Ogmore MP Talks to Local Students about the Importance of Voting

Huw Irranca-Davies, met with a group of thirty Welsh Baccalaureate students from his constituency in Parliament recently. Mr. Irranca-Davies spoke to the students about the importance of using their vote and making their voice heard. The Students, from Maesteg Comprehensive who are studying for their Advanced levels, came to Parliament for a full day of[…]

Ogmore MP Condemns Construction Industry Exploitation

Huw Irranca-Davies, has condemned the exploitation of construction workers by so-called umbrella companies. These companies use an entirely legal but very complex pay structure to pass on to workers the cost of employers’ national insurance and processing pay. In many cases this means workers are losing 25% of their salary as a result of the[…]

Power to People to Change their Lives for the Better, not Reform for the Sake of Reform

Commenting on the recent publication of the Smith Report MP for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies said ‘Despite the scaremongering and doom-filled prophecies of the nationalists this report shows Labour is determined to make good on its vow to the people of Scotland’ ‘But across the rest of Britain people are now asking whether the current arrangements[…]

Huw Supports Local Community Garden.

Ogmore MP, Huw Irranca-Davies, recently visited the Brit Growers ‘Our Garden’ project in Gilfach Goch to open their new community garden shop. The Brit Growers community garden has gone from strength to strength since being established a few years ago. I has transformed the area into one of great beauty and become a real hub[…]

Working Together to Improve Care for those living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a parliamentary reception highlighting the important work of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS). The reception was an opportunity for patients, clinicians and policy makers to come together to discuss the main issues facing AS patient care in the UK and to celebrate the organisation’s hard work over[…]

Huw speaks at Food Security Debate

Huw Irranca-Davies MP speaks at the Westminster Hall Debate on Food Security. Watch the speech here. [Starts speaking at 14:09] Find the Hansard transcript here.   Efra Select Committee Food Security Report, 27th Nov 2014 Let me begin by commending the Efra Select Committee for their timely focus on Food Security, and for prompting this debate.[…]

World AIDS Day 2014: Why I’ll be wearing the Red Ribbon to PMQs

At Prime Minister’s Questions today I will be joining many of my colleagues in taking a stand against HIV stigma by proudly wearing the Red Ribbon in the run up to World AIDS Day on the 1st of December. The Red Ribbon is an internationally recognised sign of solidarity with people living with HIV. Despite[…]

Huw welcomes Welsh Choir to Parliament

Recently, I had the pleasure of welcoming the Maesteg and District Male Voice Choir, Côr Meibion Maesteg a’r Cylch to the Houses of Parliament for the day. The Choir were given the unique opportunity to perform a concert of songs in the splendid State Apartments of the Speaker’s House. The audience included a number of[…]

Hunt is on for Bridgend County Borough’s best retailers

Businesses in town centres and high streets across the county borough are being urged to show the public why they are top traders by entering the Bridgend Retail Awards for 2014. The awards, which are run annually by the Labour run Bridgend County Borough Council and Bridge FM, are aimed at recognising and celebrating retail[…]

A Two-State Solution is the Only Answer for the Israeli-Palestine Conflict

On Monday Parliament will vote on a motion which will decide if the UK recognises Palestine as a State. The Motion is: “That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.” A permanent end to the continuing conflict between Israel and Palestine is a cause that[…]

Give Justice to Postmasters and Publish the Damning Horizon Report

Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies has demanded that the government publishes a leaked report which is believed to be highly critical of the Post Office’s handling of problems with the Horizon computer problem. Hundreds of sub-postmasters all around the country have been left devastated financially, often losing tens of thousands of pounds, because of problems they[…]

Council launches 2015-16 budget consultation

Public consultation has begun over the Labour run Bridgend County Borough Council’s plans to deliver a balanced budget in 2015-16. The consultation starts today, Monday 6 October and ends on Monday 17 November and will ask local people for their views on how the council is proposing to deliver services and save money against a[…]

Bridgend Jobs and Information Fair

Last month, a jobs and information fair was held for job seekers at the Bridgend Life Centre which was formerly known as the Bridgend Recreation Centre. The event was organised by the Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) and Job Centre Plus. It brought together a host of local companies to discuss with residents employment vacancies[…]

What Can Labour do to Win the Rural Vote?

