Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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In Business Questions yesterday I asked for a debate on the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) Campaign.

It's shameful that there was no mention of the WASPI women in last week's budget, and we need another opportunity to speak on behalf of all the women affected - including many of my constituents in Newport East.

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Call for WASPI debate

  In Business Questions yesterday I asked for a debate on the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) Campaign. It's shameful that there was no mention of the WASPI women...

Jessica_Morden_and_Paul_Flynn_-_WASPI.jpgNewport East and Newport West MPs, Jessica Morden and Paul Flynn met with local women from the WASPI campaign in Parliament on Wednesday, which marked International Women’s Day and saw the Chancellor deliver a budget with no good news.

The WASPI campaign is fighting against the acceleration of the state pension age for women which sees some who were born in the 1950s having their state pension age increased by as much as 6 years with little or no notice.

 

On the 8th May, a delegation of WASPI campaigners travelled up to London to lobby Parliament, including a meeting of Welsh women with Welsh Labour MPs who have been calling on action from the Government.

 

Jessica Morden MP said, “3,100 women in Newport East are affected by the changes.  It has never been properly communicated and means many will have to continue working or find work to bridge the gap.  The reality of this for many is extremely difficult and it was a pleasure to meet with women from Newport and Monmouthshire to discuss this.  However, it was hugely disappointing that in the budget there was no message from the Government for their campaign, but we will keep fighting with them for justice”.

 

Paul Flynn MP said, “A crowded Commons Committee Room was filled with the most impassioned relentless campaign waged by any group in recent years. I was grieved to hear stories of Newport women cheated by delays in the state pensions they have long expected, and being forced into work beyond their planned retirement or facing destitution. It’s an outrage that the word missing from the Budget was the new word-WASPI”.

Newport MPs back local WASPI women

Newport East and Newport West MPs, Jessica Morden and Paul Flynn met with local women from the WASPI campaign in Parliament on Wednesday, which marked International Women’s Day and saw...

Yesterday was budget day and also international women's day. There was little good news in the budget to redress the fact that since 2010, 86% of the budget cuts have come from women.  There was no news for the WASPI women who continue to fight the injustice which means that over 3,000 Newport East women are still no further forward. 

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Women MPs marked the fact that 456 women have now been elected to Parliament ever, finally 1 more than the current number of male MP’s in the current Parliament alone. I am the 283rd woman to be elected to Parliament, and the first, and only, woman to be elected to any constituency in Gwent. More progress must be made. 

Budget Day and International Womens Day

Yesterday was budget day and also international women's day. There was little good news in the budget to redress the fact that since 2010, 86% of the budget cuts have...


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