Jessica Morden MP

Member of Parliament for Newport East

Home

Recent Activity

I voted in Parliament today to introduce pay transparency across large companies. The measure, put forward by Labour will require companies which employ over 250 staff to publish their own gender pay gap in their annual report.

 

Labour MPs were joined in Parliament by Gwen Davis, Sheila Douglass, Vera Sime and Eileen Pullen – four of the original Dagenham women who went on strike for equal pay leading to the Equal Pay Act of 1970, as well as the stars of the hit musical ‘Made in Dagenham’ including Gemma Arterton and Isla Blair.

But despite Labour voting through the motion this week, Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs failed to vote in favour after the Government indicated that it did not intend to make pay transparency the law.

The campaign for pay transparency is being led by Labour in Parliament, and supported by Grazia magazine and employers including PricewaterhouseCoopers and Genesis Housing who are amongst just five companies known to voluntarily publish their pay gap.

Shockingly women still earn an average 81p for every pound earned by men, despite the Equal Pay Act being passed 44 years ago. To coincide with the vote Labour is releasing new analysis of official figures which show that – because of the gender pay gap, women earn an average £209,976 less over their lifetime than men.

Women and their families across Newport East will be wondering why the Tories and Lib Dems failed to back equal pay for millions of women across Britain. Women in Newport East shouldn’t have to wait another generation for equal pay. Pay transparency will shine a light on the problem and help employers to close the pay gap once and for all. This Government might not be prepared to act but a Labour Government will.

Notes:

  • The vote on Sarah Champion MP’s 10 Minute Rule Bill was passed by 158 votes to 8. 7 Tory male MPs vote against equal pay and Lib Dem Minister for Women and Equalities failed to vote despite being present for the motion.
  • Pay transparency for large employers was originally included by Labour in the Equality Act (2010) (section 78) but ditched by the Conservatives and Lib Dems on entering Government. The measure is widely viewed as a way to stimulate action on the causes of the gender pay gap within workplaces.
  • The Lib Dems recently announced that section 78 was now Lib Dem policy, but have failed to back the measure in Government, despite being in charge of the responsible Government department.
  • Women in the UK still earn on average just 81p for every pound a man earns. The UK Gender Pay Gap in the UK is still higher than in most other EU countries. New analysis of ONS figures calculated the ‘cost’ of the pay gap to women over a lifetime, by analysing the pay gap in each decade across the average woman’s working life and the associated cost according to the average wage at that age

Equal Pay Vote

I voted in Parliament today to introduce pay transparency across large companies. The measure, put forward by Labour will require companies which employ over 250 staff to publish their own...

christmas_lights.jpg

On Friday night I was delighted to be at the lighting of the Christmas tree in Maindee, organised by Maindee Action Group with local Cllrs Chris Jenkins and Majid Rahman.  Well done to all involved, especially the Fire Brigade and the Police.

It's an exciting time for Maindee.  I have copied below an article I wrote for the South Wales Argus about the grants received.

Your MP Writes

Week by week it's heartening to see from my constituency office window in Clarence House just how much progress is being made on the Friars Walk City Centre development which will open in the autumn next year.

But it's good to see the east of the City receiving its fair share of attention too. Last week we learnt that Maindee is to receive a large £365,000 grant from the Arts Council for local regeneration. Over the next three years the 'Finding Maindee' project will aim to transform one of our outdoor and indoor spaces in Maindee, alongside arts projects for the community and local business.  Well done Maindee Festival Association for this – it’s a tremendous achievement from a team that brings us such a vibrant festival.

This large grant comes hot on the heels of the £20,000 award to Maindee Action Group for volunteers to regenerate the St Mary's corner site.  This is on top of the £38,200 secured by Maindee Unlimited and Newport Council from the Welsh Government to redevelop the shopping area in Maindee.

It's great to see the regeneration of Maindee as a priority, so all credit to those involved in securing this funding in tough times.  Not least the committed volunteers involved in the Maindee Festival Association and Maindee Action Group who are working so hard with such vision alongside their local Councillors.

 

Christmas Tree lights go on in Maindee

On Friday night I was delighted to be at the lighting of the Christmas tree in Maindee, organised by Maindee Action Group with local Cllrs Chris Jenkins and Majid Rahman.  Well...

jess_and_john_at_royal_mail.JPG

Jessica Morden MP and John Griffiths AM thank hardworking postal workers at Christmas.

Jessica Morden MP said: “It was great to meet postmen and women at Royal Mail’s Newport East delivery office and see first-hand just how much effort they put into delivering for people at this time of year.

“Our postal workers do such an important job at this time of year and help to deliver Christmas for many people and families in our area. I would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best over the busy festive period.”

Our thanks to hard working postal staff

Jessica Morden MP and John Griffiths AM thank hardworking postal workers at Christmas. Jessica Morden MP said: “It was great to meet postmen and women at Royal Mail’s Newport East...


View More Activities

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.