Jessica Morden

Labour Candidate for Newport East

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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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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...

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