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

Prison Article - South Wales Evening Post - Clarification

I was approached by South Wales Evening Post asking for an update on what happened at the public meeting on Thursday. The comments I made have been misinterpreted in today's article As I set out in my presentation at the public meeting on Thursday, my priority is to get the Ministry of Justice to make a definitive and rapid decision on the Prison to avoid the risk of the community being left in a state of long term limbo. Continue reading

Joint Press Release On Proposed Port Talbot Prison

A year on from the announcement by the Ministry of Justice of their intention to build a new prison on land at Baglan Industrial Park the Welsh Government has issued a statement that has effectively put a block on that proposal progressing. On March 23rd 2017 the MOJ published notification of its intention to build a super prison housing up to 1600 Category C prisoners at a site on the Baglan Industrial Estate in Port Talbot.   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

Russia Is Using The British Council As A Political Tool

(Credit The Times News Syndication) I remember my first flight to St. Petersburg in May 2005 as clearly as if it were yesterday. I was on my way to take up my post as Director of the British Council’s operations in St. Petersburg, and felt a palpable sense of hope, combined with a healthy dose of trepidation. I was looking forward to improving my Russian and getting settled into my new life in St. Pete, as we fondly referred to it. But I was also wondering what the coming years had in store for me, given the parlous state of the bilateral relationship. Equally memorable, but for very different reasons, was my flight out of Russia in January 2008. 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

We Cannot Let Football Act As A Smokescreen - We Must Postpone The World Cup

Politics Home Since I first spoke out and called for FIFA to postpone and relocate the World Cup I’ve been met with a torrent of disgruntled tweets, many from Russian bots, saying “sport and politics don’t mix, leave the World Cup alone”. While I can understand that sentiment, I’m afraid it is total nonsense. It is a cliché that allows us as fans and spectators, sports federations, owners, sponsors and administrators to relieve ourselves of any social or moral responsibility. Continue reading

Select Committee Report Highlights That Government Failings Means We May Have No Choice But To Extend Article 50

Select Committee Report Highlights That Government Failings Means We May Have No Choice But To Extend Article 50, And Expresses Disappointment In The Attempt Made By Certain Members To Undermine The Collective Spirit Of The Committee As the Committee on Exiting the European Union publishes its latest report calling on the government to explore and explain its plan for extending Article 50 in the event that a deal is not secured in time for March 2019, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon and member of the Select Committee: Calls out the government for their failure to have a clear and settled position on Brexit, which has led to a vacuum Agrees that government failure to secure the right deal means that there will probably be no option but to seek extension of Article 50 Regrets the ‘spoiler’ attempt made by some committee members 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