A Week in Westminster
By Albert Owen MP
I started the week with a meeting in Amlwch Port organised by the local Heritage Trust. The purpose of the meeting was to produce a strategic plan for the future. I feel that the challenges facing Amlwch and north Anglesey are unique and there is a need for a task force to be set up, led by the County Council, in partnership with community groups. Such a joint venture must include young people and I will work with others to achieve this.
Before heading to London, I met with Holyhead Town Council in Holyhead Park at the handing over of its ownership from the County Council to the local council. The Town Clerk deserves credit, I have been working with them and the High School to provide a 21st century park for all its residents, including again its young people. I hope the newly elected Town Council will now get behind the Clerk and Mayor in order shape the future after the in-fighting of recent years.
In Parliament I was pleased that the Government caved in to cross-party calls for a full public inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal. I pay tribute to my colleague Diana Johnson MP on leading the issue with the All Party Group. I myself called on the Prime Minister myself to establish a public inquiry, I have met victims including constituents and I will continue the fight for justice.
I took part in internal Parliamentary elections and led on a Westminster Hall debate on negotiations for withdrawal from Euratom, the European Atomic Energy Community. It is a mistake by the Government to link it to Brexit and withdraw in such a short timescale. Many jobs in the nuclear industry, research and development, including medical cancer research, could be put at risk. I have gathered cross-party support on this matter and will continue to fight for sensible transitional arrangements.
I attended Cancer Research UK’s event in the House and only last week I helped collections on the Island. I am proud to associate myself with their work locally and nationally.
Back in the constituency I held an advice surgery in Amlwch and attended civic events including the Beaumaris Mayoral Sunday.