Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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I was honoured to sign the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment in Parliament this week ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on Friday 27th January, marking the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Newport East and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust, remembering the millions of lives that were cut short in horrific circumstances. It is also an occasion to pay tribute to the survivors of the Holocaust – their memories of the horrors they witnessed and endured serve as a harrowing warning to us all to challenge racism, intolerance and hatred in all its forms.

To find out more about the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust, visit: http://www.het.org.uk

Remembering the Holocaust

I was honoured to sign the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment in Parliament this week ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day. Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on Friday 27th January, marking...

I am glad the Government have finally published the consultation on future tolling on the Severn Bridges, once they come back into public ownership.

You can take part in the consultation which runs until 10th March 2017.

There are online forms or you can email severnconsultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk,

or you can write to:
Severn Consultation Team
Roads Investment Strategy Futures
33 Horseferry Road
London
SW1P 4DR

The proposals are here: 

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Severn Bridges Consultation published

I am glad the Government have finally published the consultation on future tolling on the Severn Bridges, once they come back into public ownership. You can take part in the...

The long-awaited Hendry Review on Tidal Lagoons was published today. The Hendry Review recommends that the Government support the construction of a Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, which would serve as a pathfinder project for other lagoons across the UK, including in Newport, Cardiff and North Wales.

Speaking at the launch of the review in Parliament, Charles Hendry called on the UK to ‘take the lead’ on tidal lagoon power before other countries do so.

I have previously spoken in Parliament about the compelling arguments for harnessing tidal power energy off the South Wales coast, and what a wonderful opportunity it could be for Newport. The Hendry Review outlines how lagoons can provide an affordable and predictable source of low-carbon energy, with the potential to create thousands of new jobs in the manufacturing and construction process – in addition to the potential for other employment opportunities in tourism and the supply chain.

We know that there is already support for tidal lagoons from Welsh Government and industry in South Wales. Natural Resources Wales will now make its own assessment before granting a marine license, and I would I echo Charles Hendry’s call for the UK Government to move swiftly to final stage negotiations on the pathfinder lagoon for Swansea Bay.

The Hendry Review claims a future Newport lagoon could support as many as 6,386 jobs, and cites the cooperative relationship that could be forged with ‘green steel’ businesses based in Newport - Liberty House Group and Simec.

Tidal Lagoon Review published

The long-awaited Hendry Review on Tidal Lagoons was published today. The Hendry Review recommends that the Government support the construction of a Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, which would serve as...

At long last, tomorrow the Government are finally going to publish the consultation on the future operation of the Severn Bridges. With the end of the concession fast approaching, it’s absolutely crucial that bridge users and businesses have a say. I would urge everyone to take this opportunity to put forward your views.

Severn Bridges Consultation will be published tomorrow

At long last, tomorrow the Government are finally going to publish the consultation on the future operation of the Severn Bridges. With the end of the concession fast approaching, it’s absolutely... Read more

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I met with representatives from Gwent Police at the National Missing Person Conference in Parliament today.

The Conference - organised by the COMPACT User group and Ann Coffey MP - included delegates from over 40 UK Police Forces and national charities, and offered an opportunity for stakeholders to share their experiences and best practice in safeguarding vulnerable missing people.

It was good to catch up with Chief Inspector Carl Williams and Detective Sergeant Gareth Jenkins from Gwent Police to hear more about the framework and action plans in place locally to investigate and protect vulnerable individuals who go missing. Gwent Police and its partners have earned a good reputation for its work with missing young people, and it's reassuring to know that strong multi-agency relationships are in place to protect missing individuals and support affected families during such difficult times.

I was pleased to be able to introduce the officers to Ann Coffey MP, the chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, and she praised Gwent Police for their ongoing commitment to keeping vulnerable missing children safe across the region.

Gwent Police operate their ‘Breaking the Cycle’ Missing Persons project in coordination with Newport City Council, Blaenau Gwent County Council, Caerphilly County Council, Monmouthshire County Council, Torfaen County Council, the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the Big Lottery Fund.

Gwent Police and partners praised for work with missing young people

I met with representatives from Gwent Police at the National Missing Person Conference in Parliament today. The Conference - organised by the COMPACT User group and Ann Coffey MP -...

Please find below a report of my work last year, as the Member of Parliament for Newport East. A happy 2017 to you and please do get in touch if you have a case you wish me to raise or would like to let me know your views. Surgery dates are listed on my website www.jessicamorden.com and my contact details are listed below.  For updates on my work please do follow me on twitter @jessicamordenmp or facebook.

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Annual Report 2016

Please find below a report of my work last year, as the Member of Parliament for Newport East. A happy 2017 to you and please do get in touch if you... Read more

A happy new year to all constituents of Newport East.

 

2016 has been an eventful year in politics and a busy year in Parliament. As always, it’s been a huge privilege to represent the people of Newport East in the House of Commons.

New Year Message

A happy new year to all constituents of Newport East.   2016 has been an eventful year in politics and a busy year in Parliament. As always, it’s been a... Read more

It was great to catch up with the team at Caldicot Foodbank, and to say a big thanks for all they do, especially at Christmas.  And that goes for all the foodbanks in Newport too.  To donate to Caldicot Foodbank you can find details here.

