Huw helps students clean up the Ewenny River

Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies stopped by the Pencoed Comprehensive School to assist students in cleaning up the River Ewenny. The clean-up was the culmination of an ongoing project called Schools for Resilience that Pencoed’s Eco team and the Field Studies Council have been working on jointly. The Pencoed Comprehensive School was selected as a pilot[…]

Llanharan Schoolboy Reaches Final of Voice Box Comedy Awards in Parliament

Since September 2015, hundreds of schoolchildren across Wales, Scotland and England have taken part in the joke-telling competition, Voice Box. Twenty made it through to the final at Speaker’s House, Westminster in London on 2 March. One of them was local schoolboy Alex Allen from Llanharan, Rhondda. Alex, age 8, who attends Llwyncrwn Primary School[…]

Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen Students in Parliament for International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day 2016 Huw Irranca-Daives MP hosted three young women for an eventful “Take Over Tuesday” in Parliament. The sixth form students, Natalie, Jamie, and Sophie, were nominated for the opportunity by their teachers at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen. The day began with a glimpse into the work of the Women and Equalities[…]

Huw, Vaughan and Chris visit Llynfi Valley Health & Wellbeing Centre

Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies, Welsh Government Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething and prospective parliamentary candidate for Ogmore Chris Elmore have taken time to the Llynfi Valley Health and Wellbeing Centre at Hartshorn House. Huw, Vaughan and Chris were shown around the Centre by Julie Jones the Centre Manager and local volunteer Michele Jones. Hartshorn House[…]

Mountain Hare Inn named CAMRA Community Pub of the Year 2016

The Mountain Hare Inn pub and brewery in Brynnau Gwynion has been named the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend Community Pub of the Year 2016. Taking time out to visit Huw Irranca-Davies MP, local councillor Roger Turner and prospective parliamentary candidate for Ogmore Chris Elmore were shown the pub by[…]

Huw, Vaughan and Chris meet Ogmore Valley First Responders

Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies, Welsh Government Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething and prospective parliamentary candidate for Ogmore Chris Elmore took time to meet volunteers of the Ogmore Valley First Responders this week, learning about their actions in meeting the emergency health needs of local communities. The Ogmore Valley scheme, which covers from Blackmill in the[…]

Huw Speaks on Great Western Railway Routes

On 9th February Huw spoke during the Great Western Railway Routes debate in the House of Commons chamber. Huw questioned the Transport Minister on the completion date of the electrification of the London Paddington to Swansea route to be told, “I am sorry, but I do not have that completion date”. Speaking in the Commons Huw said, “We[…]

Huw Signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

This week Huw signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people. Wednesday 27th January will mark the liberation of[…]

Call for Urgent Action on Pencoed Traffic Worries

Pencoed town councillors, BCBC councillors and local residents have joined with Janice Gregory AM and Huw Irranca-Davies MP on the 24th January to demand action on the dangerous traffic problems on a busy main road in Pencoed, before someone is seriously hurt or worse. There have been increasing concerns for residents over the congested traffic[…]

Bridgend College Apprentices are a Real Inspiration

Some of the brightest and best of our local young apprentices met with Welsh Government Deputy Minister Julie James and Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies this week at Pencoed Campus of Bridgend College, where they study while undertaking their apprenticeships. The young men and women were engaged in a diverse range of apprenticeships including electrical engineering[…]

Huw Attends Launch of Innovative Domestic Abuse Support Centre

Huw Irranca-Davies MP joined relatives of Assia Newton, a Pencoed resident who was tragically murdered in 2013 following decades of domestic abuse, Minister for Public Services Leighton Andrews, Janice Gregory AM and Council Leader Mel Nott for the launch of a innovative new domestic abuse support centre. Based at the Civic Offices in Angel Street,[…]

Huw attends Disability Benefits Consortium mass lobby in Parliament

On Wednesday 13th January over 130 people with disabilities lobbied their MPs including Huw Irranca-Davies in Westminster Hall. The mass lobby was organised by the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) which compromises more than 60 national charities and organisations. The aim of the lobby was to campaign against the proposed cuts in the Welfare Reform and Work[…]

Huw delivers festive cheer to postal workers at Maesteg

With Christmas just round the corner Huw visited the Maesteg delivery office to pass on festive greetings to the local postmen and women, and enjoy some homemade mince pies! Christmas is Royal Mail’s busiest time of the year and the visit allowed Huw to see first hand the hard work and dedication of local postal workers who sort and[…]

Maesteg Car Park confusion ended, as Huw gets his ASDA coffee for the train!

Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies met with ASDA, Network Rail and Arriva Trains to resolve the concerns over unexpected changes to car parking rules and the introduction of parking fines at ASDA Maesteg for shoppers and railway commuters. The meeting was extremely constructive, and a way forward has been agreed which will now be communicated effectively[…]

Huw attends Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO) Awards

Huw recently attended the Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO) annual Bridgend County Borough Volunteer Achievement Awards in Bridgend alongside special guests Janice Gregory AM, Jayne James the Mid Glamorgan High Sheriff, the Vocalmotion school choir, and soloist Emily March from Ysgol Brynteg. Speaking at the event Huw said “It was a privilege to take[…]

Huw delivers Christian Aid Climate Campaign Petition to 10 Downing Street

Ahead of the UN climate negotiations (COP21) in Paris at the end of this month, Huw Irranca-Davies has backed a petition calling on the UK Government to provide strong leadership on climate action. Hundreds of climate campaign signatures from Christian Aid supporters in Wales were handed over to No.10 Downing Street, calling on the UK[…]

Huw supports Pontyclun Bosom Pals Open Showcase

Huw Irranca-Davies MP continued his support for the Pontyclun Bosom Pals Cancer Support Group attending the open showcase event at the Pavilion in Talbot Green. The event, opened by the Mayor of Rhonda Cynon Taff Councillor Barry Stephens JP, was a great success and enjoyed by all. In the run up to the open showcase[…]

The electrified train-track arriving from London … will be delayed!

Huw has written to Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb to ask whether the electrification of the rail network to Swansea will be delayed, following the shock news of rising costs for the project. The powerful Public Accounts Select Committee in parliament was told on Wednesday 21st October that the estimated costs for the project[…]

Huw calls for increased pension transparency ahead of Good Money Week

Huw joined with a group of MP’s this week to ask their pension scheme, the Parliamentary Contribution Pension Fund (PCPF), for a meeting with representatives from the fund to discuss how their savings are invested.  Taking part were Huw; Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion and Member of the Environmental Audit Committee; Barry Gardiner,[…]

Huw wears it pink in Westminster in aid of Breast Cancer Now

Huw has shown his support for women with breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging his constituents to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 23rd October. wear it pink, the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser, calls on supporters across the country to ditch the day-to-day colours and[…]

Llynfi Community Woodland gets backing of Huw Irranca-Davies MP

An ambitious woodland project stretching from Maesteg to Caerau has got the backing of local MP Huw Irranca-Davies, following a site-visit with Natural Resource Wales (NRW). NRW are working with local communities to develop the community woodland on the former Coegnant Colliery and Maesteg Washeries sites, with funding from the Welsh Government Nature Fund and[…]

“Come and Join Us”, say Lewistown Credit Union and Huw

One of the oldest branches of the highly successful Bridgend Lifesavers Credit Union is going strong after more than a decade, and is seeking new members and volunteers throughout the whole of the Ogmore valley. Huw enjoyed chatting to the volunteers of the Credit Union, including their oldest volunteer Gwladys Bernard who has helped out[…]

MP, AM & BCBC Councillors continue campaign for half hourly Maesteg line train service

Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Janice Gregory AM and local BCBC Councillors met at Maesteg station recently to continue the campaign for a half hourly train service on the Maesteg line. In the coming weeks the Llynfi Valley Labour branch will be organising a petition to support the campaign.   It is evident that the enhancement of[…]

Huw voices constituent concern to help those affected by the Contaminated Blood Scandal

Huw spoke in the final days of parliament before summer recess to once again call for help for those affected by the contaminated blood scandal. Following Parliament’s return after the election Huw managed to secure a question at the first Prime Ministers Questions. Huw asked the PM to keep a promise he made in March[…]

Sony UK Technology Centre in Top 10 at Ceremony in Parliament

Huw joined in congratulating Sony UK Technology Centre (Sony UKTEC) on being named a National Responsible Business Champion award finalist at a reception in Parliament. The National Responsible Business Champion scheme, run by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) is designed to recognize businesses that have taken meaningful steps to give back to their[…]

Huw delivers Pupils Letter to 10 Downing Street

Huw recently delivered a letter from local primary school students to the Prime Minister. The letter, written by year six pupils from Garth Primary in Maesteg, accompanied over a dozen 3-dimensional “world leader” figures. The hand-crafted figures contained the phrase “If I were a world leader…,” followed by messages such as “I would try to[…]

Ogmore and Bridgend public sector workers meet Huw in Westminster

Huw met with council leaders and union representatives at an Emergency Budget Day lobby of Parliament to urge the government to give fair funding for Wales. Council leaders and unions warned that jobs and essential public services are under increasing pressure across Wales thanks to the UK government’s squeeze on spending. The reduction in block[…]

