Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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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.

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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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Last week in Parliament I spoke up for Newport East constituents affected by the closure of Tesco’s Cardiff customer operations centre, where 1,100 jobs will be lost by February 2018.

In a debate led by new Cardiff North Labour MP Anna McMorrin, I highlighted that the impact of job losses on this scale would be felt not just in Cardiff but across South Wales. I also shared the account of a Newport East constituent working at the Cardiff customer operations centre who had reported that Tesco were outsourcing parts of the business to a site in Bury, Greater Manchester, and had called for the company to be more transparent about its plans.

A number of constituents who work at the Tesco centre in Cardiff have been in touch with me, and are understandably devastated to have received the news of the closure out of the blue. There is also a great deal of frustration about the lack of transparency from Tesco on the rationale behind the closure and the number of jobs moving from South Wales to Dundee. I am in contact with the Usdaw trade union, and I know that they will be entering into consultation talks with the company over the coming weeks to push for more information on the business case behind the closure. Tesco still have questions to answer here, and I will continue to monitor the situation closely on behalf of all Newport East residents affected.

Nick Ireland, Usdaw’s Divisional Officer said : “We are grateful to Anna McMorrin MP and her Labour colleagues for combining to raise directly with the Government the difficulties facing our members at Tesco’s Cardiff call centre.

“Consultation talks with the company are continuing and we expect them to continue for as long as it takes, regardless of the statutory period. Our priorities are to keep as many as possible in employment, whether that is with Tesco or other local employers, and to get the best possible deal for our members. In the meantime we are providing the help, advice and support Usdaw members need through this process.”

Push for answers on Tesco operations centre jobs

Last week in Parliament I spoke up for Newport East constituents affected by the closure of Tesco’s Cardiff customer operations centre, where 1,100 jobs will be lost by February 2018....

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Having campaigned for many years, alongside Labour colleagues, for the Government to act on the Severn Bridge tolls, today's news is welcome. 

Reaction to Severn Tolls announcement

Having campaigned for many years, alongside Labour colleagues, for the Government to act on the Severn Bridge tolls, today's news is welcome.  Read more

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