Growing Business In Neath Port Talbot

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Barista's Coffee Shop

At the beginning of February I was approached by constituents about the potential termination of Barista’s lease leading to the possible exit of Barista’s from the Aberavon Shopping Centre. I immediately took up the case writing to the centre management and to Edinburgh House Estates, who own the centre, urging a positive resolution and offering my help. The situation has since developed and the owners of Barista’s have been informed the lease will not be renewed. Continue reading

Tata Steelworks Fire

Commenting on the fire at the Port Talbot Steelworks Stephen Kinnock MP said, 'My thoughts are with the workers. They do a fantastic job and it has not been an easy time for the steel industry in recent months. 'As far as we know there have not been any injuries and that's a big relief. 'I hope they manage to get the plant back to full working order as soon as possible. 'I was very concerned to hear about what happened this morning. 'I understand there was an explosion in one of the coke ovens. 'Emergency services were there very quickly.'  

MP Urges Government To Press Ahead With Swansea Tidal Lagoon And To Build It With Port Talbot Steel

Evening Post ABERAVON MP Stephen Kinnock has called on the UK Government to approve Swansea's Tidal Lagoon and ensure that steel used for the project is sourced from Tata. Continue reading

Aberavon MP and AM urge UK Government to stand up for Port Talbot steel works

  Aberavon MP and AM urge UK Government to stand up for Port Talbot steel works   Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock and AM David Rees are pressing the UK government to do more to support the crisis-hit Port Talbot steel works. Tata Steel today announced that the Port Talbot works will lose 750 of its almost 4,000 workers, in sweeping job cuts that are part of a make-or-break rescue plan. Mr Kinnock said: 'I deeply regret today's announcement. The Port Talbot steel works is the beating heart of our economy, and of our community. Our thoughts are with those who will be most directly affected by this terrible news, and we must now do all we can to rally around them and their families. I have been pressing the government for several months to roll up its sleeves and take action on the dumping of Chinese steel, the extortionate business rates and the unhelpful procurement policies that are major road-blocks for the steel industry. Unfortunately, all we have heard from the Secretary of State and his team are warm words and excuses. It is now absolutely imperative that we see action. Those road blocks must be removed, and they must be removed swiftly. Continue reading

Urgent Question on Steel

I have written to the speaker this morning requesting an urgent question on the job losses announced at Tata Steel. I hope the speaker will grant my request to ask Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for a statement. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Invites Local Groups to Funding Fair

Aberavon’s MP, Mr Stephen Kinnock, is inviting groups and organisations within his Constituency to attend a Funding Fair on Friday 29th January between 10am and 12 noon at the Aberavon Community Centre on Michna Street. Groups in search of funding will be able to access valuable advice from the Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund, Sports Wales, Arts Council for Wales, Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Regenerate Neath Port Talbot. Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service will also be on hand to give advice on applying for funding. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Welcomes News of Constituent’s Return from the Dominican Republic

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, has welcomed the news that his constituent, Mr Allan Cox, who was stranded in hospital in the Dominican Republic after falling ill while visiting his wife, who lives in the country, will be issued a fit to fly certificate and will be able to return to the UK. Mr Cox incurred a bill of over £67000 when he fell ill during his visit and his pancreas had to be removed, which his insurance would not cover as he had failed to disclose a pre-existing condition. Continue reading

Preferred Bidder For Tata Steel Long Products

Commenting on the announcement by Tata Steel of a preferred bidder for its Long Products business, Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock said, 'The emergence of a preferred bidder for Tata Steel Long Products is certainly welcome news, and is proof positive of the fact that the steel industry is more than capable of bouncing back. It will be essential to ensure that Tata Steel continues to strengthen and support its Strip Products division, in which Port Talbot plays a critically important role.' Continue reading