Huw backs Age Cymru’s ‘Scams and Swindles’ campaign

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, has spoken out in support of Age Cymru’s ‘Scams and Swindles’ campaign. This campaign has been launched to coincide with Scams Awareness Month, a national campaign to alert people to the dangers of scams. Age Cymru is running the Scams and Swindles campaign to generate more protection for older and[…]

Huw attends Catch the Bus week event in Ogmore

Huw Irranca-Davies met with local bus drivers, First Bus staff and local access groups to discuss the barriers that visually impaired passengers face when travelling on the bus. The ‘Swap with Me’ event in Ogmore was organised by Bus Users Cymru, in partnership with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and Guide Dogs Cymru. The[…]

Huw meets Ogmore Climate Change Campaigners in Westminster

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, took time out during a busy day in Parliament to meet constituents from Ogmore as part of the ‘Speak Up for Climate’ lobby. Nine-thousand people from across the UK descended on Westminster as part of the biggest ever lobby on climate change. People from every walk of life, from anglers[…]

Huw praises Bridgend schoolboy who raised Armed Forces Day Flag, and pays Tribute to our Armed Forces

Oldcastle Primary School pupil Joe Elliott had the honour of raising Bridgend’s Armed Forces Day flag ahead of a special parade that marched through Bridgend town on Saturday. The flag is flown annually to show the local community’s pride and appreciation of its serving troops and veterans. Schoolboy Joe was invited by Major Wayne Morgan[…]

Huw backs World Animal Protection’s campaign to protect Marine Animals

As part of World Animal Protection’s Sea Change Week, the international charity was at Westminster encouraging MPs to take action for marine animals. Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies has backed World Animal Protection’s campaign to end the devastating impact of ghost fishing gear on marine mammals and wildlife. Ghost fishing gear refers to any fishing equipment[…]

Huw joins Parliamentary Bike Ride to celebrate Bike Week

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, celebrated the launch of Bike Week by taking part in the annual Parliamentary Bike Ride. The Bike Ride was hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, a cross party group which promotes cycling at all levels. The APPCG has been organising the annual Parliamentary Bike Ride for over 20[…]

Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies continues work as Arthritis Champion

Before the election, Huw Irranca-Davies joined forces with Arthritis Research UK to support the charity’s ‘Prevent, Transform, Cure’ manifesto. Mr Irranca-Davies was the very first Member of Parliament to become an Arthritis Champion. Musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis are the single biggest cause of disability and pain across the country, affecting 10[…]

Huw Irranca-Davies MP calls for Global Agreement on Tackling Climate Change

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, tells fellow MPs that an ambitious global agreement on tackling climate change is essential for economic growth. At this week’s opposition day debate on climate change, Mr Irranca-Davies delivered a powerful speech to his fellow MPs in the House of Commons. In his speech, Mr Irranca-Davies stressed the crucial role[…]

Pencoed Twinning Association Blooms!

Pencoed Town and District Twinning Association were pleased to welcome Anne Rose to Pencoed Welfare Hall for a colourful floral demonstration. The event was also attended by Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies and Deputy Mayor John McArthur. In front of a large crowd, Anne produced stunning floral arrangements – which were later raffled – and amused[…]

Huw Presents Sony UK Technology Centre with Prestigious Certificate.

Huw Irranca-Davies, Labour candidate for Ogmore, has presented Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTEC) with a prestigious certificate from the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG). This certificate recognises Sony’s work in increasing its green credentials, strengthening its ties with the Valleys community, and implementing successful training and apprenticeship programs. Huw nominated Sony for the APCRG[…]

Huw pledges to tax bank bonuses to fund jobs for young people in Ogmore

Huw Irranca-Davies, Labour parliamentary candidate for Ogmore, has called for a tax on bank bonuses to fund more jobs for young people in Ogmore. Huw Irranca-Davies recently signed a pledge with Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves that the next Labour Government will tax bank bonuses to fund[…]

Huw Joins Two Punks and a Tandem and Schoolchildren at Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall

Vale and Valley Community Arts and the Arts Council of Wales ‘Young Promoters Scheme’ work together to bring an exciting new theatrical production to Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall   Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, has praised Vale and Valley Community Arts and local schoolchildren for bringing an exciting theatre production of ‘Two Punks and a Tandem’[…]

Huw votes in favour of Standardised Packaging for cigarettes in the UK

Huw Irranca-Davies has voted in favour of a law to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes in the UK. The draft Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015 were laid before the House of Commons on 23 February and were approved by the House on 11 March. Mr Irranca-Davies was one of 367 MPs who voted[…]

