood policing team as they went out on patrol, and meeting the response team as they attended calls.  The police force do a brilliant job for our community. It was great to see the speed of their response, their compassion, their engagement and their professionalism. Continue reading

Briton Ferry Public Meeting - Anti-Social Behaviour

Over 200 residents came to a public meeting to express their concerns about anti-social behaviour in Briton Ferry to Councillors, Council officers and the police. Agencies and community working in partnership.

Cymmer Health Centre Public Meeting

It was great to attend a public meeting organised by David Rees AM in Croeserw Enterprise Centre to discuss provision of GP services at Cymmer Health Centre. The room was packed to rafters, and senior Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB managers listened carefully to concerns that were raised.

My Letter On The Cymer Afan Decision

My letter to the Director of Education Leisure and Lifelong Learning on the decision to close Cymer Afan Comprehensive school Continue reading

My Letter On Waste Incineration Plant

My letter to Environmental Health Section on the application for an environmental permit for a waste incineration plant. Continue reading

Brexit Debate St Joseph's

I had an engaging question and answer session about Brexit with pupils at St Joseph's. The session was arranged with Our Future, Our Choice. I spoke about how it is important for the voices of young people to be heard in the Brexit discussions as they will be living with the consequences of these decisions much longer than the politicians who are making them. There were lots of interesting and searching questions, and it was great to hear the views of young people. 

Scholars Programme St Joseph's

I visited St Joseph's Comprehensive and Sixth Form to hear about the pupils progress as part of The Scholars Programme, a prestigious national scheme which gives school pupils an opportunity to experience university-style learning. It was great to visit and meet pupils taking part in The Scholars Programme. I was very impressed at how they engaged with such a complex and challenging academic topic. It just goes to show what young people from Aberavon can achieve if we give them the opportunity. I wish the pupils the very best for the future, and I encourage more schools to give their pupils the chance to benefit from this programme.  Continue reading

Three Valleys Nordic Walking

It was great to be out and about with the Three Valleys Nordic Walking Group in the Afan Forest. Great company, great exercise and great fun! Continue reading

Swansea Bay Business Club Lunch

Image credit: Photographsof.com  I was a guest speaker at the Swansea Bay Business Club Lunch in Margam Orangery.  I spoke about the effect Brexit is having on local businesses and the need for a good deal with the EU. I also talked about the need for investment in South Wales with electrification of the mainline railway and the Tidal Lagoon having been cancelled. Continue reading

First Corporate Clothing

I visited First Corporate Clothing which is based on Llewellyn’s Quay, they produce a range of clothing for businesses and the corporate sector including smart jackets and skirts and workwear such as hi-viz jackets and knitwear.  It was great to meet the team there and learn more about their business. This year, they won the 'Local Independent Business Award' at the NPT Business Awards 2018.

Brexit Cafe

‘My Life My Say’ is a youth led organisation looking to achieve a better Brexit for young people, they organised a Brexit Café event in the YMCA Port Talbot.I attended as a speaker and also participated in a Q and A session. It was great to discuss our future relationship with the EU with enthusiastic young people from the area. Continue reading

EqualiTeas

St Mary's Church hosted its summer fete, which this year was combined with and EqualiTeas event to mark the 100 year anniversary of women getting the vote. I spoke at the event about how important it is to mark the tremendous achievements of the Suffragette movement, but how there are still much more to achieve. It was great to chat with so many people and lovely way to celebrate the centenary of women getting the vote.  Continue reading

Margam Door Knocking

It was great to be out in Margam with local council Leader Rob Jones, councillor for Margam Ward, I was joined by David Rees AM and cllrs Rob Wood and Steffan ap Dafydd. We spent the morning door knocking around the Tollgate area of Margam, and delivered my latest leaflet. Thanks to everyone who stopped to chat on the doorstep. A few issues to follow up.

Aberavon Great Get Together 2018

The glorious weather continued as Aberavon Harlequins played host to a day of events for the Great Get Together Continue reading

Cwrt Clwydi Gwyn World Music Day

I paid a visit to Cwrt Clwydi Gwyn in Skewen as they celebrated World Music Day. It was a fab visit with a singalong, some amazing stories and I met some amazing characters! Continue reading

Skewen Great Get Together

The Great Get Together weekend got underway in Skewen with a 'Coffee and Cakes' event in the Memorial Park. We had amazing weather for the day and the company was lovely. Continue reading

Pasta and Papadums

I was invited to the opening of the brand new family-run Pasta and Papadums restaurant and takeaway in Briton Ferry. At the 28 seater restaurant I sampled a selection of their varied menu which has Italian, Indian and British cuisine. I wish them all the best in their new business venture.

