Press Releases - 2013
Local MP backs Explore Your Archive campaign launched at Houses Of Parliament (03/12/2013)
The biggest public awareness campaign ever undertaken by the archives sector – EXPLORE YOUR ARCHIVE – was launched recently in the Houses of Parliament.
MP calls for better health checks for Children and Adults with Down’s Syndrome (03/12/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis recently chaired a meeting in Parliament which discussed better health service support for children and adults with Down’s Syndrome.
MP Adds Voice to Support for Visteon Pensioners (28/11/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis and other Members of Parliament from the All Party Parliamentary Group supporting Visteon pensioners have this week written to Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company, urging his attention to a letter that they sent him in March 2013 - which so far has been ignored.
Aberavon MP backs new Parliamentary Magistracy Group (27/11/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis, has agreed to be a founding member of a new Parliamentary Group.
MP Says Amazon has Duty of Care (26/11/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis this week met with senior representatives of Amazon to discuss their engagement in the communities surrounding the company’s fulfillment centre in Crymlyn Burrows and the well being of its employees, many of whom are his constituents.
Aberavon MP to stand down in 2015 (22/11/2013)
Dr Hywel Francis has announced that he will not seek re-election as the Member of Parliament for Aberavon at the 2015 General Election.
MP welcomes delay in Neath Port Talbot Magistrates court decision (21/11/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed the delay in the decision to close the Neath Port Talbot Magistrates Court.
MP calls on Amazon to engage more with local communities (20/11/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has issued a statement calling on the international company Amazon, which is based in his constituency at Crymlyn Burrows, to step up its engagement with the local communities and tie wider region.
MP Congratulates Prize Winning Pupil (31/10/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has congratulated Year 10 Glan Afan pupil Carys Johns on winning a prize in the NASUWT arts competition ‘Arts and Minds’.
MPs Honour Chartists (30/10/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has led a successful campaign to recognize the Chartists in Parliament.
MP and AM Welcome former Remploy Team Business Launch (28/10/2013)
Aberavon MP Hywel Francis and AM David Rees have warmly welcomed the launch of a new business by former Baglan Remploy disabled employees.
Keep Justice Local say AM and MP (28/10/2013)
Aberavon AM David Rees and MP Hywel Francis have urged the safeguarding of local justice for local communities by preserving a local Magistrates Court in Neath Port Talbot.
MP and AM Keep up Fight for Remploy Workers at Baglan (23/09/2013)
Hywel Francis MP and David Rees AM, both representing the Aberavon Constituency, are continuing their fight to seek new and sustainable jobs for disabled workers who once worked for Remploy at Baglan.
New University Role for Local MP (06/09/2013)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis, has announced that he is taking up a new honorary role at Swansea University.
MP welcomes Commons anti-war vote (30/08/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed the Commons vote against military action over Syria.
Parliament must decide says Aberavon MP (29/08/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed the decision to recall Parliament to discuss the Syrian crisis and urges the need to ‘give peace a chance’.
MP deplores tragic Remploy decision (29/08/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has deplored the Government decision to close the Remploy plant at Baglan but intends speaking with the Disability Minister today.
Aberavon MP congratulates local pupils (22/08/2013)
Following the announcement of the GCSE results Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis said ‘As the Member of Parliament for Aberavon I would like to warmly congratulate local pupils on their achievements at GCSE level this week and also those who gained their A levels earlier in the month.
Aberavon AM and MP Keep Faith with Remploy (19/07/2013)
Aberavon AM David Rees and MP Hywel Francis continue to back Remploy disabled workers at their Baglan plant despite the withdrawal of the preferred bidder, Mettaliform.
Aberavon MP elected as chair of disability group (16/07/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has this week been elected chair of an important disability group in Parliament.
Parliament honours Chartists (16/07/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has chaired a ceremony in Parliament with Commons Speaker John Bercow which celebrated the Chartist Movement.
AM and MP welcome Port Talbot Rail station news (11/07/2013)
Aberavon’s AM David Rees and MP Hywel Francis have welcomed the news from the Welsh Government regarding Port Talbot Rail Station improvement.