‘Our NHS must stay true to Nye Bevan’s vision’ – Huw speaks at St. David’s Day rally in Tredegar to celebrate the NHS

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, joined hundreds of people to stand up for the NHS at a rally in Tredegar this weekend, the birthplace of NHS founder Aneurin “Nye” Bevan. Around 300 people marched from Tredegar clock tower to Bedwellty Park on St David’s Day, despite sleet and wind buffeting their placards. The event was[…]

Huw backs Bridgend Council appeal to encourage LGBT people to consider fostering and adoption

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, is supporting the work being done by Bridgend County Council to mark LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week. The Labour run Bridgend County Borough Council is marking LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (2-8 March) by urging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to consider making a positive difference to local[…]

Top UK universities must open their doors to disadvantaged students

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, has met with representatives from the leading Russell Group Universities to talk about the root causes of the under-representation of disadvantaged students at leading universities, and to hear about the ways in which Russell Group universities are working to help solve this problem. The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading[…]

Huw opens the very first Pencoed Craft and Small Business Indoor Market on Valentine’s Day

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, officially opened the Pencoed Craft and Small Business Indoor Market on Saturday the 14th February. The craft and small business market took place in the afternoon and included stalls from a wide variety of local businesses selling everything from crafts and gifts to local food produce. The event provided a[…]

Huw backs Cancer Research UK Campaign to ‘Cross Cancer Out’

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, is backing an appeal from Cancer Research UK to save the lives of more cancer patients, as news comes that one in two people will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives. The new figure was announced on World Cancer Day (February 4) to highlight the[…]

Huw and the British Heart Foundation highlight the importance of Life Saving Research

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, recently attended a British Heart Foundation event in Parliament highlighting the importance of support for life saving scientific research. Huw joined heart patient Emily Sullivan, 8, for a science lesson to highlight the importance of charities being able to conduct medical research. Emily has had three open heart surgeries after[…]

Huw petitions Number Ten to support International Inquiry into human rights abuses in Sri Lanka

Huw Irranca-Davies and two Tamil constituents have delivered a petition to Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street. The petition calls on the UK Government to support an international inquiry into Sri Lanka’s treatment of the Tamil people. Mr. Duraithasan Subramaniam and Mr. Vethanayagam Sanjeevathanushan from the Ogmore constituency joined Huw to deliver the petition[…]

Government must put right the Contaminated Blood Scandal

Huw Irranca-Davies has called on the Government to finally take action and help the people affected by the contaminated blood scandal. Over 30,000 people, including constituents of Huw’s, were given contaminated blood between 1970 and 1991. The people affected received blood transfusions which led to them contracting hepatitis C and HIV. Infection with one, or[…]

Huw Challenges Government to End Hunger in the UK

Huw Irranca-Davies has challenged the Government to end hunger in the UK. During the recent Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs questions, Huw reminded Government Ministers that in spite of the fact that there is no shortage of food in the UK, the country continues to face a hunger crisis. In the UK around[…]

Working with Ogmore schools to promote voter registration

MP for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies, has spoken out about the importance of making sure that young people and students are registered to vote in the upcoming general election. Many voting-age students in Ogmore have not yet registered to vote. Currently, these students will be unable to take part in next year’s general election. The Government’s[…]

Pencoed School receives national recognition as a model of best practice

MP for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies, has congratulated everyone at Pencoed Comprehensive School for their efforts to narrow the gap between child poverty and educational achievement.   The school has been singled out as a model of good practice by the Wales Centre for Equity in Education (WCEE), which examines what schools are doing to reduce[…]

Ogmore MP’s Work Celebrated by Guide Dogs.

MP for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies, was thanked by national charity, Guide Dogs, for his work in helping change the law to protect guide dogs from attacks by other dogs.   After a long campaign, with the strong personal support of shadow Defra Minister Huw Irranca-Davies and other Members of Parliament, Guide Dogs succeeded in convincing[…]

Ogmore MP Keeps Fingers Crossed for Local School Choir

Huw has sent his best wishes and congratulations to the Ysgol Cynwyd Sant school choir who have reached the final 10 in a Welsh Christmas Carol Competition. Going up against competition from across Wales the choir has now been shortlisted along with ten other school choirs and will perform in the live final. On 19th[…]

Huw Attends Launch of New Debt Advice Centre in Tondu.

Ogmore MP, Huw Irranca-Davies, has attended the launch of a new centre in Tondu which aims to help people in debt. The Christians Against Poverty Centre, based at Tondu Methodist Church on Maesteg Road, offers a free service to people in struggling financial circumstances. The advice centre is also supported by Llansantffraid Church, the Community[…]