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
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
I spent an excellent morning at St Paul's centre with the Reclaim project and LEAD Aberavon. I was so proud of the Year 8 girls of PT Perfect for the progress they have made on the project. At the event they addressed key community figures and spoke really well. Continue reading
I ran the Richard Burton 10k on the weekend. There were almost 2,000 runners this year and organisers had set a new challenging course. As always there was a fantastic community spirit in Cwmavon and it was great to have much needed support from Helle. I finished in a respectable time of 54 minutes and 44 seconds. Well done to all those that took part and to the organisers for another fantastic event. Continue reading
Commenting on proposals to close Cymer Afan School and for pupils to go to Ysgol Newydd Margam, which are due go to consultation later this year, local MP Stephen Kinnock said, "Cymer Afan School holds a special place in the hearts of communities living in Cymmer, Gwynfi and Glyncorrwg. Indeed, generations of families in the Upper Afan Valley have been educated at the school. It also has a first-class academic reputation, and is currently recognised by Estyn, the Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, as a good school. The proposal to close Cymer Afan, and for pupils to travel to Ysgol Newydd Margam, is therefore a bitter blow. Continue reading
At the public meeting the Ministry of Justice officials agreed to feed back the response of the meeting to the Minister and provide answers to questions that could not be answered on the night. I have received the following response from Sam Gyimah: Continue reading
There was standing room only at the Unison arranged STOPS campaign Q&A with staff from Neath Port Talbot Council. The Council has faced years of slashed budgets and staff were able to tell their elected representatives how this has impacted on them and the services they provide. Continue reading
My latest letter to Sam Gyimah about the Ministry of Justice's pans to build a prison in Port Talbot. Continue reading
I fully support the Unison’s Pay Up Now campaign for a pay rise for public sector workers. Its time for UK Government to lift public sector pay cap and I have written to the Prime Minister calling on her to abandon the cap. Public sector workers carry out vital work delivering the services we all rely on and need to be paid properly for the hard work they do. Since the cap was introduced government debt has increased to £1.7trillion. The Government cannot go on attempting to balance the budget off the backs of public sector workers. Continue reading
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. The series will air on S4C from Sunday 10 September.
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.
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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