Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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This week I was delighted to host a drop-in event in Parliament for MPs with constituency links to GFG Alliance steel sites across the UK. GFG Alliance CEO Sanjeev Gupta (pictured) gave me an update on their innovative work at Liberty Steel and Uskmouth in Newport.

The GFG Alliance – and their offshoot companies Liberty House Steel and SIMEC - have a long term, sustainable industrial strategy and are actively investing in steel, power and in downstream industries. This is all built around a ‘GREENSTEEL’ vision which is seeing them working towards producing steel made from recycled scrap metal powered by renewable power. This is an important addition to the traditional steel making industry, and it’s good to see the company continuing to invest in Newport and utilise our local skills base

GFG Alliance in Parliament

This week I was delighted to host a drop-in event in Parliament for MPs with constituency links to GFG Alliance steel sites across the UK. GFG Alliance CEO Sanjeev Gupta...

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It was good to learn more about Newport Live's new 'Draig Dwr' swimming initiative. You can find out more at www.newportlive.co.uk/sport-leisure/swimming/draig-dwr

 

Draig Dwr

It was good to learn more about Newport Live's new 'Draig Dwr' swimming initiative. You can find out more at www.newportlive.co.uk/sport-leisure/swimming/draig-dwr  

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As many people may have heard in the news and from Money Saving Expert's campaign, Local Authorities can offer residents with 'mental health impairments', including dementia, discounts and exemptions on their Council Tax.

Council Tax discounts for severe mental impairment

As many people may have heard in the news and from Money Saving Expert's campaign, Local Authorities can offer residents with 'mental health impairments', including dementia, discounts and exemptions on their... Read more

corbynconference.jpgJeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton today, said:

Jeremy Corbyn's speech to Labour Conference 2017

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton today, said: Read more

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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