Stephen Crabb is MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire

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Stephen Crabb is MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire and a member of the Conservative party.

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Families are seeing their social security payments cut back by overly burdensome debt repayments. Some thoughts on how the cost of living crisis has highlighted the need for a change in approach by DWP. https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/fairer-government-debt-collection-will-help-low-income-families

Strong statement by G7 leaders on energy security, recognising importance of Liquefied Natural Gas supplies & need for investment. UK well-placed with domestic supply & LNG infrastructure, but clear strategy needed on role of gas in the energy mix over next few years.

We currently have more job vacancies than jobseekers. But also 8.5 million people who are economically inactive. Includes many who want to work and who have worked in recent past. Helping more of this group back into the labour market must be priority. My Q to Treasury today

Sobering call from 3 of Europe’s top energy bosses for customers to cut back consumption ahead of this winter. Targeted at France/EU. UK supply in a better place thanks to North Sea & LNG. But our gas prices will feel the effect of pressures elsewhere. https://www.lejdd.fr/Societe/tribune-nous-devons-collectivement-agir-sur-la-demande-en-energie-4119737

Good to join with @Pembrokeshire today to help share with local people & businesses the plans for improving Haverfordwest Town Centre, following our successful bid to the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

A privilege to hear Holocaust survivor, Mala Tribich MBE speak with huge depth and grace about her experiences as a girl, surviving Nazi deportation and being liberated from Bergen Belsen camp. Thank you to @HolocaustUK & APPG for Holocaust Memorial

Great to officially break the ground at Dragon LNG’s solar power project today. @DragonLng plays an important role in ensuring security of UK gas supply, and contributing to the vision for a low carbon energy future at the Port of Milford Haven.

Great to welcome #FBYoungLeaders @francobritish to Parliament today. A fruitful Q&A discussion about bilateral relations, and the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for France. 🇬🇧 🇫🇷

Enjoyed speaking at the Milford Haven Waterway Future Energy Cluster with local MPs @SCrabbPembs and @Simonhartmp in Parliament today.

So much exciting potential in Pembrokeshire and Milford Haven for current & future energy, including floating offshore wind.

Milford Haven is one of the UK’s most important energy ports: oil, LNG, marine renewables. Great to welcome the whole sector to Parliament today. Thanks to Ministers @Greghands @simonhartmp for coming along to share in the vision for new low carbon investment. #futurehavenenergy

Thank you to everyone at the Hamad Bin Khalifa Islamic Centre in Milford Haven for the warm welcome today. A pleasure to meet you all and to hear about your work in Pembrokeshire.

Always good to meet the team at ⁦@SouthHookLNG⁩ . The LNG import terminals at the Port of Milford Haven continue to play a vital role in strengthening UK energy security at this time.

Over a year a typical energy bill'll rise £1,500/yr. New help today (need to see t&cs)

-Low income homes w/disabilities £1,100
-Low income homes £950
-Pensioner homes £700
-All homes £400
Plus £150 council tax for band A-D.

Initially seems bigger than I expected. Glad to see

Strong and targeted £15bn #costofliving package from the Chancellor today. Simple and direct action to support those on lowest incomes facing soaring energy & food prices. Plus important confirmation of full social security uprating next year.

More than 700 fabulous entries from Pembrokeshire primary school children to my Platinum Jubilee art competition - “Draw the Queen”. Making my office very colourful right now. Thank you to all the teachers & children who took part. Winner to be announced tomorrow #PlatinumJubilee

On behalf of the All-Party Group for France, congratulations to @AmbColonna on your appointment as Foreign Minister in the French Government. Thank you for all your hard work since September 2019 on bilateral relations 🇫🇷 🇬🇧. Wishing you all the very best in your new role.

