Lon­don beat Jobs and trans­port on my agenda – and more Brexit

Bangor Mail - - Your Community - With An­gle­sey MP Al­bert Owen

ISTARTED the week meet­ing with trans­port unions to dis­cuss in­te­grated trans­port mat­ters.

The RMT reps briefed me on a wide range of ship­ping and train-re­lated mat­ters which I will raise with the ap­pro­pri­ate gov­ern­ment min­is­ters.

As a gate­way to Wales the lo­cal trans­port in­fra­struc­ture links the ports and prin­ci­pal cities.

It is vi­tal we get the sup­port we de­serve and that qual­ity ser­vices and jobs are re­tained and cre­ated.

In Lon­don I met up with REHAU plas­tics se­nior man­age­ment, this is part of my on­go­ing di­a­logue of re­tain­ing jobs and pro­duc­tion at the Amlwch site and fol­lows the del­e­ga­tion meet­ing I held in Lon­don a short time ago.

In White­hall, I joined North Wales MPs again to press for the availabili­ty and ac­cel­er­a­tion of the North Wales Growth Deal

projects. There are a num­ber of in­no­va­tive lo­cal projects and there needs to be greater con­cen­tra­tion on de­liv­ery– we need spades in the ground now.

As chair of the Welsh Par­lia­men­tary Party I hosted our Welsh party leader and min­is­ters to our group meet­ing and we dis­cussed the Welsh di­men­sion to Brexit and both As­sem­bly and par­lia­men­tary busi­ness.

As a firm de­vo­lu­tion­ist I value the joint work­ing with col­leagues from the Bay.

My com­mit­tee work was on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, a vi­tal com­po­nent on emis­sions.

On the theme of low car­bon en­ergy I was dis­ap­pointed not to join First Min­is­ter Mark Drake­ford on the Is­land due to ex­tra sit­ting days in Par­lia­ment.

I ar­ranged for the First Min­is­ter to meet ma­rine en­ergy de­vel­op­ers, Ban­gor Univer­sity and visit strate­gic en­ergy lo­ca­tions, in ad­di­tion a photo op­por­tu­nity at the iconic South Stack to boost our lo­cal tourism ahead of the Easter hols.

I thank my team for step­ping into the breach while on ex­tra Brexit du­ties.

In the House I voted in the in­dica­tive votes, against a no deal Brexit and for forms of cus­toms unions/free mar­ket ac­cess, in line with my pledge in 2017.

In ad­di­tion I voted for a con­fir­ma­tory pub­lic vote and against the PM’s deal; a grow­ing num­ber of con­stituents are urg­ing me to do so. re­duc­ing car­bon

● Holy­head port

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