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.
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
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
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.
‘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
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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