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Chris Elmore

Chris Elmore

Official portrait of Chris Elmore crop 2.jpg
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

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

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

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

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