‘Idealism of youth should be treasured and respected’ were the wise words of our witness to our Business & Energy Select Committee this week. The subject was Clean Growth Strategy – Net Zero. The witness was the respected broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough. Few people can be credited with putting the issue of the fragility of our planet and the destruction by humans on top of our agenda today than Sir David.Read More
Pleasure to join ex-seafarers from across Anglesey, north Wales and Liverpool/Merseyside who had sailed in the Blue Funnel Line known as the ‘Welsh Navy’.Read More
Proud to get on board with the campaign to diagnose cancer last week, as Cancer Research UK’s Cancer Awareness roadshow made a special stop at Parliament.Read More
I recently met with Macmillan Cancer Support to discuss their new report on the financial impact of cancer entitled ‘Cancer - A Costly Diagnosis?’
The report focused on people’s individual experiences of the financial impact of cancer and highlights three particular policy areas; the implementation of Universal Credit, the support banks and building societies give people living with cancer and the cost of travel insurance.Read More
As part of a busy constituency Friday, I popped into the Portrait and Prosecco photographic exhibition at the Mencap Môn Hub in Llangefni. I was hugely impressed by the enthusiasm of the attendees of the event and the content of the exhibition. The Mencap Môn Hub is an excellent venue which the whole community can be proud of and where friendships flourish.Read More
Congratulations to all involved in last Friday’s Dementia Friendly Holyhead event at the Gwelfor Community Centre. Veronica and the team managed to raise an impressive £126.11 selling their delicious cupcakes.
Also great to visit the Men’s Shed Group Project and attend the defibrillator training session held by Andrew Blankely.
This week we welcome our friends from Islands across the world to Anglesey as we host the Inter-Island Games Football 2019 tournament. We kick of with our women’s and men’s teams taking on the Western Isles. A big thanks to all the organisers and the sponsors Huws Gray.
Come along and support this friendship games and see Ynys Môn come together as one team playing fellow Islanders. This follows the recent successful Gymnastics Island Games tournament and is a prequel to our bid for the full Inter-Island Games 2025 bid.Read More
Responding to the BBC’s announcement on TV Licences for the over 75s, Albert Owen MP, Member of Parliament for Ynys Môn, said:Read More
The 75th D-Day anniversary reminded us once again of the gratitude we owe our armed services and especially those who fought for our freedom in World War Two. As the Queen stated that generation, which included my father, were very resilient and did their duty with honour and I pay tribute to them all. I also pay tribute to the merchant seafarers and civilians who paid a key role in the D-Day landings.
The Island’s maritime tradition is very strong and it’s history well presented by organisations such as the Holyhead Maritime Museum, which I am proud to be a patron of. This volunteer organisation like many others across the Island enrich our communities in so many ways. Currently they are honouring the legacy of its former stalwart and much missed local historian and communitarian the late John Cave MBE and setting up a number of events to raise money for a bursary in his name for young people.
There is also a legacy group to John, set up to display his fantastic collection of photos, artefacts and documents, collected over decades, that portray our rich social history. These worthwhile community projects are developing and this week I attended events and meetings organised by them and involve many local community organisation.
I also joined Cancer Research fund raisers and thank these volunteers for their excellent work in raising extra money to combat this disease that touches so many people and their families. A big thanks to the generous public too.
Parliament is dominated by the forthcoming Tory party leadership contest that will also decide our next Prime Minister. Since the 2017 general election, and after losing her parliamentary majority and Brexit mandate, the current PM has failed to unite Parliament or even win over hardliners in her own party. She did a deal with the DUP, to keep her party in government but failed to hold it together and is paying the price of that poor judgement. In a Parliament with no majority she should have reached out and built a consensus on not just Brexit but also other pressing matters.Read More
I took the opportunity during the Whitsun recess to get out and about across the diverse communities of Anglesey. Local enterprises provide social, economic and cultural hubs for local residents and visitors alike. My visits to support local campaigns and local projects included Canolfan Beaumaris, a great not-for-profit venture, as is the station / café at Llanerchymedd and Caffi Siop Mechell. These are bottom-up partnerships; local people and organisations / councils all working together to provide local amenities. They are shaping our Island. I support them and very many like them, and will continue to work with them in a positive way to raise the potential of community hubs and enhance the quality of life in our local communities.