Cost of living - lots of support already in place but further Govt intervention will be necessary. Bringing forward Universal Credit/benefits uprating good place to start. My piece in @ConHome this morning: https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2022/05/stephen-crabb-the-government-must-show-it-remains-committed-to-helping-low-income-families.html

"Targeted action to help families keep their heads above water should be the priority right now.That inevitably means strengthening social security." @SCrabbPembs calls for autumn benefit uprating + Govt to stop taking debt repayments at unaffordable rates https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2022/05/stephen-crabb-the-government-must-show-it-remains-committed-to-helping-low-income-families.html

More job vacancies than unemployed currently. There’s a lot of employers out there trying to hire staff. Ministers are correct to highlight the strong labour market when discussing current economic circumstances, although other household support measures will be needed too.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) @ONS

There were 1.295 million job vacancies on average across February to April 2022, up from 1.261 million in the previous quarter.

➡️http://ow.ly/iNb350J9FkQ

Startling fact from Money Box's Paul Lewis this morning on R4...

...the 30 energy firms that have folded amid soaring gas prices have cost the taxpayer **£2.6 billion**

He says it raises questions about why Ofgem allowed so many inexperienced new firms to join the market

‘..nor is there some perfect constitutional clockwork version of how the Union should be.’
Pragmatic & thoughtful article by @BorisJohnson on Northern Ireland, recognising the complexity and uniqueness of NI.
https://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/comment/stormont-must-be-restored-so-politicians-can-deliver-for-the-people-of-ni-41652590.html

Good to see UK & Welsh Governments agree a Freeport plan for Wales. Well done @Simonhartmp getting this across the line. Hopefully it can support the growth in offshore wind and help South/West Wales ports capture full economic benefits of the new investment.

Good insight from ⁦@rbrharrison⁩ - ‘Something bigger will need to be in place before the next rise in the energy price cap this autumn, most likely including more support through Universal Credit for households on lower incomes.’ https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/cost-of-living-crisis-russia-ukraine-oil-energy-prices-b987283.html

Conservatives tend to emphasise work, good budgeting/housekeeping, strong families etc as defences against hardship. Problem right now for many people is that ticking all those boxes still doesn’t keep their heads above water. Government has done a lot but more is required

Good to see Government moving forward with its commitment to a Boycotts, Divestment & Sanctions Bill. No justification for public bodies trying to pursue their own divisive foreign policies against certain countries. #QueensSpeech

CFI welcomes the Government's commitment to fighting divisive BDS actions as detailed in today's Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament

As Israel marks its 74th Independence Day, our relationship is stronger than ever 🇬🇧🇮🇱

We stand together in enduring friendship as champions of freedom, democracy and the spirit of innovation.

#YomHaatzmaut

Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron on your re-election as President of France. France is one of our closest and most important allies. I look forward to continuing to work together on the issues which matter most to our two countries and to the world.

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Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron are way out in front as Europe’s leading political figures. Important for them to work together to strengthen the 🇬🇧 🇫🇷 bilateral relationship. Our shared interests in Defence, Trade, Tech, Borders require a deep Franco-British partnership.

Labour attempt to weaponise cost of living challenges is fact-checked. Misleading claims and dodgy figures don’t help the debate. https://fullfact.org/economy/labour-election-leaflets-2620-cost-of-living/

Fascinating Macron v Le Pen debate. Macron’s arguments altogether stronger than the shallow claims and promises of Le Pen. Winding down now with a discussion of secularism & extremism in France. Macron on course to be re-elected on Sunday.

Enjoying this Macron v Le Pen TV debate. Seated eyeball to eyeball, flowing discussion back and forth on French household incomes. Minimal intervention from moderators. Macron in command of detail . Moving on to Ukraine now.

To help with the cost of living, we're selling over 1 million rail tickets at up to ½ price for trips from 25 Apr to 27 May 🎫

After 2 yrs of living life virtually, the Great British Rail Sale🚆 starts today.

Get yours here👉 https://greatbritishrailsale.nationalrail.co.uk

Let's discuss Russian economy. Many underestimate its dependency upon technological import. Russia's so deeply integrated into Western technological chains that severing these ties will lead to its collapse. Sanctions are already effective and can be made even more efficient🧵

Valero oil refinery is one of the most important employers in West Wales. Disrupting its operations does nothing to support the transition of the Milford Haven energy industry to low carbon future, and nothing to ease cost of living burden.

Aled Scourfield @aledscourfield

Just Stop Oil: Valero Energy granted injunction restricting protests - BBC News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-61100788

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