Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

News

The Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner has announced a comprehensive review of Gwent Police’s Estate to ensure that all police buildings and properties in Gwent are fit for the demands of modern policing, deliver a citizen focused service, support operational policing requirements and are designed for the future;

Comprehensive review of police estate in Gwent

The Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner has announced a comprehensive review of Gwent Police’s Estate to ensure that all police buildings and properties in Gwent are fit for the demands... Read more

“It’s clearly shocking that these arrests have taken place in our community.  This is a fast moving and complicated investigation and it’s really important the Police can  get on with their crucial work of keeping us safe.  I’ve seen the officers out and about this morning offering reassurance and I am in touch with the local team.  Communities can help to defeat terrorism, so if you have any information no matter how small ,the Police would rather speak to you than not get a call.”

Statement on the ongoing police incident in Newport

“It’s clearly shocking that these arrests have taken place in our community.  This is a fast moving and complicated investigation and it’s really important the Police can  get on with...

Those working in the steel industry in Newport have been though very difficult times this last few years not least with the recent changes to their pensions to help secure their jobs. 

Merger announcement between TATA and Thyssenkrupp

Those working in the steel industry in Newport have been though very difficult times this last few years not least with the recent changes to their pensions to help secure... Read more

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It was good to meet with Tom Koutsantonis - Australian Labor MP and South Australia's Minister for Finance, Resources and Energy - at Liberty Steel in Newport today. We talked about the exciting and innovative developments to come here in Newport East.

Minister Koutsantonis was on fact-finding tour of Liberty Steel Newport, part of the Liberty House Group which, along with its sister energy company SIMEC, has just bought Australia’s largest integrated mining and steel business.

Under the umbrella of the GFG Alliance, Liberty and SIMEC have been delivering their strategy to revive heavy industry in the UK and other parts of the world by combining steelmaking with clean energy generation, and integrating this with high-value engineering.

During the visit, the minister heard how Liberty had reopened the Newport hot strip mill at the height of the UK steel crisis in 2015 and now runs the plant on renewable bio-liquid which drives its on-site generators. The company intends to invest heavily to restore liquid steel production to the site for the first time in many years by installing an electric arc furnace to melt UK scrap; creating hundreds of new jobs.

He was also briefed on plans to turn the neighbouring SIMEC power station site in Uskmouth into a centre of excellence for a wide range of renewable energy technologies including biomass, waste-to-energy and potentially tidal lagoon power to drive its metals and engineering businesses across the country.

Minister Koutsantonis told me that he was very impressed by the ambitious work going on in Newport.

As representative of a constituency where steel is such a major industry, I can perfectly understand Minister Koutsantonis’ eagerness to protect steel jobs in his part of the world. Both of us believe that the industry can have a sustainable and competitive future and are keen to support green steel companies in achieving this.

South Australian Government visit to Liberty Steel in Newport

It was good to meet with Tom Koutsantonis - Australian Labor MP and South Australia's Minister for Finance, Resources and Energy - at Liberty Steel in Newport today. We talked...

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In Parliament yesterday I called on the UK Government to give the go-ahead to the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon as a ‘pathfinder’ project that could lead to a future lagoon between Newport and Cardiff.

Last week Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd confirmed that it had reached an agreement with the National Grid over a connection for an £8million lagoon stretching along the Severn Estuary from the east of Cardiff to Newport.

In January this year the Hendry Review recommended the Government approving the Swansea Bay project as a pilot, which could then lead to further lagoons for Cardiff, Newport and Colwyn Bay. Nine months later, the Government has still not made a final decision on whether to proceed with the Swansea Bay lagoon, prompting concerns from MPs and businesses that there could be an impact on investment if delays continue.

In my question to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, I said: “The recently-agreed grid connection deal would make the Cardiff Tidal Lagoon the UK’s largest renewable energy project; generating some of the cheapest power in the country. It would also be a big boost for Newport. However its potential can only be realised if the Government first back the pilot project in Swansea Bay. When will this happen?”

The Secretary of State, Greg Clarke MP, responded by saying that the Government was still assessing the costs of the project, and would report back to the House when these assessments were complete.

Time for decision on Tidal Lagoons

In Parliament yesterday I called on the UK Government to give the go-ahead to the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon as a ‘pathfinder’ project that could lead to a future lagoon...

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In Parliament today I called on the UK Government to do more to address a fall in average weekly earnings over the last decade.

