Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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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...

My article for the South Wales Argus 'Your MP writes' column published today. 

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/15512447.YOUR_MP_WRITES__Newport_East_MP_Jessica_Morden/

 

Article in South Wales Argus

My article for the South Wales Argus 'Your MP writes' column published today.  http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/15512447.YOUR_MP_WRITES__Newport_East_MP_Jessica_Morden/  

Along with my Welsh Labour colleagues in Parliament, I have signed a letter to the UK Government calling for investment in Welsh rail infrastructure. Wales has been let down by this Conservative Government, and we can't afford to be left behind.

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UK Government must invest in Welsh rail infrastructure

Along with my Welsh Labour colleagues in Parliament, I have signed a letter to the UK Government calling for investment in Welsh rail infrastructure. Wales has been let down by...

Thank you to all the Newport County fans who've been in touch with me to highlight their concerns about the lack of coverage of County games on BBC Radio Wales.

I've written to the Editor of BBC Radio Wales to outline the concerns that have been raised with me, and have asked for improved coverage of the County.

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County radio coverage

Thank you to all the Newport County fans who've been in touch with me to highlight their concerns about the lack of coverage of County games on BBC Radio Wales....

Please find below a report of my work during June and July. Please 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 follow me on twitter @jessicamordenmp or facebook

Parliamentary Report

Please find below a report of my work during June and July. Please get in touch if you have a case you wish me to raise or would like to let me... Read more

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