Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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Having campaigned for many years, alongside Labour colleagues, for the Government to act on the Severn Bridge tolls, today's news is welcome. 

For far too long, commuters and businesses in Newport East and beyond have had to absorb the extortionate toll charges. It's them that we've fought for so it’s a relief that, after years of pressure, the Tory Government has finally listened. 
The announcement is bittersweet, however, following yesterday's news that the Tory Government's has scrapped its longstanding pledge to electrify the railway line between Cardiff and Swansea. 

As always with this Tory Government the devil will be in the detail - my Welsh Labour colleagues and I will ensure the Tory Government is scrutinised, that we have a timetable for the bridges returning to public ownership and that the tolls really are scrapped.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/drivers-to-benefit-from-free-severn-crossings-from-2018

 

Reaction to Severn Tolls announcement

Having campaigned for many years, alongside Labour colleagues, for the Government to act on the Severn Bridge tolls, today's news is welcome. 

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This week I took part in my colleague Paul Flynn’s Westminster Hall debate focusing on the UK Government’s plan to relocate the Newport DWP service centre to a new site in Treforest near Pontypridd.

This move would have a huge impact on staff who commute to work; with the majority of the workforce using public transport. Over 200 staff work at the Sovereign House office in Newport City Centre, delivering support and benefit processing services to members of the public claiming ESA and PIP

In the debate, I spoke on the importance of civil service jobs to Newport and the risks of losing the skills and expertise of Newport DWP staff. The rationale behind the move to Treforest remains unclear – especially as the Government could potentially be spending vast amounts to create a new ‘super-hub’ that  many staff will have difficulty travelling to.

It’s incredibly disappointing that the PCS Union and staff in Newport had to learn about the proposed relocation from a leak on an architect’s website. This was before Ministers had a chance to undertake an equality impact assessment of the relocation on staff.

In the debate I emphasised that, if the equality impact assessment confirms that staff with travel difficulties or caring responsibilities will experience significant problems getting to work, the Government should re-think its decision to move away from Sovereign House.

You can read the full transcript of the debate online here: https://goo.gl/eAKCU1

Debate on Newport DWP relocation

This week I took part in my colleague Paul Flynn’s Westminster Hall debate focusing on the UK Government’s plan to relocate the Newport DWP service centre to a new site...

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I'm supporting a new bill that would make attacks on emergency workers – including the Police, fire and ambulance crews – a specific aggravated offence.

The Crime (Assaults on Emergency Staff) Bill was presented to the House of Commons today by Rhondda Labour MP Chris Bryant.

Last year there were over 23,000 assaults on police officers; equating to 450 assaults a week and an assault on an officer every 22 minutes. And that’s just the recorded incidents: research from the Police Federation suggests that there are actually as many as 6,000 assaults on officers every day, with the average police officer being assaulted as many as 19 times a year. Similarly the number of attacks on South Wales firefighters has trebled since June 2016, and Welsh hospital staff were attacked more than 18,000 times at work between December 2011 and December 2016.

The vast majority of the public are rightly sickened by these attacks on frontline emergency workers, and want to see stronger legislation brought in to deter the culprits. It’s high time for a change in the law that provides protection for dedicated public servants who make huge sacrifices to protect us all, often in incredibly challenging circumstances.

Law must protect the protectors

I'm supporting a new bill that would make attacks on emergency workers – including the Police, fire and ambulance crews – a specific aggravated offence. The Crime (Assaults on Emergency...


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