A Week in Westminster
By Albert Owen MP, July 2017
The end of term feel in Parliament allows us to meet with more constituents. This week I met a number of groups and was delighted to meet Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones students and staff. They used the Educational Services of Parliament to have an official tour of the Houses of Parliament and then I met up with them for a chat and a debate in a committee room. As 17 year old they may not have a vote, but they do have a voice. I intend to facilitate their voices and that is why I will be setting up a Youth Forum to listen to their ideas in shaping the Island’s future, this is not to replicate the youth services and groups that already exist. During the June election I made a pledge to set up Youth and Brexit forums so that the voices of local residents are heard going forward. I will update constituents on progress on both over the coming months.
In Parliament I was also elected as Vice Chair of two All-Party Groups, one on the Visitor Economy and the other on Industrial Heritage. The work of these groups are relevant to the Island’s future. Tourism is still growing on the Island and many visitors want to enjoy out heritage as well as our natural environment, food and leisure facilities.
As I head back to the constituency I have a full weekend that includes visits, meetings and advice surgeries in Llangefni as well as officiating at the re-opening of Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water’s Alaw and Cefni reservoirs after major works. This not-for-profit organisation invests its profits into practical upgrades, not as dividends for shareholders.
I look forward to events this summer – The National Eisteddfod, the County Show and numerous local shows and events across the Island. Each have their own unique brand, a guaranteed welcome and a boost for the Island’s economic, social and cultural wellbeing.