Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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This morning I was in Newport city centre with Peter Hain talking to people about the EU referendum.

Talking to voters in Newport this morning

This morning I was in Newport city centre with Peter Hain talking to people about the EU referendum.

It is so hard to come up with words in these terrible circumstances. Jo was hugely talented, committed and a beautiful person. All our love and prayers to her family.

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Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party said:

 

“The whole of the Labour Party and Labour family - and indeed the whole country - will be in shock at the horrific murder of Jo Cox today.

 

Jo Cox had a lifelong record of public service and a deep commitment to humanity. She worked both for Oxfam and the anti-slavery charity, the Freedom Fund, before she was elected last year as MP for Batley and Spen – where she was born and grew up.

 

Jo was dedicated to getting us to live up to our promises to support the developing world and strengthen human rights – and she brought those values and principles with her when she became an MP.

 

Jo died doing her public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to and representing the people she was elected to serve. It is a profoundly important cause for us all.

 

Jo was universally liked at Westminster, not just by her Labour colleagues, but across Parliament.

 

In the coming days, there will be questions to answer about how and why she died. But for now all our thoughts are with Jo’s husband Brendan and their two young children. They will grow up without their mum, but can be immensely proud of what she did, what she achieved and what she stood for.

 

We send them our deepest condolences. We have lost a much loved colleague, a real talent and a dedicated campaigner for social justice and peace. But they have lost a wife and a mother, and our hearts go out to them.”

 

Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party said: 

 

“The whole of the Labour movement is devastated at Jo's death. We have lost a colleague so young who had much more to contribute to public life. She was our future.

 

It is hard to comprehend how a compassionate, principled and beautiful person can be taken away from us so cruelly. It's even more devastating because she was doing what she did best - serving her constituents.

 

We grieve her loss. Our love and prayers are with Brendan and Jo's family.”

 

Jo Cox MP

It is so hard to come up with words in these terrible circumstances. Jo was hugely talented, committed and a beautiful person. All our love and prayers to her family....

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I met up with representatives from the Royal British Legion in Parliament this week to hear about the charity’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign.

Count Me In aims to ensure formal recognition for the armed forces community in the next UK Census in order to improve understanding of their unique needs. It is estimated that there are currently between 6.5 million and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK, representing about a tenth of the population. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group.

Including new questions on the next census would provide public bodies, local authorities, and charities with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community, including here in Newport East.

Speaking after the launch of the campaign in Parliament, Royal British Legion Director-General Chris Simpkins said: “As a nation we promise to provide lifelong care and support for those who serve our country. By adding questions to the 2021 UK Census, we can help public bodies and charities deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community, when and where it is needed most. We thank Jessica for adding her support to our campaign: together I’m confident that we can make the next census count for our Armed Forces community”

For more information on the #CountThemIn campaign, visit www.britishlegion.org.uk

Count Them In

I met up with representatives from the Royal British Legion in Parliament this week to hear about the charity’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign. Count Me In aims to ensure formal...


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