By Albert Owen MP
This week I joined the celebrations for the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. The RAF have been based at Valley for over 75 years and is an integral part of the Island’s community. In recent years I have had the honour and privilege of working with the RAF and civilians at the base. I am proud that Valley’s strategic importance has been recognised and over the last 15 years we have seen extra investment, keeping the base as a centre of excellence for fast jet training. Valley is also a major civilian employer and contributes to the local and regional economy as well as to the defence of our country.
The tragic accident that killed RAF Engineer Cpl Jonathan Bayliss and injured Flt Lt David Stark shows us the high risks and danger the RAF family face on a daily basis. At Prime Minister’s Questions I raised this and linked it to the amazing work and dedicated service that the RAF has given over the last century.
I also participated in the Welsh Affairs debate and put the case for Anglesey to be at the forefront of low-carbon technology. New nuclear, renewable marine energy and other technologies are key to our future. I want the Island to be a centre of excellence for energy and I am working with local, Welsh and UK Governments so that the Island is key to the North Wales Growth Deal, bringing jobs and skills to the region.
I welcome the investment of the Welsh Government into the new Science Park and the School of Ocean Sciences. These two facilities show that the local community can host top research and development to match our low-carbon generation potential.
In the constituency I have held meetings and advice surgeries across the Island and have campaigned with others on local and national issues.
I extend Easter greetings to all residents of Ynys Môn.