Stephen Kinnock Holds Fourth Annual Funding Fair

Stephen Kinnock’s Funding Fair is back for it’s fourth year with new advice providers signed on to give advice and help to groups and organisations looking for funding. This year’s event will be held in The Centre, Lodge Drive, Baglan, SA12 8UB on Friday 22 March between 10am and 1pm. Continue reading

Steelworkers Pensions Meeting

NOTIFICATION OF A PUBLIC MEETING FOR ALL THOSE WHO FEEL THEY MAY HAVE BEEN MIS-SOLD A PENSION TRANSFER IN AND AROUND PORT TALBOT Stephen Kinnock MP is attending a public meeting at the Twelve Knights Hotel in Margam, Port Talbot at 1530 on 1 Feb 2019 to discuss fresh and emerging concerns surrounding financial advice given to members of the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) to transfer out of their final salary pension.  Concerns have been highlighted by the Regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which conducted a major review last year and found that the majority of cases to transfer out of a final salary pension were unsuitable.  Continue reading

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock Welcomes UK Government Confirmation That Baglan Super-Prison Proposals Have Been Axed

Commenting on the news that Baglan is no longer being considered as a potential home of the new ‘super-prison’, MP for Aberavon Stephen Kinnock said: “This is fantastic news and a real victory for the people of Port Talbot. David Rees AM and I have been working hard with our constituents to make clear the reasons why Baglan was an utterly inappropriate location for a new super-prison, and I’m pleased that – after a campaign lasting almost two years – the UK government has admitted defeat. Continue reading

Statement On Junction 41

Commenting on a report produced for the Welsh Government into the monitoring of vehicle emissions between Junction 41 & Junction 42, which includes the option of closing the junction as a possible way to reduce pollution and meet legal requirements on emissions, Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock said,   “It is deeply disappointing to see a fresh threat to close junction 41 emerge. Last time the proposals were widely rejected by the local community, who came together to fight, and win, a long and difficult campaign to keep the junction open. Continue reading

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

Junction 41 Joint Statement

Responding to the private Labour Party email leaked by Plaid Cymru on social media and to the press, David Rees AM and Stephen Kinnock MP say:“Whilst it's deeply disappointing that Plaid have chosen to use a leaked e-mail for their own ends, it is not surprising as this is typical of their methods. We stand by what we said in our e-mail to our members. In stark contrast to Plaid's scaremongering and grand-standing, our Aberavon Labour team quietly gets the job done. “In conjunction with the local community we secured the right outcome on junction 41, and on the prison, and we shall always stand up for the interests of our constituents. Sometimes that means public campaigning, and sometimes that means careful and measured negotiations, to get the right results for our residents.“Since the publication of the report on the M4 to Welsh Government, David Rees has raised this matter with them on several occasions in the Assembly and at a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Transport. On each occasion he has made it clear that this proposal should be rejected and the people of Port Talbot should not have to endure the chaos we all saw the last time the junction was closed.  He has also organised a meeting with Welsh Government officials and all of the area’s regional AMs so as a joint position could be presented and all are able to present their views.  Continue reading

Tata Steel - ThyssenKrupp Joint Venture Announcement

Stephen Kinnock MP welcomes Tata Steel-ThyssenKrupp joint venture, but calls for more commitments on long-term investment. Speaking after the announcement of the deal, Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon said: “I welcome this announcement today, this is good news for the steelworkers at Port Talbot as it helps secure the operations of Tata Steel UK. This joint venture includes commitments to significant investment in the Port Talbot Steelworks, such as vital major repair works which will keep Blast Furnace 5 running until at least 2026. “Further commitments such as no compulsory redundancies before 2026, and the first 200m of any operating profits being reinvested in the business are all very welcome news for my constituents who have been living with uncertainty over their jobs for far too long. Continue reading

South-west Wales MPs, AMs and Council leaders condemn UK Government for 'betraying the people of Wales' by failing to back the tidal lagoon.

A powerful grouping of politicians from across the South-West Wales area has today expressed its deep disappointment at the announcement that the UK government will not back the lagoon. In a joint statement, the representatives said: “This news is devastating for the Swansea Bay Region. “After months of the UK Government prevaricating on this decision, and more than a year after the Hendry Review backed the project, once again the UK Government has failed on its duty to support the communities of South-West Wales, and has yet again betrayed the people of Wales. “The lagoon required the Government to be bold and back a pathfinder project that would promote energy self-sufficiency, re-balance the economy, and create jobs across the UK, addressing disparities in national productivity. “Giving the lagoon the green light would have been a massive boost to the economy of the area, especially at a time when the region is reeling from job losses at Virgin Media and dark clouds are gathering over steel jobs thanks to President Trump and his tariffs. “We are all too familiar with this story from a Tory Government who have failed to stand up for steel and failed to deliver on rail electrification west of Cardiff. "The Conservative Secretary of State for Wales has presided over the removal of electrification money of £400m-£700m - depending on whose figure you use - and has now failed to support £1.3bn for the tidal lagoon. That’s £2bn he has ripped away from the South Wales economy, killing jobs, and denying opportunities to families and communities in South Wales. “Yet again it was left to the Welsh Labour Government to attempt to pick up the pieces, just as they did with the steel crisis, and to make an offer of support which has fallen on deaf ears. “This is a project that would have played directly into the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, which makes the decision to reject it all the more short-sighted and irrational.  "The UK Government needs to rethink this decision and back the lagoon, because in doing so they would be investing in the local area, delivering jobs, clean energy and real opportunity to the Swansea Bay Region.” “This whole sorry tale does also raise serious questions about whether Alun Cairns should continue as Secretary of State for Wales. Mr Cairns is supposed to be the voice of Wales in the cabinet, standing up for our interests and fighting our corner. But this announcement on the lagoon today confirms that absolutely nobody is listening to him, and he should therefore consider his position.” The first of its kind in the world, the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon would produce enough energy to power 150,000 Welsh homes for 120 years, sustain over 2,000 construction and manufacturing jobs in Wales, and support as many as 311 industrial and manufacturing businesses along the supply chain. It would deliver £8 million in tourism revenue, and the project would require more than 100,000 tonnes of steel, much of which would come from the Port Talbot steel works, with further jobs downstream making the component parts. Issued jointly by: Tonia Antoniazzi MP for Gower Geraint Davies MP for Swansea West  Nia Griffith MP for Llanelli Carolyn Harris MP for Swansea East  Stephen Kinnock MP for Aberavon Christina Rees MP for Neath  Jeremy Miles AM for Neath  Rebecca Evans AM for Gower  Mike Hedges AM for Swansea East  Julie James AM for Swansea West  David Rees AM for Aberavon  Lee Waters AM for Llanelli  Cllr Rob James Leader of Carmarthenshire Labour Group  Cllr Rob Jones Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council  Cllr Rob Stewart Leader of Swansea Council  For further comment from any of the above please contact the office of that individual.