Government’s PIP Changes Will Fail Those Who Need Most Support

Stephen Kinnock MP has condemned for the Government’s changes to Personal Independence Payments (PIP) saying the Government is failing those people who need the most help .In Aberavon 3613 people are on PIP. The Government have announced plans to cut £3.7bn from the disability benefit and to tighten the eligibility criteria for PIP. Continue reading

No reason to delay Government decision on Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

Together with Carolyn Harris MP, Stephen Crabb MP & Nick Clegg MP, I have written an article urge ministers to give the green light to the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project. You can read the article here. Continue reading

Aberavon MP hails package to secure a sustainable future for the British steel industry and commitment of workforce

Commenting on today’s news that the Tata Steel UK workforce in Port Talbot and across the United Kingdom have voted to accept the deal to restructure the British Steel Pension Scheme and see Tata invest in the long term future of the UK business, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon said: Continue reading

We need a government that doesn’t treat our industry and communities as an afterthought in Brexit talks

Aberavon MP calls out government indifference to the British steel industry: we need a government that doesn’t treat our industry and communities as an afterthought in Brexit talks. Commenting on reports that, according to a government document, the British steel industry is to be considered a “low priority industry” for Brexit talks, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament to Aberavon, home of the Port Talbot steelworks said: Continue reading

GOVERNMENT’S INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY MENTIONS STEEL JUST ONCE, WHICH SERVES ONLY TO CONFIRM THAT ITS APPROACH TO THE STEEL INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO BE CHARACTERISED BY A TOXIC COMBINATION OF INCOMPETENCE AND INDIFFERENCE

Commenting on the publication of the Government’s Green Paper on Industrial Strategy, Stephen Kinnock, the Member of Parliament for Aberavon said: “Today I announced the publication of the cross party APPG Steel 2020 report, which provides a blueprint for building a better future for the British steel industry, triggering a modern manufacturing renaissance, and forging a more resilient growth model for the UK economy. Continue reading

Aberavon MP launches APPG Industrial Strategy for Steel

  Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon and Chair of the Steel 2020 sub-committee of the All Party Parliamentary Group of Steel and Metal Related Industries, will today (Monday 23 January) publish the APPG's industrial strategy for steel: Steel 2020: Forging a future for the British steel industry. Continue reading

Aberavon AM and MP condemn Plaid Cymru for playing politics with steelworkers' livelihoods

Commenting on recent interventions by Plaid Cymru in the on-going discussions about the future of Tata Steel, Aberavon AM David Rees and MP Stephen Kinnock said: “The proposals upon which steelworkers will vote in due course is the result of tough and lengthy negotiations. “We have always felt and said that the investment and job security elements of the package are constructive and positive, particularly given that only nine months ago Tata's intention was to sell the business. Continue reading

Aberavon MP hails Hendry Review conclusions

Commenting on the conclusions of the Henry Review on Tidal Lagoons, Stephen Kinnock, the Member of Parliament for Aberavon, where the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon would be partly located, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Hendry review has come to a positive conclusion. The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will create thousands of jobs, heat thousands of homes with clean energy, and will put Swansea Bay at the cutting edge of this new technology that can be exported all over the world. Continue reading

People are worried about immigration – Labour must devise a fair system and reunite the country

Written with Emma Reynolds MP, published in The Guardian The EU referendum was a vote for change on immigration. Free movement of people was rejected and now, as shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer stated in his recent Bloomberg speech, “the status quo is not an option”. Some in the Labour party claim the proponents of managed migration are “Ukip-lite”. We reject this argument, which leaves a vacuum for the right to fill. Moreover, Labour has tended to attribute concerns about immigration to overstretched public services and unscrupulous employers, and tried to counter those anxieties with facts about the overall benefits of immigration. Continue reading

Sir Ivan Rogers

 Responding to the news that Sir Ivan Rogers has resigned in his role as UK ambassador to the EU, Stephen Kinnock said: Sir Ivan Rogers is one of the UK's most experienced and skilful diplomats, and he has been playing an absolutely pivotal role in the Brexit process. His principal task, as our envoy to the member states and EU institutions, is to build the alliances and coalitions that are going to be so vital as we head into the Brexit negotiations. And with Boris and the Brexiteers blundering around like bulls in a china shop, we know that the work of our diplomatic corps has never been more important.  Continue reading