Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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I very much enjoyed meeting sixth-formers from St Julians School in Parliament this week.

Thank you to Mrs Griffiths, Mr King and all the pupils who visited - it was great to see you.

St Julians School visit to Parliament

I very much enjoyed meeting sixth-formers from St Julians School in Parliament this week. Thank you to Mrs Griffiths, Mr King and all the pupils who visited - it was great to see...

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It was a pleasure to visit Magor Baptist Church last weekend to celebrate the church's 200th anniversary.

Like many of the chapels and churches of South Wales, Magor Baptist Church has remained at the heart of the community across generations.

The church's mission statement - 'Growing and sharing in God's love' - has been typified by the congregation's commitment to good causes at home and abroad over the years.

One example of this the church's long-standing link with the Kitetikka School and Orphanage in Kampala, Uganda. Charitable donations from the congregation in Magor have supported some of the schoool's most impoverished pupils through their studies, and purchased new bicycles for children who would otherwise have had to walk long distances to the school each day. Contributions from Magor Baptist Church have also helped the school purchase a new school coach and new on-site facilities, including a science laboratory for the high school and a new dormitory for the orphanage.

Magor Baptist Church 200th Anniversary

It was a pleasure to visit Magor Baptist Church last weekend to celebrate the church's 200th anniversary. Like many of the chapels and churches of South Wales, Magor Baptist Church...

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It was a pleasure to join Newport City Council leader Cllr Debbie Wilcox and the Mayor and Mayoress of Newport at a reception on HMS Severn this weekend for the ship's 'homecoming' visit to Newport.

HMS Severn - which has been affiliated with Newport since 2003 - was returning home after a successful eight-month deployment across the Caribbean, where she provided security and reassurance to the British Overseas Territories and dependencies.

The ship has travelled over 30,000 miles whilst away, visiting 29 ports across 20 different countries and islands.

HMS Severn's homecoming visit to Newport

It was a pleasure to join Newport City Council leader Cllr Debbie Wilcox and the Mayor and Mayoress of Newport at a reception on HMS Severn this weekend for the ship's 'homecoming' visit to Newport. HMS...

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Like many others across the country, I have been deeply worried to read reports of a spate of incidences of racial abuse across the UK following the result of the EU Referendum.

I was pleased to see our new Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert sending out a clear message this week that racial abuse and other forms of hate crime will not be tolerated in Gwent. The PCC stressed that hate incidents and crimes can come in many forms – from graffiti, vandalism and written and verbal insults to threatening behaviour and physical attacks. All are equally divisive and deplorable.

We live in an area that has always been proud of its multiculturalism. Newport’s history and identity has been shaped by migration, and we should celebrate the spirit of tolerance that has always existed in our community.

If you aware of a hate incident or crime, please report it directly to Gwent Police as soon as you can – 101 in a non-emergency situation, and 999 in an emergency.

No tolerance for hate crime in Gwent

Like many others across the country, I have been deeply worried to read reports of a spate of incidences of racial abuse across the UK following the result of the...

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This afternoon I joined a demonstration outside the Palace of Westminster in support of women hit by the acceleration of the equalisation of the State Pension Age, a change which began in 1995 and was compounded in 2011.

In Newport East, according to the independent House of Commons Library, around 3320 women are directly affected by the 2011 Pensions Act alone. Over a thousand Gwent residents have signed the e-petition calling for transitional arrangements, which received almost 200,000 signatures nationwide.

The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign works to lobby the Government to introduce transitional arrangements for those women affected, many of whom were not notified about the changes, and took early retirement, leaving them without any income.

We want to get the best outcome for these women, many of whom have worked hard for decades without taking a penny out of the system. I hope we will soon have the equitable outcome that the WASPI women deserve.

WASPI campaign at Parliament today

This afternoon I joined a demonstration outside the Palace of Westminster in support of women hit by the acceleration of the equalisation of the State Pension Age, a change which began in...

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This morning I was in Newport city centre with Peter Hain talking to people about the EU referendum.

Talking to voters in Newport this morning

This morning I was in Newport city centre with Peter Hain talking to people about the EU referendum.

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A big thank you to Llanvaches residents for organising the Big Lunch earlier this month.

There was a good turn out on the day, and it was a pleasure to once again judge the dog show.

Llanvaches Big Lunch

A big thank you to Llanvaches residents for organising the Big Lunch earlier this month. There was a good turn out on the day, and it was a pleasure to...

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...

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