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Aberavon Labour thanks Francis

The Aberavon MP, Hywel Francis, has decided to stand down at the next general election. He's held the seat since 2001.

The Aberavon Constituency have thanked him for his hard work:

Hywel has been a powerful and passionate advocate for Aberavon since his election as our MP back in 2001. He has made a huge contribution and worked tirelessly to support thousands of constituents as well as hundreds of local organisations.”

– Councillor Anthony Taylor

He's campaigned on many issues, including the new Swansea University Science & Innovation Campus which is set to open in 2015.

Aberavon MP to stand down in 2015

Dr Hywel Francis has announced that he will not seek re-election as the MP for Aberavon in the 2015 General Election.

Having served the constituency since 2001, Dr Francis said:

It has been a great privilege to be the local Member of Parliament and to serve the constituents of Aberavon.

There have been many great challenges facing us since 2001 – and none no more than today as we face the Conservative-Liberal Democratic Coalition Government with its austerity programme. But I am hopeful for the future, with an expected Labour victory in 2015.

I wish to thank the electors of Aberavon, the Aberavon Constituency Labour Party, my staff and my family for their support.

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MPs to seek meeting with PM over steel job losses

Aberavon MP Hywel Francis says he's had cross-party backing from other MPs from steel-making areas to push for a meeting with the Prime Minister. It follows last week's news that Tata steel is to cut more than 500 jobs at its Welsh plants.

The cuts would mostly affect Tata's Port Talbot plant which is in Hywel Francis' constituency. He says he and other MPs will push for an urgent meeting with David Cameron.

I was pleased the meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel

today agreed unanimously to call for an urgent meeting with the Prime

Minister to discuss problems facing the steel industry, particularly the high

energy costs it faces.

A meeting has already been agreed with the Welsh Secretary of State,

David Jones who has also agreed to visit the steelworks at Port Talbot. The

Secretary of State will meet with MPs representing steel constituencies across Wales.

– Hywel Francis MP

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