Friday, October 05, 2007

New website

I am in the process of launching my new website -

From now on all of my news, updates and details of how to get in touch will be available on the new site.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Bridgend YMCA to get £970k Assembly Government funding for new building

The YMCA in Bridgend is set to undergo a multi-million pound redevelopment of its facilities thanks, in part, to funding provided by the Welsh Assembly Government.

An Assembly grant of £970,000 has helped to give the organisation a budget of £3.2 million towards a complete reconstruction of its building in Angel Street. The new centre, when finished, will provide accommodation for 17 homeless young people, a theatre, dance studio, gymnasium, crèche and day care nursery, meeting rooms, business units for budding entrepreneurs and 70 space car park.

Carwyn Jones, Assembly Member for Bridgend, welcomed the news,

“This new investment will enable the YMCA to develop its amenities for young people in Bridgend.”

“It is important that we continue to support organisations such as the YMCA as they play a vital role in the provision of key youth services in the town. The funding will go a long way to helping them create a sustainable, long term base for their activities.”

“I am pleased that the Welsh Assembly Government is continuing to empower local communities by investing in landmark projects like this.”

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Monday, August 20, 2007

AMs join forces to fight Remploy closure plans

Two of Bridgend’s leading Labour politicians have united to help workers campaigning to prevent the closure of the Remploy factory at Waterton Industrial Estate in the town.

Assembly Members, Carwyn Jones and Janice Gregory have issued a call for management at the company to think again in a strongly worded letter to the company’s Chief Executive, following meetings with staff at the plant and with Remploy Company Secretary, Guy Phillips.

Carwyn Jones AM (Bridgend) said,

"The Bridgend plant makes components for the automotive industry and still has its major contract in place. There is no question of the plant running short of work and it appears that some of the Remploy factories being kept open in other parts of the country are less viable than Bridgend."

"It provides a valuable training facility, with education taking place in situ, which would be difficult to replicate elsewhere."

Janice Gregory AM (Ogmore) added,

"There are no guarantees that appropriate alternative employment will be available in the area for Remploy employees should the closure be given the go ahead. Many of those that work there flourish at Remploy because of its sheltered nature. To place them outside of the company would cause them to lose the self-confidence that they have worked hard to achieve."

"We believe that the Remploy management need to look again at their modernisation plans. Meaningful engagement with the workers and their trade union representatives as part of an extended consultation period would be a good place to start the process of discussion from."

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Take a break: Labour boost for carers in Bridgend

EXTRA support is on its way for disabled children and their families thanks to Welsh Labour.
£1.54m funding will be provided to local authorities in Wales to develop more short break care support services to families.

Short break carers can provide regular support to disabled children, easing the pressure and strain on parents and families. Children can develop new skills, become more confident and make new friends.

Bridgend Labour AM Carwyn Jones said:

‘’This Labour led Assembly Government is delivering on its promise to provide more help to the most vulnerable people in our local community and this extra care support will make a real difference in the lives for those families who really need it.

‘’Short breaks are one of the most frequently requested services by local families of disabled children because they can allow the whole family to live more normal and rewarding lives.

‘’I want to pay tribute to the hundreds of volunteer carers who unselfishly provide short term breaks for disabled children and their families.’’

Commenting on the extra money, the Deputy Minister for Social Services Gwenda Thomas said:

‘’Welsh Labour is committed to providing more care and support to disabled children and their families.

‘’Regular short breaks are a lifeline to some disabled children and their families. It allows the family to take time out to recharge their batteries and for the disabled child to have some fun.’’

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Fairtrade picnic - Porthcawl - 30-06-07

Local organisation SUSSED are organising a Big Fairtrade Picnic in Porthcawl at 12.30 on the Village Green opposite the Atlantic Hotel.

They are asking people to bring along their own rugs and food - including at least one Fairtrade item. A stall selling Fairtrade food will be there if you need to buy Fairtrade items on the day.

For more information, please visit this website:

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Advice Sessions - Friday, 1st June 2007

I will be holding advice surgeries on Friday, 01 June 2007 at

Community Hall, Pendre 4.00—4.30pm
Gilead Chapel Hall, Coity 4.45—5.15pm
Community Hall, Brackla 5.30—6.00pm
Memorial Hall, Coychurch 6.15—6.45pm

If you have any issues of concern that you would like to discuss with me then please come along.

No appointment necessary.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007


I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in last week’s Assembly Elections and all those who kindly offered me their support and help during the campaign itself.

It is a great honour to have been re-elected as the Assembly Member for Bridgend and to have been given the opportunity to continue to represent local people in Cardiff Bay.

I pledge to speak up on behalf of all of my constituents, irrespective of their political allegiances, over the next four years and to work hard to get the very best for Bridgend.

Once again, thank you to all those who have put their trust in me to represent you in the Assembly.

Bridgend Constituency Election Result:

Carwyn Jones (LAB) 9,889 (40.3%)
Emma Greenow (CON) 7,333 (29.9%)
Paul Warren (LIB DEM) 3,730 (15.2%)
Nick Thomas (PC) 3,600 (14.7%)

Turnout: 41.2%
Majority: 2,556