Dr Hywel Francis MP calls on local people to defend and celebrate the NHS as
it turns 65 (02/07/2013)
To mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, Hywel Francis, MP for Aberavon, has called on local people to celebrate this incredible institution and ensure it is strengthened for future generations.
Local Doctor honoured in Parliament (02/07/2013)
Dr Julian Tudor Hart has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony recently in Parliament to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the National Health Service.
Local MP backs people persecuted for their beliefs (01/07/2013)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis has joined with more than 100 faith leaders and the Humanist Association along with Parliamentarians to fight for people who are persecuted because of their religion or beliefs.
MP welcomes British-Indian business link (01/07/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has attended a Parliamentary meeting which improves trade and investment links between Britain and India.
MP condemns new cuts (26/06/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has condemned the £11.5 billion cuts announced by the Chancellor George Osborne in his Spending Review.
Rare Welsh Photo in Parliamentary Exhibition (26/06/2013)
A rare photograph of Chartist leader John Frost has been loaned by Swansea University for an important historical exhibition in Parliament.
MP praises local cinema (25/06/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis recently praised the quality services provided by a local cinema, the Reel (formerly Apollo) Cinema on the Aberavon Seafront.
University students meet MP in Parliament (25/06/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis recently met a group of part-time students from South West Wales during their visit to Parliament.
Aberavon MP and AM visit Science and Innovation campus site (14/06/2013)
Swansea University has welcomed Dr Hywel Francis MP and Mr David Rees AM to the site of the new Science and Innovation Campus.
MP Welcomes Appalachia-Wales Film ‘After Coal’ (10/06/2013)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis, has welcomed the making of a film which tells the story of how valley communities have adapted themselves after the end of the coal industry in their valleys.
MP and AM Hopeful on Remploy (07/06/2013)
Aberavon’s MP, Hywel Francis, and AM, David Rees, today visited the Remploy plant at Baglan in their Constituency.
MP and AM urge safeguarding of Baglan Remploy Site (04/06/2013)
Aberavon’s MP, Dr Hywel Francis, and AM, David Rees, have issued the following statement on securing the future of Remploy at Baglan.
MP Predicts Bright Future for Remploy (03/05/2013)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis, has recently visited Remploy at Baglan to discuss future developments.
Dr Hywel Francis MP meets survivors of genocide at launch of theme for Holocaust
Memorial Day 2014
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated each year on 27 January – the liberation of the Auschwitz death and concentration camp. HMD provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides (in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur) and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future.
Aberavon MP Backs Postal Workers’ Strike (28/03/2013)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis, is supporting postal workers in their strike action on Saturday against the closure of the Crown Post Office in Port Talbot.
Dr Hywel Francis MP supports families campaign (19/03/2013)
Dr Hywel Francis MP for Aberavon together with USDAW, the shopworkers’ union, in the House of Commons called on the Coalition Government to help family incomes by not cutting tax credits and other benefits.
Dr Hywel Francis MP meets with the Royal British Legion (19/03/2013)
Dr Hywel Francis Labour MP for Aberavon has attended a Royal British Legion event in Parliament dedicated to seeing some of the Legion’s work in his constituency.
MP backs Visteon Pensioners (13/03/2013)
Aberavon MP has today given his backing to Visteon pensioners in his constituency and throughout the country.
MP Welcomes Afan Lido Report (15/02/2013)
I congratulate the Task and Finish Group and the whole Council on their clear recommendations for the rebuilding of the Afan Lido.
MP welcomes re-start of No 4 Blast furnace (12/02/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed the re-start of the Number 4 Blast furnace at Tata Steel’s Port Talbot plant.
MP welcomes new Health Chair (11/02/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed Professor Andrew Davies as the new chair of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
MP backs Burton 10k Race (06/02/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has given his full backing to the continuation of the Richard Burton 10k Race.
Port Talbot MP welcomes Minister’s Steel plant visit (25/01/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed this week’s visit of the Secretary of State for Wales to Tata Steel plant at Port Talbot this week.
Aberavon MP stands up to prejudice by signing Holocaust Memorial Day Book of
This week Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons and pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust.
MP scrutinises Barrage Proposals (10/01/2013)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis is examining closely the case for and against the Severn Barrage as it directly affects his constituency.