Steelworkers Will Judge Theresa May On Her Approach To Donald Trump's New Tariffs

PoliticsHome We’ve all been there, right? A tricky week at work, so you decide to start a trade war with the whole world. Having lost his longest serving aide, again chastising his “Mr Magoo” Attorney General, and it then becoming public knowledge that his son in law and senior White House adviser took half a billion dollars from senior bankers to help refinance his personal and business debts, Donald Trump decided to throw a dead cat on the table and announce blanket 25% tariffs on all US steel imports. 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

Aberavon MP Calls Out Government And FCA For Allowing A Free For All Which Has Left Many Steelworkers And Pensioners Worse Off

Today, Stephen Kinnock has: called for urgent action on pension misselling called out the FCA for failings; urged the government to produce a white paper; and supported Work and Pensions Committee report Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, home of the Port Talbot Steelworks, today called out the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for their failure to protect British steelworkers and savers in the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS); called on the government to accept, in full, the Work and Pensions Committee recommendations, and urged the government to go further in introducing a system of deemed consent to keep savers in the best scheme for them. Continue reading

Why I’m Fasting Today To Help End First-Past-The-Post

LabourList As we mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, I, along with politicians from across the political spectrum, campaigners and people from all walks of life, are today taking part in Make Votes Matter’s hungry for democracy initiative, a 24-hour hunger strike to call for a new voting system, one that well and truly represents the diverse nature of Britain today. That is because we know, inspired by the suffragettes and their struggle for real democracy, that that fight isn’t yet over! Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock And David Rees Statement On Cymer Afan Comprehensive

On Friday Stephen Kinnock met with residents from the Upper Afan Valley about the proposals for Cymer Afan Comprehensive, following that he and David Rees AM met with Councillors Scott Jones and Nicola-Jayne Elsie Davies, and former Assembly Member Brian Gibbons. After the meetings Stephen Kinnock and David Rees issued the following statement: Continue reading

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