Chris Elmore

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Chris Elmore

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Member of Parliament
for Ogmore
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded byHuw Irranca-Davies
Majority13,871 (37.3%)
Personal details
Christopher Philip James

(1983-12-23) 23 December 1983 (age 35)
Newport, Wales, UK
Political partyWelsh Labour
Alma materCardiff Metropolitan University

Christopher Philip James Elmore (born 23 December 1983) is a Welsh Labour Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ogmore since 2016.

Early life and career[edit]

Elmore was born in Newport, Wales. Living in Brynmawr until he was seven, he now lives with his partner in Pencoed.[1]

He started his working life as a trainee butcher and later attended Cardiff Metropolitan University completing a degree in History and Culture in 2005. Elmore then worked in a number of professions including Further education.[2]

In 2008, Elmore was elected as a Councillor for Casteland in the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Later he was appointed as a cabinet member for children’s services and schools.[3]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Elmore unsuccessfully contested the seat of Vale of Glamorgan in the 2015 United Kingdom general election before being selected as the Labour candidate in the 2016 Ogmore by-election,[4] which was held on 5 May 2016.

In June 2016, Elmore was joined the Justice Select Committee before also joining the Welsh Affairs Select Committee in July.[5] In October 2016, he was appointed to the frontbench position of Opposition whip.[6]

Youth affairs[edit]

Since his election, Chris has particularly focused on issues that impact young people, often speaking in parliament and elsewhere on the subject.[7] Youth engagement is an issue on which Elmore previously campaigned as a councillor.[8]

Rail Policy[edit]

In 2017, Chris was elected as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rail in Wales.[9] Chris has been a vocal opponent of the Government's decision to cancel the planned electrification of the Great Western Mainline. In addition, he has also campaigned on issues including passenger safety.[10]


  1. ^ Elmore, Chris. "Home page". Chris Elmore. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  2. ^ Shipton, Martin. "Labour select candidate for Ogmore's Parliamentary by-election". walesonline. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Chris Elmore". Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. ^ Ogmore by-election, 2016,; accessed 17 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Chris Elmore MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Corbyn confirms whips office shake-up as frontbench appointments continue". Labour's biggest independent grassroots e-network. 18 October 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  7. ^ How do we engage more young people in their communities,; accessed 2 December 2016.
  8. ^ Chris Elmore profile,; accessed 2 December 2016.
  9. ^ Elmore, Chris (18 September 2017). "Chris Elmore MP becomes Chair of cross party group fighting for Welsh rail investment". Chris Elmore. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  10. ^ Elmore, Chris (25 August 2017). "Chris Elmore: We've been DUPed by the Tories out of key rail infrastructure". Labour List. Retrieved 11 October 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Huw Irranca-Davies
Member of Parliament
for Ogmore