Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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In Parliament this week I pressed the Government for answers over the proposed relocation of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) offices in Newport to a new location in the north of Cardiff.

Speaking during Parliamentary questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, I said “I want to ask about the Government’s proposal to relocate the DWP service centre out of Newport to a new site north of Cardiff – the location of which is still unclear. Along with my honourable friend the member for Newport West (Paul Flynn MP) we clearly want to keep the expertise and services here, with 249 jobs right in the heart of our city.Can I ask the Secretary of State to meet with us so that we can put the case to him?”

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke MP, responded by saying that the Government wanted to minimise job losses, and pledged that the Employment Minister would meet with the two Newport MPs to discuss the case. Paul and I hope that we can have this meeting at the earliest opportunity.

Time for answers on Newport DWP office relocation

In Parliament this week I pressed the Government for answers over the proposed relocation of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) offices in Newport to a new location in the...

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I attended a packed Westminster Hall debate on the 'State pension age for women' this week. Because of the high turnout of MPs, speeches were limited to two minutes. I was pleased to take my opportunity to speak up for women affected in Newport East. Here is my contribution to the debate:

I am grateful for the opportunity to join other hon. Members in speaking up for these women, who have worked hard all their life, working to a presumed retirement date, only to ​see the Government move the goalposts at the last minute, giving them little or no notice and, as we have heard, causing real financial hardship.

This is the first such debate in this Parliament, but it is just the latest in a long line of debates, questions and lobbies calling on the Government to right this wrong. It is necessary now because, up until now, there have been no positive messages from the Government, no mention in the Tory manifesto and no mention in the Queen’s Speech.

The WASPI women I have spoken to made their voices heard clearly in the general election by lobbying candidates, and voting for candidates who listened and committed to fight this huge injustice. The Government should not and cannot take these women for granted any more. Their voice will be heard and needs to be heeded. They are women who have sacrificed their careers for caring; who were unable to take up suitable workplace pensions, often due to unequal pay in the past. Many, because of ill health, are not able to work the extra years the Government now expect of them. That is illustrated by a constituent who asked me to raise her case and sadly died recently. At the age of 62, she had to give up work after 45 years after a long battle with cancer. She had a demanding job, and she just could not continue. The change meant that she was denied more than £38,000. She was unable to enjoy her retirement and was very worried about the financial hardship that that meant. That shows the real human impact of this Government policy. That is just one voice, but I ask the Minister to listen to the many thousands like her and work to find a solution to end this hardship and right this wrong.

Packed WASPI debate in Westminster Hall

I attended a packed Westminster Hall debate on the 'State pension age for women' this week. Because of the high turnout of MPs, speeches were limited to two minutes. I was...

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It’s great news that 2 million people across the UK are now Dementia Friends.

The Dementia Friends initiative was launched by the Alzheimer’s Society in 2013 with the aim of encouraging individuals and organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to change the way they think, act and talk about dementia. The scheme is the biggest ever in its field, and the Alzheimer’s Society have even described Dementia Friends as one of the UK’s largest ever social movements, with 1 in every 30 people in Wales, England and Northern Ireland involved.

I’m very proud to have a Dementia Friendly office, and after an induction session from the Alzheimer’s Society my staff and I felt we’d gained a better understanding of the challenges that people living with dementia experience on a daily basis.

While it’s really encouraging that the programme has taken off in such a big way, there is still much more to do, and as a society we need to redouble our efforts to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia which means that many people with the condition can face loneliness and social exclusion.

For more information on becoming a Dementia Friend visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Dementia Friends success

It’s great news that 2 million people across the UK are now Dementia Friends. The Dementia Friends initiative was launched by the Alzheimer’s Society in 2013 with the aim of...

A beautiful day on Saturday for the Maindee Festival - our thanks to all those involved in putting on another fabulous festival.

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Maindee Festival

A beautiful day on Saturday for the Maindee Festival - our thanks to all those involved in putting on another fabulous festival.

This week I supported the Labour amendment to end the public sector pay cap and reverse cuts to emergency services on behalf of workers in Newport East.

