Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

News

It is so hard to come up with words in these terrible circumstances. Jo was hugely talented, committed and a beautiful person. All our love and prayers to her family.

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Jo Cox MP

It is so hard to come up with words in these terrible circumstances. Jo was hugely talented, committed and a beautiful person. All our love and prayers to her family.... Read more

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I met up with representatives from the Royal British Legion in Parliament this week to hear about the charity’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign.

Count Me In aims to ensure formal recognition for the armed forces community in the next UK Census in order to improve understanding of their unique needs. It is estimated that there are currently between 6.5 million and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK, representing about a tenth of the population. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group.

Including new questions on the next census would provide public bodies, local authorities, and charities with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community, including here in Newport East.

Speaking after the launch of the campaign in Parliament, Royal British Legion Director-General Chris Simpkins said: “As a nation we promise to provide lifelong care and support for those who serve our country. By adding questions to the 2021 UK Census, we can help public bodies and charities deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community, when and where it is needed most. We thank Jessica for adding her support to our campaign: together I’m confident that we can make the next census count for our Armed Forces community”

For more information on the #CountThemIn campaign, visit www.britishlegion.org.uk

Count Them In

I met up with representatives from the Royal British Legion in Parliament this week to hear about the charity’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign. Count Me In aims to ensure formal...

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I’m backing Cervical Screening Awareness Week, which runs from the 13th-19th June 2016. The Awareness Week, part of a wider campaign led by Jo’s Trust, aims to boost participation in screenings for cervical cancer. Research from the charity shows that cervical cancer affects over 3,000 women across the UK each year, with 1,000 losing their lives.
 
Cervical cancer affects thousands of families across the UK, and eight new cases of the disease are diagnosed each day. Smear tests prevent 75% of cervical cancers from developing, yet a quarter of British women do not attend screenings when invited. The overall uptake of cervical screenings in Wales is slightly higher than in other parts of the UK, but there has still been an alarming decline in smear test participation over the last twenty years.
 
Cervical Screening Awareness Week is a good opportunity to highlight the life-threatening risks posed by cervical cancer, and a chance to encourage as many women as possible to attend a smear test. If we can increase the numbers taking part in this simple and effective check-up, many more lives could be saved.
 
To find out more, visit https://www.jostrust.org.uk/

Cervical Screening Awareness Week

I’m backing Cervical Screening Awareness Week, which runs from the 13th-19th June 2016. The Awareness Week, part of a wider campaign led by Jo’s Trust, aims to boost participation in...

If you’re travelling abroad this summer, watch out for high mobile phone charges. Ofcom – the independent regulator for the UK communications industry – have launched a national campaign encouraging British holiday-makers to be wary of charges for internet mobile data when travelling, and in particular to remember to turn off ‘data roaming’ while out of the country.

As members of the European Union, we are fortunate that the cost of using our phones in other EU countries is capped. Similarly there is a limit on data roaming charges in the European Union.

However, it is still very easy to get caught out and run up a sizeable phone bill without meaning to. Ofcom are calling on holidaymakers, including Welsh football fans travelling to Euro 2016 in France, to take simple precautions to avoid hefty charges this summer.

Simple steps - including making use of Wi-Fi hot-spots, turning off mobile data, and considering buying a local pay-as-you-go sim to ring home – can make a big difference. I’d encourage everyone to take a look at the latest Ofcom guidance and advice at: http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/phone/mobile-phones/mobiles-abroad

Watching out for roaming charges

If you’re travelling abroad this summer, watch out for high mobile phone charges. Ofcom – the independent regulator for the UK communications industry – have launched a national campaign encouraging...

Next week we finally have our say in the crucial referendum on our membership of the EU. Whilst in General and National Assembly elections we choose our representatives and Governments for five year terms – this is a decision which we will have to live with for decades to come and will shape our children’s future.

My article in the South Wales Argus

Next week we finally have our say in the crucial referendum on our membership of the EU. Whilst in General and National Assembly elections we choose our representatives and Governments... Read more

labourin.JPGOn June 23rd Britain will make an extremely important decision - whether to Remain or Leave the European Union. The Tory divisions are overshadowing the real debate. The Labour Party overwhelmingly believes that we are better off remaining in the European Union.

EU referendum - Vote with us to remain

On June 23rd Britain will make an extremely important decision - whether to Remain or Leave the European Union. The Tory divisions are overshadowing the real debate. The Labour Party overwhelmingly believes that we are... Read more

I joined campaigners in calling on the UK Government to provide greater clarity and direction on the future of the Severn Bridge tolls during a ‘Severn Bridge Summit’ in parliament today.

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Severn Bridge Summit

I joined campaigners in calling on the UK Government to provide greater clarity and direction on the future of the Severn Bridge tolls during a ‘Severn Bridge Summit’ in parliament today.... Read more

Steel 

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This week hundreds of steel workers from across the UK marched past Parliament to urge the Government to support the steel industry in this time of uncertainty.  I met with the group from Llanwern and Cogent Orb and their union representatives to support the campaign and I spoke in the statement on steel in the Commons Chamber on Thursday.  There are hundreds of steelworkers in Newport East but also many more who are steel pensioners and concerns were raised in the questions to the Minister here.  On the last day before the half term recess the Government raised the issue of amendments to the pension fund.  This will affect many people so needs to be carefully scrutinised.  I also met with Nissan who held an event to highlight the importance of their supply chain which includes the Zodiac Line at Llanwern. Here’s my contribution on the importance of ensuring we maintain customer confidence in these difficult times.

In Parliament

Steel  This week hundreds of steel workers from across the UK marched past Parliament to urge the Government to support the steel industry in this time of uncertainty.  I met... Read more

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On 19th May Labour launched Workplace 2020, which will be at the heart of how Labour is going to develop our alternative for the workforce of the 21st century

Launch of 'Workplace 2020'

On 19th May Labour launched Workplace 2020, which will be at the heart of how Labour is going to develop our alternative for the workforce of the 21st century.  Read more

powerto_the_bump.JPGAs part of their ongoing work to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched #powertothebump, a digital campaign to help young expectant and new mums understand and use their rights at work. 

Power to the bump

As part of their ongoing work to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched #powertothebump, a digital campaign to help young expectant and new... Read more

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