Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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Today I pressed the UK Transport Minister on when he will publish the date of the public consultation on the future of the Severn Bridges.

Still no date for Severn Bridges consultation

Today I pressed the UK Transport Minister on when he will publish the date of the public consultation on the future of the Severn Bridges. Read more

Newport East residents are among thousands to have suffered due to problems with HMRC contractor Concentrix.

Concentrix contract not renewed

Newport East residents are among thousands to have suffered due to problems with HMRC contractor Concentrix. Read more

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This week I got a chance to put a question to the new PM, Theresa May on steel during the G20 Summit statement.  As reported by the Mirror and Guardian, the PM did not specifically mention the issue of Chinese overproduction of steel during her first meeting with the Chinese President which is a missed opportunity.  My question and the PM’s reply are here

In Parliament

This week I got a chance to put a question to the new PM, Theresa May on steel during the G20 Summit statement.  As reported by the Mirror and Guardian,... Read more

I've signed a petition calling on Marks and Spencer to reconsider its proposals to cut staff pay following the introduction of new national minimum wage, or so-called National Living Wage, of £8.50 an hour.

Under the company’s proposals, which are currently out for consultation, pension contributions would be reduced, along with pay for bank holidays and employees working anti-social hours. Long-established premium pay arrangements for Sunday working would also be cut. It is estimated that over 11,000 M&S workers could be affected by the changes.

The petition opposing the proposals has now received almost 100,000 signatures on change.org, and was presented to the senior management team at the company’s flagship Oxford Street store in London last week by a delegation of MPs led by Labour’s Siobhan McDonagh. The petition has also received support from the Usdaw and GMB trades unions, with the GMB criticising M&S for ‘giving with one hand and taking away with the other’ when it came to the introduction of the National Living Wage.

These proposals have understandably generated a great deal of anger and frustration among the loyal M&S workforce; many of whom would be set to lose out significantly both in terms of take-home pay and hard-earned pension contributions. If pushed through, these changes would damage M&S’ public reputation and leave a sour taste in the mouth for customers and the staff who serve them, particularly those who have worked for the company for the longest amount of time and seem to be disproportionately targeted by the proposed cuts.

You can sign the petition at:
https://www.change.org/p/marks-spencers-don-t-make-staff-cu…

Don't make staff cuts to pay living wage

I've signed a petition calling on Marks and Spencer to reconsider its proposals to cut staff pay following the introduction of new national minimum wage, or so-called National Living Wage,...

standupforsteel.jpgI was pleased to have been elected Vice Chair of the steel group of MPs yesterday in Parliament. Lots of work to do to help save our steel industry.

Steel Group of MPs

I was pleased to have been elected Vice Chair of the steel group of MPs yesterday in Parliament. Lots of work to do to help save our steel industry.

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Many congratulations to Eleri Thomas on becoming the new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent.

Eleri, a former head of Save The Children in Wales, was awarded an MBE in 2009 for her services to children and young people. She led a national stakeholder group on child sexual exploitation which co-ordinated the UK submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and has extensive experience in dealing with Welsh Government, Police Forces, local authorities and health boards to push for improved outcomes for the most vulnerable individuals in our society.

I wish Eleri all the best in her new role, and look forward to supporting the work that she and our PCC Jeff Cuthbert undertake; pushing for effective local police services, tackling anti-social behaviour, and ensuring support is in place for victims of crime across Gwent.

New Deputy PCC for Gwent

  Many congratulations to Eleri Thomas on becoming the new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent. Eleri, a former head of Save The Children in Wales, was awarded an...

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Following the sad passing of long-serving councillor Ed Townsend, a by-election will be held in St Julians this Thursday.


I would encourage local residents to vote for our Welsh Labour candidate, Phil Hourahine.

Phil was born and raised in St Julians, and still lives in the area. Phil will work tirelessly on behalf of all residents in the ward, and has already set out some of his key priorities, including his commitment to working with the Police to tackle anti-social behaviour and pushing for investment and regeneration of the Caerleon Road and Riverside areas.

Speaking about Phil's campaign Cllr Debbie Wilcox, Labour leader of Newport City Council, said: "Phil is a local person who has great experience both professionally and personally to bring to the role of councillor, and he will be a great advocate for the residents of St Julians. As a former resident of the ward myself, I know that Phil will engage with every part of the area and deal with everyday concerns in an efficient and responsible manner. He will make a great contribution to the wider Labour team in St Julians and in Newport City Council."

Remember to vote for Phil & Labour this Thursday.

St Julians by-election

Following the sad passing of long-serving councillor Ed Townsend, a by-election will be held in St Julians this Thursday. I would encourage local residents to vote for our Welsh Labour...

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It’s great to see Newport Citizens Advice Bureau promoting Scams Awareness Month, which runs through July.

Scams affect millions of families across the UK every year, and their impact can be ruinous. Traditional methods of scamming – including doorstep selling and cold-call ‘vishing’ – continue to pose a threat. However, we also need to be wary of a multitude of new and developed techniques employed by scammers; from fake IT services and premium rate text traps to online scams and the sale of a diverse range of counterfeit goods.

Newport Citizens Advice Bureau are asking consumers to act on their concerns, and to obtain advice from the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 03454 04 05 06 and report scams to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040. They are also hosting a Scams Awareness Campaign stand in Friars Walk at the end of July.

For more information on Scams Awareness visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scams-awareness-month, or follow @NewportCAB on twitter for updates and tips on beating the scammers.

Scams Awareness Month

It’s great to see Newport Citizens Advice Bureau promoting Scams Awareness Month, which runs through July. Scams affect millions of families across the UK every year, and their impact can...

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I’m supporting the ‘Stay Safe’ campaign aimed at preventing members of the public from drowning in quarry lakes, reservoirs and similar types of open water.

‘Stay Safe’ – which is being promoted by the Mineral Productions Association, the Royal National Lifeboat Association, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Royal Life Saving Society –is particularly keen to emphasise the risks posed by ‘cold water shock’.  This reaction to very cold water can cause a rapid and involuntary bout of gasping and water insulation, which can be a threat to life within two minutes.

The campaign compliments the UK Drowning Prevention Strategy 2016 which aims to halve the 400 accidental drownings that occur across the UK each year. It’s important that we raise awareness of cold water shock and drowning, especially among our young people who perhaps are most at risk.

MPA Stay Safe Campaign

I’m supporting the ‘Stay Safe’ campaign aimed at preventing members of the public from drowning in quarry lakes, reservoirs and similar types of open water. ‘Stay Safe’ – which is...

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It was a pleasure to meet up with PC Phillip Williams in Parliament this week.

PC Williams - who has served with neighbourhood, response and crime teams across Gwent, including in Caldicot and Rogiet - has just been awarded a Police Bravery Award for his outstanding actions on duty in November 2014. Arriving at an extremely isolated murder scene, PC Williams put the safety of others before his own in arresting the offender while waiting for help to arrive at the scene.

This sort of selfless action in the face of danger typifies the risks our police force take to keep us safe, and we owe PC Williams a huge debt of gratitude for his continued service to our community.

Police Bravery Awards 2016

It was a pleasure to meet up with PC Phillip Williams in Parliament this week. PC Williams - who has served with neighbourhood, response and crime teams across Gwent, including...

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