I was proud to join hundreds of people in celebrating our Armed Forces at a special day in Holyhead when the Royal Navy submarine service was given the Freedom of the County of Anglesey and other services paraded through the town. The occasion also marked the 80th Anniversary of the loss of HMS Thetis, reminding us of the perils of the sea and the dangers our armed forces face daily. Anglesey has a proud tradition of service in all branches of the armed forces and volunteer organisations. I pay tribute to them all and our excellent British Legion.
The European election was a lesson for the major parties. Labour took a hammering for a lack of clarity. The Brexit Party took from the Tory and UKIP vote to top the polls in Wales / UK. Plaid Cymru took many remain votes in Wales increasing its share of the vote by 4%, as did the Lib Dems who saw a 10% rise in Wales and were second in England. Labour needs to learn lessons as it did when it lost to the Tories in 2009 and when Plaid Cymru came close to the top with 30% in 1999. Politics is complicated but people want clarity of message. The next challenge is how to break the deadlock on Brexit which is dividing our communities and country. More on this to follow in coming weeks.Read More
Linking the work I do in Parliament to the constituency remains central. In addition to the prominent issue like Brexit, I work with organisations, community groups, businesses, unions, charities and individuals across a wide range of issues.
This is done through committees, All Party Groups (APPGs). This week included cancer awareness, therapy dogs, meeting Scottish Power on energy matters; the Royal British Legion. I also led an inquiry into the post office network, which is in decline and this is compounded by Bank closures which can lead to financial exclusion.
When I visit our towns and villages, after ten years of prolonged austerity and cuts, we are seeing real decline. Our High Streets remain important social and business hubs. We need to help our local businesses and restore the services and pride we have lost or at risk. I am meeting local groups and lobbying the County Council and governments to re-build our communities to make them proud places to live and visit.
In Parliament, I have been working with others through all party groups to ensure we develop vibrant villages and town centres fit for the 21st Century, which put people and services first. In moving forward I welcome your comments and ideas. Contact me with your views.
A fine example of linking my local work with parliamentary duties, as one of the Vice-Chairs of the Cancer APPG, I recently visited the Cancer UK retail outlet in Holyhead and met staff, volunteers and those recovering patients. This is evidence that local efforts do make a difference. A big thank you to all our local communitarians.Read More
I recently met with The Royal British Legion’s Wales Area Manager, Antony Metcalfe, military veteran Chris Headon and representatives of the charity at an event in Parliament to discuss support for the Armed Forces community in Wales.
The Legion is the nation's biggest Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. From October 2017 to September 2018 the Legion in Wales; the Legion provided over £460,000 in grants to support members of the Armed Forces community and engaged with 9,100 people directly via its high street Pop in centres and community outreach. The Legion’s own handy van service also completed 2,247 jobs across Wales, helping people in their own homes to live independently and with the support they require.
In addition to this welfare work the Legion champions Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is well known for the annual Poppy Appeal, and its emblem the red poppy.
Antony Metcalfe the Legion’s area manager for Wales, said “I was delighted to see Albert Owen MP and we were grateful that he took the time to drop in. The Royal British Legion offers a range of welfare support all year round, to the whole Armed Forces community past and present. This event offered a great opportunity for us to spread the word about the range of services that we provide in Wales and for Albert to hear first-hand from a number for people who we’ve helped how we have supported them since they left the Forces. I look forward to working with Albert in the future to ensure the needs of our Armed Forces community are reflected in policies at all levels in Wales and the UK”.Read More