Government's Abject Failure To Tackle The Steel Crisis

Commenting on the Select Committee's assessment of the Government's response to the steel crisis, Stephen Kinnock MP said, 'I welcome this Select Committee report, that is absolutely right in its assessment of the government's abject failure to tackle the steel crisis. It is a scandal that steel producers the length and breadth of the UK have been raising concerns for years, and but their words have been falling on deaf ears. Continue reading

Corbyn Must Compromise To Win

Interview The Times Stephen Kinnock has told hard left activists who are more interested in protest than forming a government to quit the Labour party.In a sideswipe at some of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters, the newly elected Labour MP said that failing to concentrate all their energies on regaining power was a betrayal of Labour’s history. Continue reading

Local pub chef announced as finalist in Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year competition

 Local pub chef announced as finalist in Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year competition   Local pub chef Gordon Jones from the Brit Pub, Port Talbot, has been named as one of the finalists in the British Beer & Pub Association and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group’s Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year competition, in partnership with Nestlé Professional. The prestigious new award sought nominations from MPs for a pub chef or chefs in their constituency who provide an excellent food offering. Gordon was nominated by Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock and was chosen as a finalist from more than 120 entries. Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock MP Backs Small Business Saturday

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, has celebrated the contribution of small firms in his Constituency as part of this year’s Small Business Saturday, which took place on Saturday 5th December. Launched in 2013, Small Business Saturday aims to bring a boost to local high streets across the UK by encouraging consumers to ‘shop small’ and celebrate the contribution of entrepreneurs and small firms. In 2014, 16.5 million Britons visited a local independent store – 2.7million up on Small Business Saturday in 2013. Continue reading

Neath Port Talbot Citizens Advice - Top problems in Aberavon

Stephen Kinnock MP celebrates the work of Neath Port Talbot Citizens Advice as the charity reveals the top problems in Aberavon. Stephen Kinnock MP has said Neath Port Talbot Citizens Advice is a vital front line service that supports people to overcome the challenges they face. Last year Citizens Advice helped people in Aberavon with 4,194 problems. The top five most common problems were:   Employment Benefits/tax credits Housing Debt Consumer issues Continue reading

Cross-party coalition of MPs urges government to back the Tidal Lagoon

MPs from different sides of the political divide have come together to express their collective support for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. Labour MPs Carolyn Harris (Swansea East) and Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon), in whose neighbouring constituencies the Lagoon will be based, have been joined by Welsh Lib Dem Mark Williams, Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville-Roberts and the Green's Caroline Lucas in an open letter to Amber Rudd, the Conservative Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Continue reading

Stance on Syria Air Strikes

After a great deal of thought, my stance on bombing in Syria is detailed below. I continue to hold the view that a Syrian Government of National Unity - GNU (ultimately without Assad) has to be formed before all else. Once formed, the GNU would then become the vehicle for the pursuit and comprehensive defeat of ISIL in Syria. Continue reading

Aberavon MP and AM Call for Swimming Club Talks

Aberavon’s MP, Stephen Kinnock, and AM, David Rees, have invited Celtic Leisure and Aberavon Swimming Club to meet at their offices to work out their differences concerning the provision of swimming lessons at the new Afan Lido.  Continue reading

Aberavon AM & MP continue their fight for a safe route to school

Last Friday Aberavon’s AM and MP, David Rees and Stephen Kinnock respectively, walked the proposed new route to school that pupils from Briton Ferry will be expected to walk to the new Ysgol Bae Baglan on Seaway Parade, Sandfields following the closure of Cwrt Sart Community Comprehensive School. Both David and Stephen have been very vocal in their campaign to ensure that pupils from the school have a safe journey to the new school and they wanted to evidence their concerns that the current proposed route is not safe for pupils nor is it suitable especially in inclement weather.  Continue reading

Aberavon MP Expresses Frustration at Flawed Police Funding Plans

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, has expressed his frustration about serious fundamental flaws in proposed changes to the way in which money is allocated to police forces in England and Wales. Tory Police Minister, Mike Penning, was forced to apologise to the House when it was revealed that the plans contained serious statistical errors which would have had major consequences for police forces across England and Wales. The proposals met with opposition from Tory and Labour MPs, as well as Police and Crime Commissioners, 6 of whom had threatened the Home Office with legal action if the plans went ahead. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Speaks on Trade Union Bill

Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon, has spoken in the House of Commons in the debate on the Government’s controversial Trade Union Bill. Mr Kinnock spoke at the Bill’s Committee Stage, where MPs are required to address specific clauses or amendments to the Bill. He focussed on the sections of the Bill which deal with picketing, which he informed the House would subject trade unions to ‘levels of police scrutiny and control that go far beyond what is fair or necessary.’ Continue reading

MP Meets With Members of the Welsh Regiments

  Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, recently attended a Parliamentary Reception with members of the 3 Welsh Regiments, the 1st Queens Dragoon Guards, the Welsh Guards and the Royal Welsh. Mr Kinnock was able to meet with soldiers from the regiments and to learn about their recent activities. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Pays Tribute to Pioneering Politicians

Stephen Kinnock MP recently attended the unveiling of a Blue Plaque at the former home of Aneurin Bevan and Jennie Lee.  Continue reading

Aberavon MP Welcomes Public Support for Action on Steel

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, has welcomed the results of a poll conducted by The Mirror which reveals that the public overwhelmingly support government intervention to protect the UK’s beleaguered steel industry. Continue reading

Too Little, Too Late

Following the Steel Summit held in Rotherham today, Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock said,  'For years now UK steel-makers have been trying to get the government to wake up and take notice of the growing crisis afflicting the steel industry, and to do something about it. To this end they have consistently been putting forward five 'asks', which are: Continue reading

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock gets an insight into the vital work of the RSPCA

MEMBER of Parliament for Aberavon, Stephen Kinnock, has accompanied RSPCA inspector Nic de Celis on several calls in and around his region. Throughout the course of a busy day, they dealt with a number of routine calls across the Port Talbot area. Continue reading

Aberavon MP to Attend Summit on Steel

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, will attend a summit hosted by Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP, Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, to discuss the serious challenges faced by the steel industry. The summit will take place on 16th October, in Rotherham, and will be attended by MPs of steel-making constituencies, Government departments, CEOs of UK steel makers and trade union leaders, as well as representatives of the Welsh and Scottish Governments. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Praises Coastal Regeneration

  Aberavon’ MP, Stephen Kinnock, has spoken at a prestigious event held in London’s Southbank to launch the New Blue Deal, a nation-wide initiative designed to help build stronger economies in the UK’s coastal communities and to restore the health of their marine environments. Mr Kinnock used the opportunity to highlight some of the important coastal developments in his Aberavon Constituency, including the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, the Port Talbot Docks, Aberavon’s Blue Flag beach, and the new leisure complex which will replace the Afan Lido. Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock MP plays Labour vs Lobby football match to support Breast Cancer Care

  Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, played in The Football Association’s annual Labour vs Lobby football match at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on 27 September.  Continue reading

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Delay

I was greatly disappointed to hear of these potential delays. The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon represents an enormous opportunity for the local area and for my Aberavon Constituency. It will bring high quality jobs and investment to the Swansea Bay Region, as well as exciting new leisure and tourism developments, all whilst harnessing the power of our spectacular natural advantages – the second highest tidal range in the world – to produce clean green energy. I strongly urge the Government to give the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon its fullest support, and to commit to working with them to ensure it opens on schedule as planned. Continue reading

Make The Business Case For Wage Restraint

Speaking at a fringe event I pressed for the need to nudge business towards wage restraint through making the business case for it and how Labour need deeper engagement with the business community. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34397255#_=_

There Needs To Be A Radical Restructure Of The Governance Of Our Country

This week I addressed a fringe event at Labour Party conference in Brighton and spoke of the need to address the imbalances in the devolution settlement and called for a federal system. Continue reading

