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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
I really enjoyed going out on the boat with the RNLI Port Talbot volunteers. After meeting at the Lifeboat Station on Aberavon beach and talking to the volunteers, I was suited up to join them on the boat, as they took me around the bay from Morfa beach to the harbour and along the coastline. They even let me drive the boat for a bit! Continue reading
It was great to be in Cardiff for the WASPI rally on International Women’s Day, and also to be there with the Aberavon WASPI group! We’re demanding justice for women who worked hard, paid in their whole working lives, and who deserve to be treated with the respect that they have earned. Continue reading
In the House of Commons I challenged Rory Stewart MP to scrap plans for a new prison in Port Talbot with immediate effect and invited him to attend a public to update concerned residents, so he can hear directly from residents about the opposition to the proposals. Continue reading
After calling a second public meeting to update concerned residents on the latest state of play of the campaign against siting the prison on Baglan Moors, I have written to the new Minister for Prisons, inviting him to attend the meeting in Port Talbot and hear the concerns of local residents. Continue reading
Stephen Kinnock MP and David Rees AM will be holding their second public meeting on the proposed prison on Baglan Moors. The meeting will serve to update concerned residents on the latest state of play of the campaign against siting the prison on Baglan Moors. Continue reading
The new Minister for Prisons, Rory Stewart OBE MP, has responded to my letters informing him of the very strong opposition to the Ministry of Justice's proposals to build a prison on the Baglan Industrial Estate. You can read his response below. Continue reading
After meeting with residents from the local community and local councillors, hearing their concerns over the proposals for the future of Cymer Afan Comprehensive, and their alternative proposals to continue secondary education in the Upper Afan Valley, I have made my submission to the consultation: Continue reading
On Friday I visited The Wallich bus in the town centre. The Wallich offers help to anyone who needs housing-related support. Their Prevention and Wellbeing Support (PAWS) offers personalised accommodation services, access to training, education or voluntary work opportunities, and their dedicated support workers focus on the solutions to achieving independent and sustainable living. Continue reading
I was delighted to attend an Aberavon WASPI meeting in Baglan on the weekend. The group has really taken shape since the initial meeting that I organised back in October. We discussed the Private Members Bill currently going through Parliament which seeks justice for women born in the 1950s who have been unfairly hit by changes to the state pension age without due notification. I will keep on fighting for the WASPI and all women until we can secure justice and equality.
On a recent visit to Tarmac in Port Talbot, Stephen Kinnock saw how local work helps to deliver infrastructure projects across the UK. On the visit Stephen was given a guided tour of the plant where they extract slag from waste materials from the steelworks. They breakdown the waste materials from the blast furnace using high pressure water, they then turn the slag into aggregate which is used in asphalt, road construction and to make cement. On the visit the impact of Brexit on the business and the energy costs, were discussed. Continue reading
Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock has helped three local libraries secure funds from Amazon. Briton Ferry, Glyncorrwg and Taibach libraries all received £500 from the fulfilment centre on Fabian Way. Speaking after the presentation Mr Kinnock said, ‘I’m delighted to be able to help the three libraries. They are all community run facilities that rely on volunteers who work tremendously hard to keep the service going. The money from Amazon will be useful to help them meet the costs of running a community library and purchase items that the library needs. All three are community hubs, offering a range of services for the public, and this money will help them to maintain this service.’
Stephen Kinnock has visited toilet paper and kitchen roll manufacturer Intertissue on the Baglan Energy Park, which employs nearly 400 people. During the visit Mr Kinnock spoke to the workforce and was shown how they turn base materials like wood and waste paper into paper and eventually into toilet paper and kitchen roll. Continue reading
Local MP, Stephen Kinnock, paid a visit to Rhino Doors on Llewelyn’s Quay in Port Talbot. On the visit Mr Kinnock was given a tour of the factory which makes attack resistant, vehicle ram resistant, blast resistant, flood proof, and fire resistant doors and gates. Continue reading
The Committee for Exiting the EU met in Cambridge and heard evidence from Professor Greg Hannon, Director, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute; Professor Eilís Ferran, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Institutional International Relations, Cambridge University; Dr Andy Williams, Vice-President of Research & Development, MedImmune and Cambridge Transition Team Leader, AstraZeneca; and Michael Lawrence, Business Development Director, Deimos UK. We heard about the concerns of the research sector over Brexit. You can read my questions below. Continue reading
I visited the British Oxygen Company site in Margam and was given a tour of the facility. BOC Gases Margam is a major industrial gases production and distribution facility providing gas for the steel works and is a key supplier to hundreds of businesses across south Wales including the health board. Continue reading
I was delighted to attend a meeting of the Rhondda Tunnel Society to hear about the progress they have made over the last 12 months. There were some spectacular photos on show, taken inside the tunnel just last month. The society has also put together a new promotional video showcasing the community benefits re-opening the tunnel would bring. I am greatly looking forward to discussing the project with representatives of the Heritage Lottery Fund, when they attend my funding fair on Friday 26 January.
Today I visited Tywyn Primary School in Sandfields East with the local ward councillors Sean Pursey and Ted Latham - who is Chair of Governors of the school. I was very impressed with the hard-working, dedicated teaching staff who are working tirelessly for the benefit of the young people in the area. Continue reading
The Prime Minister's reshuffle saw the Minister for Prisons at the Ministry of Justice change. Sam Gyimah MP has been replaced by Rory Stewart OBE MP, and I have written to him urging him to get up to speed on the proposals for a prison in Port Talbot and urging a meeting. You can read my letter below. Continue reading
This is the response that I have received from the FCA to my letter about the British Steel Pension Scheme scams. Continue reading
It was great to be at the award ceremony for the Richard Burton 10k. Money was raised for many, many good causes, showing the true spirit of our community. Well done to everyone who organised the event.
On a visit to the Steel and Metals Institute in Swansea University, Stephen Kinnock has hailed the work that they are doing to support and advance the steel industry. During the visit Mr Kinnock witnessed the work the Institute is doing with Tata Steel and SPECIFIC, looking at different uses for steel and developing the molecular structure of steel for new and exciting alternative uses. Continue reading