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.

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

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

Daily Politics Show

Greatly enjoyed being on the Daily Politics show discussing Greece, the Budget and English Votes for English Laws. Continue reading

A Balance Between Economic Dynamism And Social Cohesion

Stephen spoke to Jason Mohammed on BBC Radio Wales about the Labour Leadership contest and why he thinks Yvette Cooper is the best candidate. Continue reading

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

South Wales MPs welcome the news that the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has been given the go-ahead from government. In a joint statement issued this afternoon, Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon, and Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East, said: Continue reading

PM Should Be Given Time To Secure Deal For UK Within Europe

On ITV's Sharp End Stephen discussed Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, the Leadership elections and the European Referendum and said that the Prime Minster should be given enough time to secure a deal for the UK in Europe and that the deal should give us the best possible chance of securing a 'Yes'. Continue reading

The Government And Tata Steel Are Sleepwalking Into The First Steel Strike In Decades

New Statesman The Port Talbot steel works in my constituency is owned by Tata Steel, a Mumbai-based company that employs almost 17,000 steel workers across the length and breadth of the UK. There are 4,000 steel workers in Port Talbot, and more than twice that number of jobs in my constituency depend on the steel works through its supply chains. The Port Talbot steel works has been the beating heart of our community for generations, and its output is of critical importance to the local, Welsh and British economies. Continue reading

MP Stephen Kinnock Backs Staff After Vote For Tata Action

Evening Post ABERAVON'S new MP has spoken up for steelworkers in Port Talbot after union members overwhelmingly voted to take industrial action over pension changes. Stephen Kinnock, who became MP for Aberavon in May, said he supported Tata Steel workers in Port Talbot after they voted by a large majority on Friday, in favour of industrial action over the company's proposed changes to pensions and its refusal to negotiate over the Early Retirement Clause. Continue reading

Cross-Party Steel Group Refuses To Meet With Tata Steel

Some weeks ago the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Steel invited Karl-Ulrich Köhler, Chief Executive of Tata Steel Europe to brief the group on the crisis in industrial relations occurring across Tata Steel’s UK operations. Late last week the APPG was informed by Tata Steel that they would be sending a small team of more junior executives to the meeting that was due to take place this afternoon.  Continue reading

Aberavon Labour AM And MP Welcome Welsh Government Announcement On M4 Junction 41

David Rees, Assembly Member, and Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament, have today welcomed the announcement by Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, that the part time trial closure of the M4 Junction 41 westbound on-slip will be lifted pending further analysis. Continue reading

Stand Up For Steel

Stephen Kinnock MP has spoken out in support of Tata Steelworkers in Port Talbot who voted by a large majority yesterday in favour of industrial action over Tata’s refusal to negotiate over the Early Retirement Clause. 88% of those balloted voted in favour of action nationally, with the figure even higher in Port Talbot at 95%. The turnout was similarly large, with 76% voting nationally and 84% in Port Talbot. Continue reading

All Of The Leadership Candidates Are Good, But There's Something About Mary...

New Statesman Far too much gets written and said about leadership. Untold volumes of books and learned articles gather dust on shelves; countless biographies, autobiographies and profile pieces attempt to present a forensic analysis of the inner workings of the leader’s mind and character, and to define the must-have qualities of the Great & The Good. So, let’s for once just keep it simple, shall we? The Labour Party needs a leader who has the right values and instincts, strong communication skills, solid experience and a deep understanding of the fact that we must now make a definitive break with the past, and move on from the tired old debates about Old versus New, Blair versus Brown. Continue reading

Beast Of Bryn 2015

Stephen is running in the Beast Of Bryn on Saturday and raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Click on the link below to donate. Continue reading

PM On A Hiding To Nothing On Europe

Listen to Stephen on Westminster Hour speak about the Labour leadership contest, the European referendum and the European Convention on Human Rights. Continue reading

Renewal Will Take Longer Without Debate

In today's Guardian Stephen, along with fellow new MP Jo Cox, has called on Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper to release some of their excess nominations to allow other contenders to get through the ballot. With more candidates a more robust debate can take place which is crucial for the Labour party is to renew. Continue reading

Election fever hit St Joseph's with Stephen Kinnock questioned over politics

Evening Post ELECTION fever hit a Port Talbot school, when a parliamentary candidate - now the town's MP - visited to speak to children. Ahead of the May 7 General Election, Stephen Kinnock visited St Joseph's RC Comprehensive and Sixth form to speak to a group of year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students. The discussion consisted of topics such as the likely outcome of the general election and a day in the life of a candidate. Continue reading

We Need To Think Radically

Guardian Stephen Kinnock was having “a pint and a few sandwiches” in the Aberavon Wizards rugby club when the exit poll came through at 10pm on election night, to be met with a gasp, as in so many places around the country. As Labour’s candidate for the local seat of Aberavon, Kinnock’s thoughts inevitably turned to his own race, as well as the national result. Happily, though this was his first parliamentary campaign, there were a couple of old hands around with whom to discuss events. Among them was his father Neil – now Lord – Kinnock, who had lived through not one but two nights like this as Labour party leader, at least one of them, in 1992, every bit as painful. Continue reading

Fairness, Strong Communities And Aspiration - That's The Future Of The Labour Party

Listen to Stephen speak to Steve Richards of the Independent on The Week In Westminster on what he thinks for the future of the Labour Party and what he is looking for in a leader. Continue reading

We Need To Get Into The Habit Of Being A 24/7 Campaigning Party

Stephen spoke to LBC's Iain Dale about winning in Aberavon and the future of the Labour Party.

Stephen Kinnock MP calls for at-risk Afan Valley schools to be federated, not closed

Featured in today's South Wales Evening Post, Stephen calls for Pontrhydyfen, Bryn and Cwmavon schools to be federated: Continue reading

Thank You

Dear Resident, It is an honour to be elected as your Labour Member of Parliament for Aberavon and thank you to everyone who gave me their support and voted for me. Continue reading

Lets Think Radically On The Future Of The United Kingdom

Speaking on ITV's Sharp End, Stephen discussed the future of the UK and the election result. Continue reading

For the party to win from the left it has to win with a positive message

Speaking on Channel 4 News Stephen discussed the election result and the future of the Labour Party. Watch his interview here

I think people want politics to help them to solve their problems and to get stuff done

Stephen spoke with Total Politics about the direction of the Labour Party, re-nationalising the railways, the NHS and Prime Ministers Questions you can read it here. Continue reading