In a question to Margot James MP, Minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, I asked “With average weekly real earnings now lower than they were in 2007, and the IFS saying that the flat lining of real wages is unprecedented since at least the end of the Second World War, does the Minister accept that Britain needs a pay rise? What are Ministers doing to tackle this?”

The Minister responded by acknowledging that average earnings had been ‘static’ over the last year, but claimed that the Government’s ‘National Living Wage’ would act as a means of boosting ‘earnings power’ for those at the lower end of the pay scale.

Government must do more to address fall in real wages

In Parliament today I called on the UK Government to do more to address a fall in average weekly earnings over the last decade. In a question to Margot James...

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Delighted to attend Caldicot Male Voice Choir's Gala concert this weekend. A wonderful evening of music, and lovely collaborations with neighbours from Chepstow Male Voice Choir. A reminder of the wealth of musical talent in Gwent!

Caldicot Male Voice Choir Gala concert

Delighted to attend Caldicot Male Voice Choir's Gala concert this weekend. A wonderful evening of music, and lovely collaborations with neighbours from Chepstow Male Voice Choir. A reminder of the...

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Earlier this week I met with representatives from the RSPCA in Parliament to discuss the charity’s great work in Newport East and the wider region, and to learn more about their campaign priorities for the new Parliament.

Last year in Wales alone the charity rescued over 7,500 animals and rehomed nearly 2,000 – a remarkable achievement and a great testament to the work of their branch volunteers, inspectors and dedicated animal centres – including at our local centre in Newport.

Campaigns

In addition to ongoing campaigns to increase sentencing for perpetrators of animal cruelty and ban the third-party sale of puppies, the RSPCA are calling on politicians to ensure that existing EU animal welfare legislation is not undermined as a result of Brexit; and that current national welfare standards – especially in areas where these are higher than in other countries – are not undermined in the Government’s negotiation of new trade deals. The Government has agreed that the 44 EU-derived animal welfare and wildlife protection laws agreed at a European level will be adopted into the UK statute book as part of the EU Withdrawal Bill.

I fully support the RSPCA’s call for increased sentences for animal cruelty, and was pleased to support Labour’s pledge on this in our 2017 manifesto. Similarly I agree that we need to do all we can to ensure that animal welfare standards are not jeopardised as a result of the UK leaving the EU. Labour will be holding the Government to account on this as the EU Withdrawal Bill progresses, and later on as new trade deals are formulated.

Meeting with RSPCA in Parliament

Earlier this week I met with representatives from the RSPCA in Parliament to discuss the charity’s great work in Newport East and the wider region, and to learn more about...

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I'm supporting Breast Cancer Now’s ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

Wear it Pink Day – which falls on the 20th October this year – is one of the country’s biggest fundraising events, with people encouraged to wear pink in their communities, schools and work places to promote awareness of breast cancer. Since its inception in 2002, Wear it Pink has raised over £30million to fund life-saving breast cancer research.

Each year over 50,000 women across the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer. The research undertaken by charities like Breast Cancer Now is vital in helping us discover how to prevent breast cancer, detect it earlier, and treat it effectively at every stage to prevent the disease taking more lives. Wear it Pink Day is an important way of generating awareness and raising funds for the research being undertaken.

For more information on Wear It Pink, visit www.wearitpink.org/17.

Wear it Pink

I'm supporting Breast Cancer Now’s ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. Wear it Pink Day – which falls on the 20th October this year...

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I'm supporting the Royal College of Nursing ‘Scrap the Cap’ campaign, which protests against the continued 1% pay cap on public sector pay.

I met up with RCN members from South Wales ahead of their rally in Parliament this week. The RCN are calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to end the pay cap in the upcoming Autumn Budget, highlighting that NHS nursing staff have encountered a real-terms drop in earnings of up to 14% since 2011.

The Conservative Government voted down a Labour motion to end the public sector pay cap earlier this summer, but there is still time for Ministers to do the right thing. The Chancellor’s autumn budget is an opportunity for the Government to finally listen to the concerns of nurses – whose cause is overwhelmingly supported by the general public – and make funding available across the UK to allow hardworking NHS staff the pay lift they richly deserve. It’s time to scrap the cap.

Time for UK Government to Scrap the Cap

I'm supporting the Royal College of Nursing ‘Scrap the Cap’ campaign, which protests against the continued 1% pay cap on public sector pay. I met up with RCN members from South...

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