Jessica Morden is the Labour Candidate for Newport East. She was first elected in the 2005 General Election - the first female MP in Gwent. In 2017 she was re-elected for a fourth term with an increased majority of 8,003.

Jessica and her partner Sion live in Maindee. They have two children, Mali and Ifan, who both attend local schools.

Brought up in nearby Cwmbran, she was educated at Croesyceiliog School before reading History at Birmingham University. Following University she was also a student at Coleg Gwent Nash Campus. Before becoming a Member of Parliament Jessica worked for two local MP’s (Llew Smith in Blaenau Gwent and Huw Edwards in Monmouth) and served as General Secretary for the Welsh Labour Party.

Jessica is an honorary Vice President of Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge and Newport Male Voice Choir. She is also President of the Jerome Gatehouse Collection, a member of Newport Credit Union and Newport County Supporters’ Trust, and a supporter of Caldicot Male Voice Choir.


Jessica served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Wales The Rt Hon Peter Hain MP until May 2010, and later as Shadow Parliamentary Private Secretary to Owen Smith MP during his time as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales.

In her first term Jessica successfully completed the Police Parliamentary Scheme, spending a month during recess with a range of Departments and frontline Police Officers in Gwent Police. She was also appointed by the Speaker to the Members’ Advisory Committee to oversee the setting up of the first ever Nursery in the House of Commons.

Jessica served as a Senior Whip in the Opposition Whips’ office with responsibility for EU Withdrawal, Wales and Prime Minister’s Questions.

Posts held in Parliament:

  • Officer for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Steel and other Metal-Related Industries (July 2005 – present)
  • Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness (2017-present, Chair from 2015-2017)
  • Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Wales Hospitality and Tourism
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Suicide Prevention
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children in Wales
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Rail in Wales
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on State Pension Inequality for Women
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinsons
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Energy Intensive Industries
  • Member of PCS Parliamentary Group
  • Member of GMB Parliamentary Group
  • Member of Committee of Selection
  • Member of the Speakers Committee on Electoral Registration
  • Member of House of Commons Administration Committee


Posts previously held in Parliament:

  • Secretary of the Welsh Group of MPs
  • President of the Young People’s Trust for the Environment
  • Welsh Affairs Select Committee (2005-2007, 2010-2015)
  • Justice Select Committee (2007-2010)
  • Constitutional Affairs Select Committee (2005-2007)
  • Modernisation of the House Select Committee (2005-2006)

MPs allowances and expenses

IPSA was created in 2009 by the Parliamentary Standards Act. The Act was amended in 2010 by the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act. Together they gave IPSA three main responsibilities:

  • To regulate MPs’ business costs and expenses.
  • To determine MPs’ pay and pension arrangements.
  • To provide financial support to MPs in carrying out their parliamentary functions.

IPSA is independent of Parliament and the Government. They take decisions about the rules on business costs and expenses and on MPs’ pay, without interference from MP’s.

All expenses are public and are published on their website and you can access the information here


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