Trumps Tariffs Are Scatter-Gun And Utterly Self-Defeating

Commenting on confirmation from Donald Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that 25% tariffs are to be placed on British steel imports to the USA - commencing 1st June 2018 - Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon, home of the Port Talbot steelworks, said: Continue reading

Aberavon MP Slams Virgin Media For Mishandling Possible Closure Of Swansea Operations

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock joined Assembly Members and Members of Parliament from across the Swansea Bay Region for a meeting with management of Virgin Media, off the back of their announcement to close their Swansea operations by the autumn of 2019 with the loss of almost 800 jobs. Continue reading

Statement On President Trump Decision To Postpone A Decision On The Steel Tariffs

Responding to today’s announcement that President Trump has decided to postpone a decision on the steel tariffs until 1 June, Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon which is home to the Port Talbot steel works, the largest steel works in the UK, said: ‘The only thing that President Trump has achieved through this delay is to cause further uncertainty and confusion. Whilst he plays this ludicrous game of cat and mouse, thousands of steelworkers and their families in my constituency are left in a state of limbo, with the possibility of these deeply damaging tariffs still hanging over them. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Hears From Residents Over Brexit At ‘Divided Views, Common Future’ Event

Aberavon residents have had the opportunity to air their views on Brexit with their local MP, after Stephen Kinnock organised an event to hear from both sides of the debate. It was the second meeting in the Divided Views, Common Future series and constituents were invited to give their opinion on what Brexit deal they thought would be good for Aberavon, Wales and the United Kingdom.Over 40 residents attended the session at Port Talbot YMCA with a mixture of views on Brexit. During the course of the discussion they highlighted issues with immigration, jobs, trade and peace in Northern Ireland being particularly significant to them in the Brexit negotiation. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Presses Minister On Plans For A New Prison In Port Talbot

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock has once again pressed Prisons Minister Rory Stewart on the Government’s plans for a new prison on the Baglan Industrial Park. The exchange comes after two representatives from Stop NPT Prison group joined Mr Kinnock for a meeting with Rory Stewart in London, and off the back of the latest public meeting held in the Aberavon Beach Hotel. Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock Welcomes Select Committee Report On The Post-Transition Relationship Between The UK And The EU

Commenting on the publication of the report, Stephen Kinnock, member of the Exiting the European Union Committee, said:“This report makes clear that the only realistic post-transition relationship that can satisfy the government’s own Brexit tests is an EEA / EFTA-based arrangement.“The Committee report sets a series of tests for a successful post-transition relationship that are entirely based on the words and ambitions of the Prime Minister and Brexit Secretary. Continue reading

Temporary Exemption From Trump Steel Tariffs Is Step In Right Direction, But We Are Not Out Of The Woods Yet

Commenting on reports that the EU is set to secure a temporary exemption from the Trump steel tariffs, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, home of the Port Talbot steelworks, Stephen Kinnock, said: “Steelworkers across the UK and Europe will sigh with relief if it is confirmed that the EU have secured a temporary exemption from the Trump tariffs, but we are by no means out of the woods yet. Continue reading

Prime Minister Found Wanting As Trump Steel Tariff Executive Order Is Milestone Moment For Future Of UK Steel Industry And Future Of Rules Based Global Economic System

Commenting on Trump's Executive Order confirming 25% tariffs on British steel imports to the USA, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, home of the Port Talbot steelworks said,  "President Trump's signing of an Executive Order imposing steel tariffs is a milestone moment for the future of the British steel industry, and for the future of the rules-based global economy. And once again, our government and Prime Minister have been found wanting. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Calls On New Prisons Minister To Scrap Plans For A Prison In Port Talbot With Immediate Effect

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, has called on the new Minister for Prisons to call time on the UK Government’s plans to build a prison in Port Talbot, describing the idea as a ‘non-starter’ and saying the plans should be ‘scrapped with immediate effect’. In their first clash in the House of Commons since Rory Stewart’s appointment, Mr Kinnock pressed the Minister to abandon the Ministry of Justice’s proposals, and encouraged him to visit Port Talbot to attend a public meeting and hear directly from concerned residents about their opposition to the proposals. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Condemns Aggressive Trump Tariffs On Steel

Commenting on Donald Trump’s announcement of plans to impose tariffs of 25% on all steel and aluminium imports to the USA, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, home of the Port Talbot Steelworks said: “This reckless and impetuous announcement from Donald Trump is deeply worrying for the British steel industry, centred on the Port Talbot steelworks in my Aberavon constituency. “Around 10% of Tata Steel UK’s exports are to the United States, and are largely made up of the most sophisticated and high-tech steel products in the world, much of which the Americans cannot produce themselves. Continue reading