*** Event postponed until after the General Election ***
Owen Smith MP, who recently stood for the leadership of the Labour Party and who has since become a strong, outspoken critic of Brexit, will be visiting Stratford to address a public meeting hosted by Stratford4Europe.
Owen will be outlining the reasons why he voted against notification of withdrawal from the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union and will set out his own ideas on the Brexit negotiations as well as on how Parliament should hold the Government to account over the next two years.
Owen’s talk will be followed by questions from the audience after which there will be some light refreshments and an opportunity to chat informally with Owen and other members of the audience.
Owen Smith has been the Labour MP for Pontypridd since 2010. He was re-elected to the seat in 2015 after tripling his majority. Owen joined the Labour Frontbench in October 2010, initially as Shadow Minister for the Wales Office, later as a member of the Shadow Health and Treasury Teams.
In May 2012, Labour Leader Ed Miliband appointed Owen to his Shadow Cabinet in the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Wales. In September 2015, Owen became Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.
Owen began his career as a BBC journalist, where he worked for ten years on network radio and television programmes, including BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme. After leaving journalism, he spent three years working as a Government Special Adviser, principally at the Northern Ireland Office. He also spent five years working in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals industry.
Owen was brought up in Pontypridd and lives in the constituency with his wife and three children.