VALE COUNCIL’S EDUCATION CHIEF TO TRY AGAIN FOR WESTMINSTER

Vale Cllr Chris Elmore (Labour Castleland) - 'cabient member for schools and children's services is to try again to get into the UK Parliament

Vale Cllr Chris Elmore (Labour Castleland) – ‘cabinet’ member for schools and children’s services –  is to try again to get into the UK Parliament – this time in the Ogmore constituency.

Cllr Chris Elmore (Labour, Castleland Ward, Barry) – who is the ‘cabinet’ member responsible for schools on the Vale of Glamorgan Council –  is to  make another bid to become an MP after being nominated as the Labour candidate for the Ogmore parliamentary by-election.

Cllr Chris Elmore gives his nomination acceptance speech. He now wears a beard.

Cllr Chris Elmore gives his nomination acceptance speech. He now wears a beard.

As the Vale Council’s ‘cabinet’ member for children’s services and schools in the Vale of Glamorgan Council Cllr Elmore (32) has direct oversight of all schools in Penarth.

He came in for a welter of criticism in 2013 after Albert Road Primary School in Penarth had to be temporarily closed when rainwater from leaking roofs caused plaster to fall from school ceilings.

The school governors had pleaded with the council to  get the problem fixed.  Nothing was done until the building became unsafe and had to be temporarily closed.

Emergency scaffolding erected to "patch-up"  Albert Road's faulty ceilings

Emergency scaffolding erected to “patch-up” Albert Road’s faulty ceilings

Albert Road’s problems  were reported on  http://tinyurl.com/hsjw885.

Other local schools where there are problems include Cogan Nursery School (http://tinyurl.com/gm4xzl4) and Ysgol Y Deri  (http://tinyurl.com/znvzur2) and  (http://tinyurl.com/h2dtvst) .

The Ogmore parliamentary by-election occurs because of the retirement of current Labour MP Huw Irranca Davies, who is stepping down to stand for election as an Assembly Member at the Welsh Assembly elections. Davies held the seat with a majority of 13,000.

This bid for a Westminster seat follows Cllr Elmore’s unsuccessful attempt to win the Vale of Glamorgan parliamentary seat in the May 2015 election – a seat which was held by the incumbent Conservative MP Alun Cairns with  an increased majority.

The Ogmore by-election will probably take place in May.

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