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

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.