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Visit to Caldicot Foodbank

It was great to catch up with the team at Caldicot Foodbank, and to say a big thanks for all they do, especially at Christmas.  And that goes for all the foodbanks in...

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Following up on concerns raised with me by Newport East-based taxi drivers, I set up a meeting between a local group of drivers and Jeff Cuthbert, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, in my constituency office.

During the meeting, the taxi drivers discussed their concerns about an increase in youths attacking their vehicles with stones and other objects, and identified Ringland, Maindee and Alway as hotspot areas for the dangerous incidents. 

Speaking after the meeting, Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert said: “I want to make it known to the culprits that this is a very dangerous game they are playing and that there will be consequences for their actions. These attacks are not only a nuisance, but have the potential to cause serious injury. I will be working in partnership with Newport City Council and Gwent Police to ensure the culprits are brought to justice and to prevent further incidents. In the meantime, I urge anyone with information to contact Gwent Police.”
 
If you have any information regarding these attacks, please contact Gwent Police via 101 or contact@gwent.pnn.police.uk

Local taxi drivers meet with PCC

Following up on concerns raised with me by Newport East-based taxi drivers, I set up a meeting between a local group of drivers and Jeff Cuthbert, the Police and Crime...

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I called for a complete ban on the domestic ivory trade in yesterday's Westminster Hall debate on the issue.

Here's my contribution to the debate:

I congratulate the hon. Member for Stafford (Jeremy Lefroy) on securing this debate on the back of a very popular petition, as well as the other hon. Members who I know have campaigned on this issue for a long time. It is clear from this debate that there is a collective will across party political lines for the UK to do more to protect the world’s elephants. As the hon. Member for Mid Derbyshire (Pauline Latham) said, they are the most magnificent animals.

I very much support the aims of this debate and the call for a complete ban on the domestic ivory trade in the UK. As other hon. Members have said, 330,000 elephants are still killed every year for their tusks—a death rate of one every quarter of an hour. Africa’s elephant population is in serious decline, mainly because of high levels of poaching; 30% of Africa’s elephants have disappeared in seven years. That ongoing tragedy was highlighted really well in the excellent programmes made by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. We should also appreciate the plight of endangered Asian elephants, as the hon. Member for Henley (John Howell) pointed out.

The Government’s announcement in September of a ban on the sale of worked ivory produced after 1947 is a step in the right direction but, as other hon. Members have said, there is still more that can and should be done. I thank my constituent Rob Hepworth, who is a former head for the convention on international trade in endangered species and an officer for the UN convention on migratory species, for his work. I also thank all the ​non-governmental organisations that briefed us for this debate on their campaigns. On Mr Hepworth’s behalf, I reiterate that it is felt that the Government’s proposals are too limited because they do not include older ivory products. Illegal ivory is often laundered and falsely claimed to be old ivory. As we have seen from the programmes and from work done by wildlife monitoring organisations, there is extensive evidence of current abuse and of ivory being smuggled to overseas markets, mainly Hong Kong.

On my constituent’s behalf, may I also raise with the Minister the Government’s actions at EU level? It is felt that they missed an important opportunity to act at the recent CITES conference in South Africa when they supported the European Commission delegation’s block vote denying maximum protection status to all African elephants. That action not only seemed to negate the pledges made in the last two Conservative manifestos to “press for a total ban on ivory sales” but simultaneously contradicted the Foreign Secretary’s criticism of the EU Commission at the Conservative party conference, in which he slammed the “absurd” EU veto on an ivory ban. Will the Minister explain why the Government acted in that way at the conference? That would really help campaigners out there.

It would also be good to get some clarity on whether the Minister is seriously considering stricter national measures to ban the UK domestic ivory trade altogether. While we remain in the EU, it would be useful to know whether she can press Brussels to amend the binding regulations that allow unrestricted sales in allegedly antique ivory without any checks or certificates, so that in effect EU countries would have to regulate ivory sales, too.

We can change the law, but—as my hon. Friend the Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann) asked—what consideration are the Government giving to enforcement? Will they give more resources to agencies such as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs wildlife inspectorate, the national wildlife crime unit, the police and Border Force for extra enforcement support? That is really important.

Finally, on behalf of Rob Hepworth, may I ask what consideration is being given to the destruction of stockpiles? I understand that the US, France, China and African states have publicly destroyed ivory to highlight the trade. Have the Government considered that? The public certainly support more action on the ivory trade; in October, as has been mentioned, more than 100 conservationists, campaigners and politicians signed an open letter to the Government to that effect. It would be good to hear from the Minister what more we in the UK can do to lead the way and to help to secure a future for wild elephants while supporting the local communities that live alongside these extraordinary creatures.

Time for a complete ban on the ivory trade

I called for a complete ban on the domestic ivory trade in yesterday's Westminster Hall debate on the issue. Here's my contribution to the debate: I congratulate the hon. Member...

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