Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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I'm pleased to have secured a parliamentary debate on the future operation of the Severn Bridges next Tuesday.

Any constituents & businesses from Newport East who want to share views, please email jessica.morden.mp@parliament.uk

 

Severn Bridges debate

I'm pleased to have secured a parliamentary debate on the future operation of the Severn Bridges next Tuesday. Any constituents & businesses from Newport East who want to share views,...

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I welcome this week's new report from All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Steel containing key recommendations for securing a long-term future for the British steel industry, including in Newport. The report – ‘Steel 2020: Forging a future for the British steel industry’ – demands that the UK Government takes ‘urgent and strategic action’ to enable the industry to re-build and thrive, and to ensure that steel plays a central role in developing an industrial strategy for an expanded manufacturing base in the UK.

This is a wide-ranging report which offers a path towards a brighter future for the UK steel industry if imminent action is taken. While highlighting that steel industry in the UK remains in an increasingly precarious position, the report rightly emphasises that steel is not a ‘sunset industry’ and can actually play a key role at the frontline of innovation – over two thirds of the steel we produce in the UK today did not exist a decade ago. I was delighted that the report identified the huge potential of cutting-edge steel work in Newport East at the Zodiac plant in Llanwern and the electric steels facility at Orb.

The economic costs of the loss of the British steel industry are far greater than the costs of investment. We need the UK Government to support the development of a more competitive environment for our steel industry before it is too late. Steelworkers in South Wales and across the UK are counting on them.

Key recommendations to the UK Government outlined in the report include:

- Asking Ministers to take urgent action to reduce the UK’s uncompetitive industrial energy costs;
- Calling for action against illegal steel dumping by China – including through opposing any future attempts by China to secure Market Economy Status;
 - Imploring Government to introduce stronger procurement rules to increase domestic steel content in manufacturing and construction;
 - A call for greater investment in skills and research & development, with consideration given to a nationwide programme based on the Welsh Government’s ProAct scheme to provide wage subsidy support for the steel industry to help retain skilled staff;
 - An emphasis on the need for greater worker and trade union representation on UK steel company boards, based on the relative success of this model in parts of Europe and the USA.

The report also highlights the crucial importance of the UK securing a constructive free trade deal with the EU after Brexit, given that the UK currently exports three times as much steel to other EU countries as it does to all other export markets put together.

The Argus covered the report launch here: http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/15042481.7_point_plan_set_out_for_steel_industry

Time for Government to act to secure long-term future for UK steel industry

I welcome this week's new report from All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Steel containing key recommendations for securing a long-term future for the British steel industry, including in Newport....

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This week I spoke in a House of Commons debate on the future of infrastructure projects in Wales post-Brexit, and called on the Government to be "crystal clear" about guaranteeing funding for the South Wales metro after we leave the European Union.
 
Wales has secured around €5 billion in structural funds for the period 2014 to 2020. Although the UK Government has said it will guarantee funding for projects funded by the EU, it has still been unable to clarify comments made by the Chancellor in last year’s Autumn Statement that this applies to those projects “signed before the autumn statement”, and that those signed afterwards would have to be assessed by the Treasury against a set of criteria. 

EU structural funds have been used in South East Wales to fund urban development including regeneration in Newport, the Wetlands, and £106 million will be needed as a contribution to the South Wales Metro.
 
The development of the South Wales Metro is crucial to economic development and connectivity in my constituency.  Whilst we have had some assurances from the UK Government Ministers that they will support projects like the metro, we still don't have any guarantees post-2020, and there is uncertainty about those projects signed off after the Autumn statement.
 
The South Wales Metro would mean quicker and more regular services for stations in and around Newport, and include connecting communities in Magor and Llanwern.  It could also pave the way for further development, ensuring that Newport has the infrastructure it needs to grow and build on the excellent work of the Welsh Government and Newport City Council.

Government must end uncertainty on funding for Metro

This week I spoke in a House of Commons debate on the future of infrastructure projects in Wales post-Brexit, and called on the Government to be "crystal clear" about guaranteeing funding for the...

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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

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