The Labour amendment to the Government’s recent Queen’s Speech was lost by just 14 votes, with Conservative and DUP MPs uniting to block it.   I voted for the Labour amendment to give our public sector workers a much-needed pay rise and to end damaging cuts to key emergency services. I was bitterly disappointed to see the Government – with support from its new-found allies in the DUP – reject this crucial amendment. People will rightly be asking how the Government can afford to gift the DUP £1billion to prop up Theresa May in Downing Street, but refuses to give our hardworking nurses, police, paramedics and firefighters a penny more on their pay. This is another example of a Conservative government putting politics before people, and thousands of workers and families in Newport East – and millions more across the UK – have lost out as a result.

The public will also lose out if the Government continues to plough ahead with further cuts to our emergency services. There are now 20,000 fewer police officers across the UK than there were in 2010, which has meant that over 300 police officers have been lost in the Gwent police force which protects my constituency.  With no growth in police funding since 2010, more work is being done by fewer police officers. It’s not enough for Government Ministers to simply praise the heroism and dedication of our emergency services after serious incidents – this sentiment counts for little unless it is backed up with action and investment.

The result of the vote in the Commons was hugely disappointing, but the fight goes on. I will continue to work with Labour colleagues in calling for British workers to get the fair pay rise they deserve, and for properly funded and resourced public services.

Time to end public sector pay cap and cuts to emergency services

This week I supported the Labour amendment to end the public sector pay cap and reverse cuts to emergency services on behalf of workers in Newport East. The Labour amendment...

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Today in Parliament I warned of the dangers of Wales being short-changed in the midst of the Government’s £1billion deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.

I called on the Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom MP to allow Welsh MPs an opportunity to question the Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns MP, before the Parliamentary recess. This follows our First Minister Carwyn Jones describing the DUP deal as a ‘bung’ earlier this week, and calling on the Secretary of State to ‘fight against this deal and secure fair funding for our country.’

In the Chamber I said “Given that there are no Welsh Questions before recess, can we have an opportunity on the floor of the house to question the Secretary of State for Wales on what he’s being doing since the Government’s announcement of a deal with the DUP to ensure that Wales is not short-changed.”

Andrea Leadsom responded by insisting that Wales had also benefitted from some projects outside the Barnett formula, and that she would pass on my comments to Mr Cairns and seek an opportunity for questioning.

Wales must not be short-changed after Tory-DUP deal

Today in Parliament I warned of the dangers of Wales being short-changed in the midst of the Government’s £1billion deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. I called on the...

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I'm backing the call for a public inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal. It's time for the Government to act to bring about justice for the victims of a national disgrace.

During the 1970s and 1980s over 4,500 people with haemophilia were infected with a range of blood-borne viruses including Hepatitis C and HIV via their treatment with contaminated blood products.

The Tainted Blood campaign estimate that over 2,000 people died as a result of receiving contaminated blo...od. Among those infected was seven-year old Colin Smith from Newport, who died of Aids in 1990 after being treated with NHS blood products.

I joined campaigners - including representatives from Haemophilia Wales - at their protest outside the Department of Health last week alongside Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon.

Many campaigners accuse authorities of a cover-up, and claim that government bodies, pharmaceutical companies and senior clinicians may have been aware of the risks posed by the products that were used.

The families of those who lost loved ones – including my constituents the Smiths – deserve proper compensation, and clear answers from the state. Justice will not be achieved until we have a proper, UK-wide public inquiry that will release all available official documentation on the scandal for public scrutiny, with a remit to consider failures in government policies and negligence by public bodies.

Time for contaminated blood inquiry

I'm backing the call for a public inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal. It's time for the Government to act to bring about justice for the victims of a national...

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Christina Rees MP, said: "This Queen's speech is the latest example of the disrespect and disregard that Theresa May's Tories have for Wales.  

Welsh Labour reaction to the Queen's Speech

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Christina Rees MP, said: "This Queen's speech is the latest example of the disrespect and disregard that Theresa May's Tories... Read more

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