UK Risks Missing Brexit Boat

From the moment Theresa May announced her intention to trigger Article 50, it’s been clear that we were in a race against time. But few seem to realize that we have less than two months in which to land the most important and complex deal in our post-war history. The reality is that the British government has six weeks to decide on the basic model that will define the shape and nature of U.K.-EU relations for generations to come. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock Meets With Pensions Minister To Speak Up For Constituents About Changes To The BSPS On The Day We Learn Initial BSPS Transfer Figures

Stephen Kinnock met with the Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman, for a frank exchange of views about the government’s handling of the changes to the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS). Continue reading

Only By Speaking European Languages Will Britain Rebuild The Bridges Burned By Brexit

Times article with Luciana Berger We take it for granted that public figures from the rest of Europe can speak flawless English, as Emmanuel Macron did in his interview on the Andrew Marr Show last Sunday. We expect the presidents and prime ministers of France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Sweden or Norway to be able to conduct their politics and diplomacy with us in English. Continue reading

No Place For Scandalous Child Poverty Figures In 21st Century Britain

Nearly a third of children in Aberavon are living in poverty according to statistics published the End Child Poverty coalition. Local MP Stephen Kinnock has called the figures ‘scandalous’ and said ‘there should be no place for child poverty in 21st century Britain. Figures from the End Child Poverty Coalition show 4424 children living in poverty in Aberavon which represents 31.6% of children in the area. Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock Calls For Early-Warning System So Regulators Can Be More Proactive

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, has said lessons need to be learnt from the creation of the British Steel Pension Scheme mark 2, and called for an early-warning system so regulators can be more proactive in tackling the unscrupulous behaviour of certain pension advisers witnessed in Port Talbot. Continue reading

MP Holds Constructive Meeting With New Prisons Minister

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, has held a constructive meeting with the new Minister for Prisons, Rory Stewart MP, just days after his appointment to the role, over the proposals to build a prison in Port Talbot. Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock To Hold Third Annual Funding Fair

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, is due to hold his annual funding fair in Taibach Community Education Centre at the end of the month. Now in its third year the event has grown to include 13 different advice providers and Mr Kinnock is encouraging local groups and organisations looking for funding to come along. Continue reading

Aberavon MP Calls For Urgent Meeting With New Minister Over Prison Plans

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock has written to the new Minister for Prisons, Rory Stewart OBE MP, urging him to get up to speed on the proposals for a prison in Port Talbot and calling for an urgent meeting to discuss why the land in the Baglan Industrial Park is not suitable for a prison. Continue reading

The European Economic Area Offers An Opportunity To Stay In The Single Market And Control Movement Of Labour

Politics Home For almost eighteen months now the country has been grappling with the vexed question of how best to retain the benefits of the single market without having to accept the free movement of labour.   We know that if we were to cut our economy off from the single integrated market of 500 million consumers on our doorstep this would have a catastrophic impact on jobs, livelihoods and communities across the length and breadth of our country.  And we also know that the so-called ‘four freedoms’ which form the basis of the Single Market - ie the frictionless movement of goods, capital, services and labour across the EU - are indivisible. In other words, there can be no cherry-picking - if you want full participation in the Single Market then you have to accept all four of the four freedoms. Continue reading

Cyrus RW

Commenting on the news that Cyrus RW have been put into administration, Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock said: “It is disappointing to learn of Cyrus RW being placed into administration, and for all of those employed by the company this will be an incredibly worrying time. “The priority must now be finding a solution that protects the jobs, particularly those in Briton Ferry where I believe there are up to 50 people employed in highly skilled, well paid jobs. Continue reading