Huw Irranca-Davies MP delivered a speech during the Labour Party Conference 2014 at a Countryside Alliance Fringe titled ‘What Can Labour do to Win the Rural Vote’. You can find the text of the speech below, however please check against delivery, alternatively you can watch the video by clicking on the link. Text of speech: […]

Recall of Parliament to Debate UK Military Involvement in Iraq

Tomorrow, parliament has been recalled to debate and vote on the issue of the involvement of British forces in air-strikes in Iraq. This is a highly contentious issue, which will not be taken lightly by any government, or any parliamentarian. A decision to give UK support to air-strikes could have wide and long-lasting repercussions, not[…]

Huw’s Stroud speech on the Badger Cull and Bovine Tb

Below is the text of a speech Huw delivered on the badger culls and bTb in Stroud on 15th September 2014. ***Check against Delivery*** Thank you very much for inviting me here this afternoon, it’s good to see you all including our fantastic PPC for Stroud, David Drew. Last week David Cameron’s failed badger-culls started[…]

Huw’s speech on The Elliott Report and Food Fraud

Huw’s addressed the House of Commons on Monday 8th September on Food Fraud and the publication of the final Elliot Report, below is the text of his speech including interventions in the Debate:   Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore) (Lab): I congratulate all right hon. and hon. Members who have contributed. We may be few in number, but[…]

Huw praises investment and workforce at Rockwool Pencoed

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore was given an in-depth tour of the Pencoed ROCKWOOL© plant, where he chatted to staff and saw the massive investment in production lines in recent years. He was accompanied by Rory Moss, Managing Director of Rockwool and Production Director, Bob Perry. Huw said: “ROCKWOOL’S investment and product development at Pencoed[…]

Huw supports Breast Cancer Campaign as it launches ‘Spread the word’ campaign

Breast Cancer Campaign has launched its ‘Spread the word’ campaign to highlight that there are still too many people dying from breast cancer in the UK. Huw Irranca-Davies MP has been getting behind the campaign. He said: “There’s been incredible progress towards beating breast cancer over the past 20 years but thousands of people across[…]

Ogmore MP petitions Prime Minister on behalf of Local Primary School

Huw Irranca-Davies, Labour MP for Ogmore, hand-delivered a “Send My Friend to School” petition to 10 Downing Street, signed by pupils from Garth Primary school in Maesteg. The Send My Friend to School campaign aims to get all children into education by 2015. Currently, across the world almost 57 million children are not in education. Mr Irranca-Davies said:[…]

Ogmore MP petitions the Prime Minister to freeze gas and electricity bills

Huw Irranca-Davies, Labour MP for Ogmore, hand-delivered a petition signed by Ogmore residents to 10 Downing Street. Mr Irranca-Davies said: “David Cameron and his Conservative-led government have failed to lead on gas and electricity prices. Hard-working Ogmore constituents are being pushed into fuel poverty due to rising prices and the cost of living crisis.” He[…]

Huw Celebrates Success of Local School

Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies has congratulated the staff, governors and pupils of Maesteg Comprehensive after a glowing report. Estyn inspectors presented the 1,095 pupil school with an overall rating of “excellent” and “good” ratings in both the key criteria of current school performance and prospects for improvements. This news follows last month’s Welsh Government school[…]

Huw celebrates investment into Llynfi Valley

Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies has welcomed the decision by Partspeed to create 50 new jobs at its 40,000 square foot production facility in Maesteg. Established in 1984, Partspeed is expanding from its present 1.8 acre site in Rumney, Cardiff. The Nantyffyllon plant will produce green car parts for both the domestic market and worldwide export,[…]

Huw Irranca-Davies MP Welcomes Digital Workshops

Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies has welcomed steps by Bridgend County Borough Council to create a series of free drop-in ‘digital workshops’ aimed at helping job seekers in need of ICT support. The ‘Digiworks’ will cover the basics of ICT; including using the internet for job searching, managing online claim channels and sending an electronic CV.[…]

Huw calls on UK Govt to Help Long Term Unemployed

Ogmore MP and Shadow Minister Huw Irranca-Davies is calling on the UK government to take urgent action to help the long term unemployed back into work. Huw says that despite huge efforts by local employers in difficult times, supported by Welsh Government schemes like Jobs Growth Wales, which filled 49 job opportunities created in the[…]

Huw Supports Small Business Saturday

Across Bridgend and Ogmore there are hundreds of small businesses who power the local economy, providing thousands of jobs in manufacturing and retail, construction and farming, entertainment and recreation and more. We often focus on the big companies, yet smaller businesses are the lifeblood of our high streets and industrial estates, and the supply-chains to[…]