Westminster Matters

Westminster Matters

A Week in Westminster

By Albert Owen MP/AS, Ynys Môn

April 2017

In Parliament I put the case against further closures of Post Offices and High Street banks. These closures are ripping the heart out of our communities and we need a positive plan for the future. I support the Communication Workers’ Union’s (CWU) call for a Post Office Bank to help local residents and businesses, which would then boost town centres.

There is also positive news on my campaign to support nuclear workers’ pensions, which came under attack from Government reforms. Not only this, but they were being threatened by other cuts from the Enterprise Bill. I worked with local union reps and across parties in Parliament to resolve this. There has real progress, it’s wrong for nuclear workers to be called ‘fat cats' and an agreement is now likely to happen.

I am also pleased that all political parties now accept that we need to intervene in order to help get fairer energy prices. My relentless campaign was ridiculed, but now it’s mainstream. If we achieve these policies it will help local communities and businesses.

I raised the issue of ports at Welsh Questions as now an extra £2m is available from Welsh Government to develop ports in Wales. This would bring local jobs to port communities and I thank all those who have supported my ports campaign during this Parliamentary session.

In the constituency I was out and about and held surgeries, as I have for most weekends since 2001 and I attended the excellent Mary Parry’s Musical Players concert in the Ucheldre Centre. It was a great show and two great were charities helped, the RNIB and SAFFA.

I also met with the National Trust on their coastal plan for Cemaes, our island’s coastline is a gem and I also joined the Eglwys Bach coffee morning in Newborough.

Bringing people together has always been my priority, the Island Games Bid Committee is one such example. At the recent meeting progress for the 2025 bid was made and I wish all competitors in Gotland 2017 the very best of luck. A successful Anglesey bid would bring a strong leisure, health and sporting legacy for the future.

Finally, I also supported the Christian Aid reception in Parliament, as a former member of the International Development Committee I have seen their work both at first hand and locally. The people of Ynys Môn have raised over £20,000 in support of Christian Aid’s work, an incredible achievement.

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