Press Releases

Press Releases - 2011


MP to speak on Human Rights (07/12/2011)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis will speak this Friday at Ystradgynlais Miners’ Welfare Hall on Human Rights. The event begins at 6.45 pm and will include the showing of the film Invictus.


MP backs Carers' Rights Day (29/11/2011)
The Vice-President of Carers UK, Aberavon MP, Hywel Francis MP will be speaking in Port Talbot this Friday 2nd December on the need for greater financial support for carers and greater effort to get more carers to be aware of their rights to a carers’ assessment.

MP backs public sector workers' strike (29/11/2011)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis is supporting striking public sector workers on 30th November in defence of their pensions.

MP to celebrate with Remploy the International Day for the Disabled (17/11/2011)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis will be attending the Remploy site at the Baglan Energy Park to celebrate the International Day for the Disabled on 1st December.

MP backs Remploy Petition at No. 10 (07/11/2011)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis today was present at the handing over of a petition at Number 10 Downing Street in support of Remploy factories throughout the country.

Welsh Lions remembered at Sports Lunch (07/11/2011)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis presented an historic photograph to British Lions star Derek Quinnell at an Aberavon Sportsmen’s Inaugural Launch recently.

MP honours father on centenary (07/11/2011)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis will be marking the centenary of his father’s birth with a presentation to the South Wales Miners’ Museum. Dr Francis’ father was the leader of the South Wales Miners union in the 1960s and 1970s and the first chairman of the Wales TUC.

MP backs Legal Aid Campaign (02/11/2011)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has said that many of his constituents and many local organisations have urged that the Government should not cut legal aid through its new proposed legislation.

MP backs Remploy Petition (02/11/2011)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis who is part of the campaign to save Remploy factories which employ disabled workers will the supporting of the delivery of a petition to 10 Downing Street on Monday.


MPs back Welsh rugby team (12/10/2011)
MPs from all Welsh political parties have backed the Welsh team in the Rugby World Cup by signing a Parliamentary Early Day Motion put down by Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis.

Big turn-out for Burton Lecture (03/10/2011)
The first ever annual lecture in Port Talbot in memory of Richard Burton is expected to have a big turn-out according to joint organiser local MP Hywel Francis. It will take place this Tuesday night, October 4th.


MP Welcomes Burton Lecture to Port Talbot (08/09/2011)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed the new Richard Burton Annual Lecture to be given next month in Port Talbot.


MP welcomes News Corp withdrawing the BSkyB bid (13/07/2011)
Dr Hywel Francis, Labour MP for Aberavon has welcomed the news that News Corp has withdrawn their bid of BSkyB.

MP attacks Disability cuts in Aberavon (06/07/2011)
Dr Hywel Francis, Labour MP for Aberavon has hit out at the Tory-led Government’s cuts which will harm disabled people in Aberavon.


Port Talbot Police Station to Remain Open Say MP and AM (27/06/2011)
Aberavon’s MP Hywel Francis and AM David Rees have, following a high-level meeting with Chief Superintendent Mark Mathias, received a reassurance that Port Talbot Police Station will not close.

Action on Hearing (20/06/2011)
MP for Aberavon, Dr Hywel Francis, is backing a campaign by Action on Hearing Loss (Cymru) - formerly RNID Cymru - urging Aberavon residents to check their hearing.

Windfarm opposition widens to the valleys (17/06/2011)
Aberavon’s MP, Hywel Francis and AM, David Rees have welcomed First Minister, Carwyn Jones’ opposition to the growth of windfarms in rural areas and have urged this to be extended to valley areas.

MP hails new Burton Trail (12/06/2011)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis, who has been a prime mover in achieving greater recognition for the great Welsh actor, Richard Burton, has warmly welcomed the launch of the Richard Burton Trail at Pontrhydyfen which highlights places associated with his life.


Richard Burton is celebrated (18/05/2011)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has made a statement outlining what has been achieved to commemorate Richard Burton’s life.

AM and MP back Plaza (09/05/2011)
Aberavon’s new AM, David Rees and its longstanding Member of Parliament, Hywel Francis have thrown their weight behind the Port Talbot Plaza Campaign.

Aberavon MP Says Steel firms face threat from Unfair Carbon Tax (06/05/2011)
Aberavon MP Hywel Francis has taken part in a delegation of MPs from Wales and Yorkshire together with representatives of UK Steel and the steel union, Community.


MP welcomes steel boost (26/04/2011)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed the Tata announcement today of £53 million investment in the Port Talbot works BOS plant.

MP Hails Passion World Success (26/04/2011)
Aberavon MP Hywel Francis has hailed ‘The Passion’ staring Port Talbot actor Michael Sheen a success of global significance.


MP Welcomes new rail station (21/03/2011)
Aberavon MP, Dr Hywel Francis has warmly welcomed the news that plans for the new Port Talbot rail station are about to be unveiled.

Hospital Denial (14/03/2011)
Aberavon AM Dr Brian Gibbons and Hywel Francis MP have today expressed their outrage at the totally baseless lies being pedalled about Neath Port Talbot hospital by the Tories in Aberavon.

Rail Electrification Disappointment (01/03/2011)
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has expressed his disappointment that rail electrification of the Great Western Main Line has been denied to his constituency of Port Talbot and onto Swansea.


Wider backing for new campus says local MP (10/02/2011)
Dr Hywel Francis MP has welcomed the growing support for the proposed second Swansea University campus to be located at Crymlyn Burrows in his constituency of Aberavon.


MP welcomes the Innovation Campus in Crymlyn Burrows (27/01/2011)
The decision on the Welsh Assembly Government to back, in principle, the Innovation Campus earmarked for Crymlyn Burrows has been welcomed by Aberavon’s AM and MP, Dr Brian Gibbons and Dr Hywel Francis.

Dr Hywel Francis MP honours the ‘Untold Stories’ of the Holocaust by signing Book of Commitment (25/01/2011)
Aberavon’s Labour MP, Dr Hywel Francis pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to honour those who perished in the Holocaust and marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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