South Wales Miners' Museum

I met with volunteers from the South Wales Miners Museum, we had a good discussion up at the site in the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre. The group informed me of their plans for an exhibition to commemorate Vernon Hartshorn, a Welsh miner and politician. More information on the museum itself can be found at www.south-wales-miners-museum.co.uk

Neath Port Talbot Hospital Summer Fete 2018

I had a great morning at the 50th annual hospital fete. The fete was opened by Max Boyce MBE who commended the excellent work Vicky Weekes and the fete's supporters have done over the years raising money for the hospital.  Continue reading

Glyncorrwg River Festival

Glyncorrwg was the idyllic setting for the River Festival on the weekend as it basked in the early summer sunshine. There was a great atmosphere there with plenty to do including falconry and pond dipping, there was live music and demonstrations from the police and fire brigade. It was great to meet the legendary Iolo Williams who opened the festival, and well done to all those who worked hard to organise the event, it was a roaring success!

1 2 1 Security

I paid a visit to 121 Security who are based on the Baglan Energy Park and have over 20 years in the electronic security industry. They are a state of the art security company offering bespoke security solutions for commercial and residential properties across South Wales. They can offer services like CCTV systems, intruder alarms, access control and door entry and fire protection and risk assessment. On the visit they showed me some of the products they have to offer.

Leftfield Environmental Ltd

I visited Leftfield Environmental Ltd a high tech small company comprising of a group of industry leading specialists with many years of experience within all aspects of asbestos related consultancy and testing activities. It was interesting to speak with the team at Leftfield about the services they offer, including identifying, surveying and testing asbestos. They are keen to raise awareness of asbestos in the community and are hoping to expand the business. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Expresses Serious Concerns About Indications That The UK Government Is Planning To Reject The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

Commenting on reports that the UK Government are set to reject the £1.3bn plan to build a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, Stephen Kinnock, whose Aberavon constituency along with Swansea East, would be home to the lagoon, said, “If this is true, it is absolutely devastating news for Aberavon and for the whole Swansea Bay area. Continue reading

Visit To CS Judo Club

I recently visited CS Judo Club for their Wednesday evening class at the Llandarcy Academy of Sport. I was really impressed by the work they do with young people. Instructors Julian Alexander, Steven Blackwell and Sheena Jones, are doing a fantastic job with the CS Judo Club. Continue reading

Visit To Groes Primary

It was great to visit Groes Primary and meet their dedicated and passionate Head Teacher Kate Key. Kate and her team have done a tremendous job moving the school out of the ‘red’ category. The pupils have been learning about democracy and how parliament works. They asked some searching questions about what it’s like being an MP and my work in the constituency as the local Member of Parliament.

Port Talbot Afan Women's Aid Visit

I paid a visit to Port Talbot Afan Women’s Aid to see the sterling work they do to help vulnerable women in our community. The refuge is a great facility providing a safe environment for women. We discussed problems the women are experiencing with housing and Universal Credits. Continue reading

Dementia Friend Training

I, along with some of my office team, underwent dementia friend training, where we learnt more about how dementia affects people and the need to be more patient and understanding of people who are suffering from dementia. I also pledged to join the All Party Parliamentary Group on dementia.

Visit To Coedffranc Primary

I paid a visit to Coedffranc Primary and had a good chat with Headteacher Geraint Jones and Chair of Governors Steven James, about the work the school has done to turn itself around from being a ‘red’ category school to a ‘yellow’ category school. The staff are enthusiastic and passionate, with a huge emphasis placed on well-being and community involvement, all with the aim of developing independent, enthusiastic, confident and valued learners.

World Health Organisation Letter

I have written to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation, demanding a guarantee that deeply misleading reports about air quality in Port Talbot will not happen again. You can read my letter here: Continue reading

Response from Rory Stewart MP

Read the latest response from Rory Stewart MP, Minister for Prison, on the proposals for the prison in Port Talbot. Continue reading

11th Port Talbot Scout Group

The 11th Port Talbot Scouts gave me a grilling when I visited them at their base in the Sandfields to talk about Parliament and democracy. I really enjoyed the opportunity to attend the session and help them learn more about how Parliament and democracy works. The Scouts provide a fantastic opportunity for young people to get involved in outdoor activities, as well as learning new skills and supporting the local community.

