Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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I've signed a pledge to #PassOnPlastic with Sky Ocean Rescue – a commitment to reduce single-use plastic consumption.

Launched in January 2017, Sky Ocean Rescue aims to shine a spotlight on the issues of ocean health, particularly single-use plastic, and inspire people to make small changes. The #PassOnPlastic pledge has been signed by 113 MPs, all making a public commitment to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics.

Sky Ocean Rescue’s whale, Plasticus, which is made up of a quarter of a ton of plastic – the amount that enters our oceans every second - arrived outside Parliament to bring to life the scale of the problem.

I am delighted to join to the campaign to raise awareness of ocean health and look at ways to reduce my own plastic consumption. It is deeply worrying that there are 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans, with 8 million tonnes more ending up there every year. We all have a role to play in protecting our oceans – that’s why I have signed my pledge to #PassOnPlastic and encourage others to do the same.

Find out more about Sky Ocean Rescue on social media @SkyOceanRescue and on the Sky Ocean Rescue website: skyoceanrescue.com

#PassOnPlastic

I've signed a pledge to #PassOnPlastic with Sky Ocean Rescue – a commitment to reduce single-use plastic consumption. Launched in January 2017, Sky Ocean Rescue aims to shine a spotlight...

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Today the Labour Party launched our new Animal Welfare Plan.

The 50 point draft policy document includes recommendations to introduce a ban on the live export of animals for slaughter, consult landlords on giving tenants the right to keep a pet, strengthen the Hunting Act, enshrine the principal of animal sentience in law, end the badger cull, implement a review of animal testing and expand affordable vet care for people on low incomes.

The policy document, ‘Animal Welfare For The Many, Not The Few,’ will go out for public consultation and proposes appointing an Animal Welfare Commissioner to ensure Government policy across Whitehall is continually informed by the latest scientific evidence on animal sentience. The Commissioner would also ensure animal welfare standards are always considered in new legislation and are maintained in Britain’s involvement in international bodies and post-Brexit trade deals.

The proposals have been endorsed by the League against Cruel Sports, Compassion in World Farming and WWF.

Constituents regularly contact me on a range of animal welfare issues; from the need to properly enforce the hunting ban, to ending the ivory trade and banning third party puppy sales. I regularly take up these concerns in Parliament and with government ministers, and am supportive of local voluntary groups and charities who work so hard to protect domestic and wild animals. I recently spent a day out with the RSPCA in Newport, and while I was impressed by the excellent work they do, I was also struck by the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Never has the future of animal welfare looked so uncertain under this Conservative government with a chaotic, race-to-the bottom Brexit. Too often animal welfare policy is dictated by ‘campaign of the month’ and is haphazard and piecemeal in approach. Labour’s new Animal Welfare Plan sets out an ambitious vision for excellence in farm animal welfare with a plan to end out-dated practices that severely restrict natural animal behaviour. Labour’s vision is one where no animal is made to suffer unnecessary pain and degradation and where we continue to drive up standards and practice in line with the most recent advances and understanding.

Labour’s Defra Team will be holding a series of roundtables and engagement events over the coming weeks. Find out more online at https://labour.org.uk/issues/animal-welfare-plan/

Labour proposals for action on animal welfare

Today the Labour Party launched our new Animal Welfare Plan. The 50 point draft policy document includes recommendations to introduce a ban on the live export of animals for slaughter,...

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I was pleased to support the Mayor of Caldicot's Cup which has been introduced by Caldicot Town Council to celebrate unsung work in the community.

Well done to the award winners: Brownie leader Harriet Till and army cadet Lance Corporal Joshua Prout.

You can read the full report in the Forest Review here: http://www.theforestreview.co.uk/article.cfm?id=107932&headline=Mayor%E2%80%99s%20honour%20for%20teenagers&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

Pictured - Harriet receiving her award from the Mayor Phil Stevens and the Mayor's Cadet Bryn Silcox (above); Joshua collecting his award from the Mayor (below)

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Mayor of Caldicot's Cup

I was pleased to support the Mayor of Caldicot's Cup which has been introduced by Caldicot Town Council to celebrate unsung work in the community. Well done to the award...


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