Jessica and her partner Sion live in Maindee. They have two children, Mali and Ifan, who both attend local schools.
Brought up in nearby Cwmbran, she was educated at Croesyceiliog School before reading History at Birmingham University. Following University she was also a student at Coleg Gwent Nash Campus. Before becoming a Member of Parliament Jessica worked for two local MP's (Llew Smith in Blaenau Gwent and Huw Edwards in Monmouth) and served as General Secretary for the Welsh Labour Party.
Jessica is Shadow Parliamentary Private Secretary to Owen Smith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales. She is the Secretary of the Welsh Group of MPs.
She was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Wales The Rt Hon Peter Hain MP until May 2010
Member of the Welsh Affairs Committee
Vice-Chair for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Steel and other Metal-Related Industries (July 2005 - present)
Chair for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children in Wales (July 2005 - present)
In her first term Jessica successfully completed the Police Parliamentary Scheme, spending a month during recess with a range of Departments and frontline Police Officers in Gwent Police.
Appointed by the speaker to the Members' Advisory Committee to oversee the setting up of the first ever Nursery in the House of Commons.
Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Suicide Prevention
MPs allowances and expenses
IPSA was created in 2009 by the Parliamentary Standards Act. The Act was amended in 2010 by the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act. Together they gave IPSA three main responsibilities:
- To regulate MPs’ business costs and expenses.
- To determine MPs’ pay and pension arrangements.
- To provide financial support to MPs in carrying out their parliamentary functions.
IPSA is independent of Parliament and the Government. They take decisions about the rules on business costs and expenses and on MPs’ pay, without interference from MP's.
All expenses are public and are published on their website and you can access the information here