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.

Thrown In The Deep End With Port Talbot RNLI

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

RPC Tedeco

On 2nd March I visited RPC Tedeco-Gizeh based in Kenfig Industrial Estate. The factory produces plastic products for the drinks industry and employs around 100 people from the Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend areas. Continue reading

WASPI Demo On International Women's Day

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

Andrew Scott Visit

I visited Andrew Scott at their head office in Margam. I spoke with their Managing Director, Mark Bowen who brought me up to speed with the current opportunities and challenges facing their business, the business is a large employer and turned over £40m in 2017. Continue reading

The Whole Idea Is A Non-Starter And Should Be Scrapped With Immediate Effect

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

Invite To Rory Stewart To Attend Second Public Meeting On Proposed Prison In Port Talbot

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

Aberavon Street Surgery

I have started a series of street surgeries across the constituency, with Aberavon the first ward targeted. I was joined by the local councillor Steffan Ap Dafydd and Sandfields West councillor Rob Wood, we went to the Baglan Moors area. Continue reading

Second Prison Public Meeting

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

Rory Stewart's Response To Opposition To Proposed Prison In Port Talbot

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

My Submission To The Consultation On The Future Of Cymer Afan

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

The Wallich Visit

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

Aberavon WASPI Visit

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.

Tarmac Visit

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

Funding Fair 2018

There was a real buzz at my third annual Funding Fair held in Taibach Community Education Centre on Friday. Fourteen funding agencies were there giving advice to the over 150 people who attended. Many great project ideas and loads of networking! Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock Helps Local Libraries Secure Funding From Amazon

  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.’

Intertissue Visit For Aberavon MP

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

Aberavon MP Visits Rhino Doors

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

Brexit Committee Hears Evidence In Cambridge

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

British Oxygen Company

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

My Letter To Rory Stewart MP On Proposed Prison

After my meeting with the new Prisons Minister, Rory Stewart, I wrote again to him to reiterate the points that I made in the meeting. You can read my letter below. Continue reading

Rhondda Tunnel Society Meeting

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.

Tywyn Primary School Visit

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

Cwmavon Landslide

I visited the site of the Cwmavon landslip to see the work Neath Port Talbot Council have been doing clearing the road and getting the traffic moving again on Cwmavon Road. The road is a vital link to and from Cwmavon and the valleys. Continue reading

My Letter To New Prisons Minister

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

Walk In Posties Shoes

          In the run-up to Christmas I visited the Port Talbot delivery office on Eagle Street to meet with local posties during their busiest time of year. They were working extremely hard to ensure we receive our cards, letters and parcels in time for Christmas. Continue reading

FCA Response On The British Steel Pension Scheme Scams

This is the response that I have received from the FCA to my letter about the British Steel Pension Scheme scams. Continue reading

Richard Burton 10k Presentation Evening

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. 

Stephen Kinnock Hails Steel And Metals Institute

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

Letter To Sam Gyimah On Public Engagement Events

I have written to Sam Gyimah MP about the public engagement events he has promised, after his colleague Suzy Davies AM said in a Senedd debate that she had confirmation they have been delayed until the New Year.  Continue reading

My Letter To The FCA On The British Steel Pension Scheme Scams

I have written to the Chief Executive of the Financial Conduct Authority about the worrying reports of opportunistic financial advisers providing steelworkers with poor financial advice and luring steelworkers into transferring millions out of pension funds. Urgent action is needed to address this. Continue reading