A Week in Westminster
By Albert Owen MP, Ynys Môn
I begin by paying tribute to all our emergency and security services for their role in the Westminster attack. I also send condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed or injured on Westminster Bridge and in Parliament, and I signed the book of remembrance in Westminster Hall on behalf of the people of Anglesey. Since my election to Parliament I have got to know the police, security and staff – they are excellent and get the balance right with the public, Members and all those who work in the Palace of Westminster.
Article 50 was officially delivered to the EU stating the UK’s intension to withdraw from the European Union following the result of the EU Referendum. Readers will know of my position as a pro-EU MP, who campaigned to Remain. However, as a democrat I accept and respect the fact that Ynys Môn, Wales and the UK voted to Leave. Now, I will focus on getting the best deal for the residents of the Island, Wales and the rest of the country.
Parliament quickly returned to normal after the atrocities. I was pleased to attend cancer awareness events and promote North Wales as a destination. I also met with numerous constituents in the Palace of Westminster, it remains a great pleasure to host residents. I also met 3 Sports Ambassadors from Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones and Ysgol David Hughes as part of the Play Unified event.
As someone who constantly promotes North Wales I was pleased to join colleagues at the Welsh Labour Conference in sunny Llandudno. I was genuinely happy to see so many young Council leaders there, Local Government is so important and UK Government cuts have made it very difficult for councils, so now we also need stability. In my first 12 years of being the MP for Ynys Môn, the Island had some 8 Council leaders. We were led by a Tory, Plaid and independents of various types. Since 2013 Labour councillors have worked with the leader to provide that responsible governance after decades of often juvenile local politics. In 2017 we need to focus on the future, not back to a Plaid or Tory run County Council, but forward with a sensible Council, one with Labour values.