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Stephen Kinnock

Labour MP for Aberavon

Stephen Kinnock was born in Tredegar in 1970, and has kept strong and continuing links to South Wales throughout his life. He joined the Labour Party when he was 15 and is a proud member of Community trade union and the Co-operative Party.

Following comprehensive school he went to Cambridge University to study modern languages, and then he won a scholarship to the College of Europe in Bruges, where he did an MA in European Studies.

As Director of the British Council in Brussels, Russia and Sierra Leone, Stephen worked to develop opportunities for education and access to British values and culture, and at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, as Director for Europe and Central Asia, he worked with over 1,000 of the world's largest companies, and campaigned to make sure that their CEOs understand their responsibilities to working people. At his present company, Xynteo, where he's a Managing Director at the UK office, Stephen is helping major multi-national companies to improve their energy performance, efficiency and to deliver on their obligations to the community.

Stephen speaks five languages fluently, and is highly experienced as a senior executive in motivating and mobilising teams in negotiation and representation. Throughout his career he's worked to secure progressive economic, social and environmental objectives.

Stephen is passionate about bringing high-productivity, high-skill jobs and investment to Aberavon, and is committed to using his background and know-how in business to help make that happen. His other top campaigning priorities are to:

- Oppose the closure of junction 41 of the M4 motorway;

- Develop better transport links to the Upper Afan Valley;

- Safeguard the future of libraries and community centres across the Constituency;

- Secure proper trade union recognition at Amazon;

- Take the Port Talbot steel works from strength to strength: the steel industry plays a vital role locally and in the British economy. This Tory-led government refuses to understand that. Stephen will campaign forcefully to ensure that all big infrastructure projects in the UK always use British steel;

- Close the wealth gap: Stephen will fight to ensure that the Industrial Investment Bank that will be set up under a Labour government has a strong and effective Welsh focus and strategy. He will also campaign for a cap on executive pay.

- Workers' rights: the huge growth in inequality that we have seen in Britain in the last 30 years is directly linked to the decrease in trade union membership. Stephen will campaign actively for a law that obliges all companies to recognise unions, and he will fight for the living wage and against zero-hours contracts.

Since 1996 Stephen has been married to Helle, the Social Democrat Party Prime Minister of Denmark, who he met in 1992 at the College of Europe. They have two teenage daughters. He really enjoys sport - he played rugby into my mid-thirties, still manages the odd game of football, and enjoys refereeing his daughter's football matches - one of his biggest challenges in life!
Winning the Game of

Winning the Game of Shadows

There can be no doubt that the Syrian crisis is spiralling out of control, and that US and EU attempts to develop anything that remotely resembles a coherent approach have been woefully inadequate. But it is not too late. Now is the time for our government to step into the vacuum; now is the time for our Prime Minister to show some leadership, and to start engaging in pro-active diplomacy in Moscow, Tehran, Washington, Ankara and Riyadh; now is the time for a roadmap to peace and stability... Clearly, we will have to compromise with Moscow and Tehran, and those compromises will certainly cause us discomfort along the way. The Syria crisis is a blood-soaked game of shadows. We must now learn and adapt to its rules; and we must start playing to win.
15/10/2015 16:40 BST
It's the Occupation,

It's the Occupation, Stupid

The history of Israel-Palestine is undoubtedly complex, but its present is actually far less so. For when you boil all the issues down to their essence, the fact is that the presence of 550,000 Israeli settlers on land that has been internationally recognised as occupied is what drives this conflict. The two-state solution will continue to be a pipe-dream unless and until Israel decides that it's prepared to end the occupation: it's as simple as that... The world knows that this must never be allowed to happen again, and it recognises more clearly than ever that the onus is now on Israel to come to the negotiating table in good faith. The peace process has seen many false dawns, but it's just possible that this time it could be different.
03/09/2014 16:46 BST