Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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In Parliament today I called for MPs to be given more chances to question Government Ministers on the roll-out of Universal Credit.

Universal Credit was rolled out in Newport in November 2017 and is due to be rolled out in Monmouthshire this June.

Speaking in Business Questions today, I said “As Universal Credit is rolled out across more of the country, will the Leader of the House ensure that we have more regular opportunities to question Ministers and to tell them what is happening on the ground? In Newport, where the roll-out started in November, we have seen a threefold increase in food parcels, mostly attributed to Universal Credit, and Ministers need to hear that.”

Universal Credit concerns

In Parliament today I called for MPs to be given more chances to question Government Ministers on the roll-out of Universal Credit. Universal Credit was rolled out in Newport in...

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This week’s Spring Statement highlighted the Government’s complacency and unwillingness to address the problems of its own making.

The Chancellor’s statement was more notable for what was omitted than that which was included.

There was no reversal of damaging police cuts. Forces like Gwent – which has suffered a £40million cut to its budget since 2010, with the loss of 350 frontline officers and 200 staff members – deserve to have the funding they need to keep our communities safe at a time when recorded crime is on the rise.

There was no recompense for the 1950s women affected by the acceleration of the state pension age. This statement was another missed opportunity to do the right thing by the 2.6 million women impacted across the UK, including 3,100 in Newport East.

And there was no immediate help for our steel industry – an issue which has become all the more pressing with the upcoming implementation of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports into the USA.

The Chancellor’s hollow boasts about the state of the economy also fell flat. Wages are still below their level in 2010, and are falling again. Currently wage growth is being outstripped by inflation so workers are feeling the squeeze. The UK is the only major developed economy where wages have fallen at the same time as the economy has grown. Meanwhile economic growth in 2017 was the slowest since 2012 and the slowest of the G7 group of major developed economies.

My party and I will continue to raise these issues in the run up to the budget later this year.

Comment on the Spring Statement

This week’s Spring Statement highlighted the Government’s complacency and unwillingness to address the problems of its own making. The Chancellor’s statement was more notable for what was omitted than that...

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In Parliament today I renewed my call on Wales Office Ministers to intervene to improve cross-border rail services, which she has previously described as ‘woefully inadequate’.

In Welsh Questions today I said “My constituents want to be able to access work in the South West of England. But despite it being claimed demand on services is going to grow and grow locally, there are still too few carriages, overcrowding, and unreliable rail services. Will the Minister personally talk to GWR about this?”

Transport links are key to a Severn growth strategy. I make no apology for repeatedly raising rail overcrowding and lack of capacity. We must get this right for those commuting now – especially as demand is only set to increase.

Wales Office Ministers urged to act on rail

In Parliament today I renewed my call on Wales Office Ministers to intervene to improve cross-border rail services, which she has previously described as ‘woefully inadequate’. In Welsh Questions today...

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In Parliament today I renewed my call on the UK Government to make a decision on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

The UK Government has still not announced whether it will back a ‘pathfinder’ lagoon for Swansea Bay, despite a Government-commissioned review led by Charles Hendry – published in January 2017 – recommending that Ministers give the project the go-ahead.

In a question to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, I said “Can I say to the Minister that a decision on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is important for Wales a whole? There is huge potential for future lagoons around Newport following the Swansea pathfinder, and it’s really important that we don’t pass these opportunities up.”

The Secretary of State, Greg Clark MP, responded by saying that his department was ‘exploring all possibilities and recognising constraints’ associated with the project, and he was engaged in discussions with First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Ministers cannot pass up tidal lagoon opportunities

In Parliament today I renewed my call on the UK Government to make a decision on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. The UK Government has still not announced whether it...

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Today in Parliament I called on the UK Government to do more to defend the British steel industry from the effects of new American tariffs on metal imports.

On Thursday 8 March, President Trump announced that the United States would impose a tariff of 25% on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminium imports from 23rd March onwards. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox MP addressed MPs on the issue ahead of his visit to Washington this week to meet the US Commerce Secretary and trade representative

In a question to the Secretary of State, I said “The recovery that we have seen in our steel industry has been fragile. We are facing not only the direct impact of tariffs on our exports but the indirect effects of other countries finding a home for displaced steel. The Government have been slow to act during the steel crisis in the recent past. Can the Secretary of State assure my steelworking constituents that the Government will do everything they can to fight for our industry at this time?”

In his statement to the House of Commons, the Secretary of State said that the Government would work as part of the EU to impose countermeasures against the US tariffs, and stated that the UK Government did not believe the tariffs were justified on the grounds of US national security.

According to figures from British manufacturers’ organisation EEF, around 350,000 tonnes of steel was exported by British producers in 2017 – with around 15% of those exports going to the United States. The new tariffs have been met with opposition from the Community and Unite trade unions and representatives from the UK steel sector. Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary said that the White House position on the tariffs being necessary on grounds of threats to the American steel industry or US national security were ‘patently false’.

Government must defend our steel industry from Trump tariffs

Today in Parliament I called on the UK Government to do more to defend the British steel industry from the effects of new American tariffs on metal imports. On Thursday...

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Newport East MP and AM back union campaign against steel tariffs.

Following the news that the US President, Donald Trump, plans to impose 25% tariffs on imported steel, the UK steel industry and Community Union have written a joint letter to International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, calling on the EU, with UK Government support, to respond in a robust way to protect steel products from such tariffs.

Backing campaign against US steel tariffs

Newport East MP and AM back union campaign against steel tariffs. Following the news that the US President, Donald Trump, plans to impose 25% tariffs on imported steel, the UK steel industry... Read more

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I was pleased to show my support for the 2018 Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal.

Money raised from sales of Marie Curie Daffodil pins will support the charity in their important work helping people living with terminal illness, providing them and their loved ones with vital care at the most difficult time of their lives.

Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0800 304 7025 for more information.

Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal 2018

I was pleased to show my support for the 2018 Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal. Money raised from sales of Marie Curie Daffodil pins will support the charity in their...

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I spoke in Transport Questions today to highlight the need for greater UK-wide work investigative work on road safety, highlighting the experiences of my constituents Julian and Gill Smith. Since 2016 there has been a worrying 4% increase in fatalities, and a 9% increase in serious injuries on our roads.

Speaking in the chamber I said “Constituents of mine, Julian and Gill Smith, tragically lost their daughter Rhiannon in a car collision almost a year ago and are now campaigning for better preventative action. Is now not the time for the Minister to listen seriously to calls by campaign groups like Brake to establish a UK-wide Road Collision Investigation Branch, to provide increased evidence and crash data to prevent injuries on our roads?”

Transport Questions

I spoke in Transport Questions today to highlight the need for greater UK-wide work investigative work on road safety, highlighting the experiences of my constituents Julian and Gill Smith. Since...

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Community groups and charities in Newport East can now bid for funding through the Active Communities Fund, which is distributed by the People's Health Trust.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

The deadline for Stage 1 applications is Wednesday 21st March. To find out more www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk.

 

Active Communities Funding

Community groups and charities in Newport East can now bid for funding through the Active Communities Fund, which is distributed by the People's Health Trust. Active Communities is a funding...

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It was good to be out meeting local residents in Glan Llyn at the weekend. 

If you ever want to get in touch you can email jessica.morden.mp@parliament.uk, or call my office on 01633 841725. My advice surgery dates are also available here on the website.

Speaking to residents in Glan Llyn

It was good to be out meeting local residents in Glan Llyn at the weekend.  If you ever want to get in touch you can email jessica.morden.mp@parliament.uk, or call my...

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