Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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This week in Parliament I called on the UK Government to ensure that Welsh police forces receive their full share of the apprenticeship levy for training.

Speaking in Home Office questions, I said: "Policing and uniformed police training are not devolved in Wales, so will the Minister ensure that Welsh police forces receive their full share of the apprenticeship levy for training? It is just not good enough to pass responsibility to the Welsh Government when the money involved does not even cover their Treasury spending cuts."

In response, Policing Minister Nick Hurd MP said he agreed on the 'importance of ensuring that our police officers have the right skills' but cited a 'difference of view' between the UK and Welsh Governments on funding. He said that a meeting between the Governments was 'imminent' and that he hoped progress could be made.

Funding for police training

This week in Parliament I called on the UK Government to ensure that Welsh police forces receive their full share of the apprenticeship levy for training. Speaking in Home Office...

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This week I called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ensure that members of the Roadchef Employees Benefit Trust, including current and former employees at the Roadchef outlet in Magor, are reimbursed money they are owed by HMRC.

During Treasury Questions I said "The Treasury is holding on to £10 million from the Roadchef employees benefit trust following a High Court dispute. Can Ministers ensure that HMRC returns the money to the trust with interest so that the 4,000 workers and former staff, including a number of my constituents, can finally receive what is owed to them?"

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, responded by saying that he felt it was important that HMRC dealt with matters separately to Government ministers, but that he was aware that HMRC were in discussions with the Roadchef trustees and 'hoped to reach a resolution soon'.

The Roadchef Employees Benefit Trust (REBTL) operated a profit sharing scheme approved by HMRC for the benefit of Roadchef employees. Most of the beneficiaries earn a modest income or have now retired, while others have passed away.

In January 2000, the former Chief Executive of Roadchef, and former director of REBTL, paid over £10.6m to HMRC as part of the proceeds of shares from the Trust. In 2014, the High Court ruled that the whole transaction was void – and, crucially, that the share proceeds belonged to the Trust. The Trust has recovered what it could, but HMRC still refuses to return the money that belongs to members of the Trust; including a number of Gwent-based Roadchef employees at Magor Services.

Magor Roadchef Trustees

This week I called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ensure that members of the Roadchef Employees Benefit Trust, including current and former employees at the Roadchef outlet in...

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Yesterday I questioned the Home Secretary on behalf of constituents from the Commonwealth who have lived and worked in the UK for many decades but are now facing real hardship because of Government policies. Here’s my question:

“Constituents of mine from Commonwealth countries who have lived here on paper visas for many decades have now been refused universal credit because they do not have biometric residence permits, which they have never been told they need. This is causing real hardship—not least to those with no papers, with the immigration issues that that brings—and the BRP process is costly and lengthy. What are the Government going to do urgently to address this for those who have contributed so much to our country?
Amber Rudd responded as follows:
“I share the hon. Lady’s view that they have contributed so much to this country. I am today announcing that I am setting up a new taskforce across the Department to ensure a swift response. I am also introducing a waiver for the fees involved and a number of other measures that I hope will go a long way to assisting the Commonwealth citizens who should have their rights confirmed without charge.”
Following Home Office Questions David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham asked the following urgent question: To ask the Home Secretary if she will make an urgent statement on the status of Windrush children in this country.
He gave a powerful speech on his concerns which can be read here https://goo.gl/YBrS18
If you think you are affected by this, please contact me on 01633 841 725 or jessica.morden.mp@parliament.uk

Justice for the 'Windrush' generation

Yesterday I questioned the Home Secretary on behalf of constituents from the Commonwealth who have lived and worked in the UK for many decades but are now facing real hardship...


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