Glyncorrwg Ponds

I visited Glyncorrwg Ponds as they geared up for the Bank Holiday. The Ponds make a great day out for the whole family and there is some absolutely stunning scenery to see there. Continue reading

AT Morgan Transport

I visited AT Morgan Transport, a father and son enterprise, which specialises in UK and European transportation. Since originally starting the business over 40 years ago, the business has expanded to 23 vehicles and is now based in Crymlyn Burrows. Continue reading

Sandfields Street Surgery

My latest street surgery covered Sandfields East and Sandfields West. I was joined by David Rees AM, Councillors Sean Pursey and Ted Latham from the East ward and Councillors Suzanne Paddison, Rob Wood and Oliver Davies from the West ward. It was a lovely day to be out knocking on doors and we had lots of door-step conversations. 

Commemorating International Worker’s Memorial Day 2018

I was delighted to join with the Port Talbot and District Trade Union Council to commemorate International Worker’s Memorial Day. The day is an important date in the trade union movements’ around the world as we all come together to remember those who have lost their lives or suffered serious injury at work, but also to continue the fight to make our workplaces safer and healthier for everyone. Continue reading

Second Public Meeting On Proposed Prison

At the second public meeting on the proposed prison in Port Talbot, I updated the hundreds of residents who were there, on what had happened since the last public meeting. In that time a covenant on the land has been uncovered and we have a new Minister in the Ministry of Justice. Since Rory Stewart’s appointment we have had 3 breakthroughs: Continue reading

PTPerfect Homeless Meeting

After being lobbied by the girls from PTPerfect about homelessness in Port Talbot, I was delighted to attend a roundtable discussion with them. The meeting had been convened by Canon Nigel Cahill and was attended by David Rees AM, Dewis, Wallich and Neath Port Talbot Council. Continue reading

PTPerfect Graduation

I was delighted to speak at the graduation ceremony for the PTPerfect girls, in St Paul's Centre. The girls have really raised the bar and I have been blown away by their ideas, their community spirit, and their drive for change. They put together a truly inspirational manifesto and over the course of the project they have built valuable like skills and their confidence has grown immeasurably. Continue reading

Cymmer Street Surgery

My latest street surgery was in Cymmer. I was joined by David Rees AM, former Assembly Member Brian Gibbons, and Councillor Rob Wood. We had lots of discussions on the doorstep, particularly about the future of Cymer Afan Comprehensive. 

Glyncorrwg Women’s Institute

I spent an enjoyable evening with Glyncorrwg Women’s Institute, marking the centenary of women receiving the vote. Continue reading

Baglan Bay Business Innovation Centre

I spent a Friday morning meeting with businesses at the Baglan Bay Business Innovation Centre in the Energy Park. I met with DeeRTech, who develop opto-electronic sensor devices that will be able to take readings of utility meters. Continue reading

Boys And Girls Club Cwmavon

It was great to visit the Boys and Girls Club in Cwmavon with Councillor Charlotte Galsworthy and Councillor Rhydian Mizen. It’s a vibrant club covering a range of ages, running rugby and football teams and offering a host of other activities. Continue reading

Meeting With Prisons Minister

Last week I, along with two members of the Stop NPT Prison campaign group, met with the new Minister for Prisons Rory Stewart, to discuss the Ministry of Justice's proposals to build a new prison on land in the Baglan Industrial Park.  Following the meeting I have written again to Rory Stewart, and to the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns MP. Continue reading

GenQuip

I went on an interesting visit to GenQuip, a local company based on the Baglan Industrial Park, who supply in the UK construction rental industry with market leading products. GenQuip is a family run business that has been operating for over 40 years. Continue reading

Llansawel Primary

I paid a visit to Llansawel Primary in Briton Ferry to chat with the pupils about parliament and life as an MP. The children had lots of interesting questions to ask and learned a lot about life as an MP. It was great to visit the school and to speak with staff. 

Skewen Street Surgery

Following on from my first street surgery in Aberavon, I was joined by Councillor Mike Harvey and David Rees AM, knocking doors in Skewen on a cold Saturday morning. Continue reading

Specific

It was great to be invited by Specific to the fabulous Bay Campus to learn more about the opportunity to build homes that are power stations. It is game changing technology, and Specific are at the forefront of this cutting edge expertise. Continue reading

Afan Spartans Boxing

I was delighted to attend Afan Spartans Boxing and witness the youngsters being put through their paces. Afan Spartans is based in the Taibach Community Education Centre and have a brilliant team doing excellent work with the young people in our Community.