I attended a public meeting in the Twelve Knights about advice given to members of the British Steel Pension Scheme to transfer out of their final salary pension.
Steelworkers were exposed to opportunistic and unscrupulous advisers who swooped in like vultures, exploiting the situation for their own financial gain.Read more
It was amazing to be shown around the iconic Blast Furnace No 5 at Tata Steel. Vital repair work to extend the life of the blast was being carried out by a dedicated team, so there was a short window of opportunity to go inside the blast furnace and see the fascinating work that was being done. The work is incredibly complex and difficult but it's crucial work which will make such a difference to the steelworks. This £46 million investment is critical for the future of the works and for Aberavon.Read more
It was great to visit Wernick Buildings on the Kenfig Industrial Estate and meet the truly impressive team creating high-skilled jobs and showcasing the very best of Welsh manufacturing. They design and manufacturer steel-framed modular buildings in house and later construct them on the building site. The buildings have been used for hospitals, schools, universities, offices and homes.Read more
It was great to join First Minister Carwyn Jones and David Rees AM on a visit to the newly opened Ysgol Cwm Brombil. We were taken on a well-informed tour by the school’s prefects and had a great chat about how the new facilities are working for them. It was wonderful to see the school’s new layout preparing for the incoming new curriculum in Wales and the innovative the school has incorporated independent study and group study.
Ysgol Cwm Brombil is an amazing 21st century school, showing the Welsh Labour Government and Neath Port Talbot Council once again delivering vital investment in our community, and in our future generations.Read more
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I was a guest speaker at the Swansea Bay Business Club Lunch in Margam Orangery. I spoke about the effect Brexit is having on local businesses and the need for a good deal with the EU. I also talked about the need for investment in South Wales with electrification of the mainline railway and the Tidal Lagoon having been cancelled.Read more
It was great to be out in Margam with local council Leader Rob Jones, councillor for Margam Ward, I was joined by David Rees AM and cllrs Rob Wood and Steffan ap Dafydd.
We spent the morning door knocking around the Tollgate area of Margam, and delivered my latest leaflet. Thanks to everyone who stopped to chat on the doorstep. A few issues to follow up.
It was great to visit Groes Primary and meet their dedicated and passionate Head Teacher Kate Key. Kate and her team have done a tremendous job moving the school out of the ‘red’ category. The pupils have been learning about democracy and how parliament works. They asked some searching questions about what it’s like being an MP and my work in the constituency as the local Member of Parliament.
On 2nd March I visited RPC Tedeco-Gizeh based in Kenfig Industrial Estate. The factory produces plastic products for the drinks industry and employs around 100 people from the Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend areas.Read more
I visited Andrew Scott at their head office in Margam. I spoke with their Managing Director, Mark Bowen who brought me up to speed with the current opportunities and challenges facing their business, the business is a large employer and turned over £40m in 2017.Read more
I visited the British Oxygen Company site in Margam and was given a tour of the facility. BOC Gases Margam is a major industrial gases production and distribution facility providing gas for the steel works and is a key supplier to hundreds of businesses across south Wales including the health board.Read more