Don't Give up on Green Energy

Politically Speaking - Evening Post Column The government's back-tracking on green energy will lead to large-scale job losses in my constituency, and right across South-West Wales The past year has certainly proved to be a tumultuous one for the Labour Party - our defeat in the General Election, Ed Milliband’s resignation and then Jeremy Corbyn’s meteoric rise to the leadership have certainly made for interesting times. Continue reading

Parliamentary Private Secretary Appointment

I am honoured to have been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Angela Eagle MP, our Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Continue reading

Port Talbot Parkway Improvements

Great to visit Port Talbot Parkway with David Rees AM and to speak with Network Rail about the progress of improvements to the station. Continue reading

UK's foundations are 'cracking beneath our feet' but Labour has chance to build 'a new nation', argues Stephen Kinnock

David Williamson writes in the Western Mail about Stephen's pamphlet A New Nation, read the article here

First Minister Carwyn Jones Congratulates Jeremy Corbyn on his Leadership Victory

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/carwyn-jones-congratulates-jeremy-corbyn-10039780

Aberavon MP calls for traffic safety review

South Wales Evening Post SAFETY calls are being made following the death of a man on Afan Way in Port Talbot. Andrew Lee Thomas James, from Penrhiwfer, passed away following a collision on Sunday, August 16. He was aged 26. The collision, near the junction with Victoria Road, involved a silver Suzuki Ignis and a black Ford Focus. Now Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock is calling for a review of traffic safety in the area, and has written to South Wales Police asking for more patrols. Continue reading

Statement On Tata Steel

Today’s announcement of 250 job losses in Llanwern was bad news for the steel industry across the length and breadth of the UK. The loss of any job is deeply devastating for the individual involved and their family. It is disappointing that many of those losing their jobs will be youngsters who should be considered the future of the industry. What we desperately need  now if for the government to stand up for steel and make a game-changing intervention to support the steel industry and the workforce who have a big contribution to make to the economy. Continue reading

Constituency Assistant - Job Advert

Stephen Kinnock is looking to employ a Constituency Assistant. For more details click on the link below Continue reading

Olga Bennett's 100th Birthday

It was truly an honour to celebrate Olga Bennett's 100th birthday in Briton Ferry. Continue reading

Evening Standard Article

Last week I did an interview with the Evening Standard  where I outlined some of my thoughts around new policies that the Labour Party may wish to consider, as part of the debate around how we get back into government.I have received quite a lot of feedback on the interview, and so I thought it would be useful to clarify a few of the key points: Continue reading

Sunday Supplement

Stephen took part in a discussion with BBC's Vaughan Roderick and UKIP's Caroline Jones on President Obama's comments on UK membership and the EU Referendum. Continue reading

Hunting Act

In response to several requests from constituents asking me to state my position on the hunting ban, I am please to confirm that I will be voting against the proposed amendment on Wednesday. It is wrong to kill animals for pleasure. Continue reading

Statement On Welfare Reform And Work Bill

My decision to abstain on the Welfare bill was not taken lightly. I had lobbied the leadership very hard to get the reasoned amendment tabled, and I was pleased when they did so. I then abstained as there are significant parts to the bill that we as a party are happy to support, including the increase in the National Minimum Wage and more apprenticeships, and other aspects that we are deeply opposed to, and that we will continue to oppose in the Autumn when the bill proceeds to committee stage. This Welfare bill is a mixed bag of measures, and when the Opposition is presented with such a proposal the correct course of action is to abstain. Continue reading

Child Poverty Summit

  The measures contained in the Chancellor’s budget will bring another five difficult years for families in the constituency on top of the difficult years of the last Government. Child poverty is a very serious concern which is why I hosted a summit bringing together key stakeholders including Neath Port Talbot Council, NPTCVS, Children In Wales, Barnardos and the Deputy Children’s Commissioner,There are some shocking figures relating to child poverty in Aberavon with an estimated 9,400 to be affected by the changes in tax credits and child poverty set to rise over the course of the Parliament. Worryingly two thirds of children in poverty are in an in-work family. Continue reading