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Jessica Morden is the Labour MP for Newport East. She was first elected in the 2005 General Election – the first female MP in Gwent. In 2019 she was re-elected for a fifth term.
Jessica and her partner Sion live in Maindee with their 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 serves the Shadow Deputy Leader of the House, as well as a Senior Whip in the Opposition Whips’ office with responsibility Wales, Prime Minister’s Questions, BEIS and Climate Change.
Posts held in Parliament:
- Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
- Shadow Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Senior Whip)
- Chair of the Joint and Select Committees on Statutory Instruments
- Opposition Whip for PMQs, and the Shadow Wales, BEIS and Climate Change Teams
- Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality, Events and Major Food and Drink Businesses in Wales
- Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Steel and other Metal-Related Industries
- Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Western Gateway
- Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness
- Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Motor Neurone Disease
- Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Industrial Heritage
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Rail in Wales
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wetlands
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Georgia
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poland
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Groupon Terminal Illness
- Member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Armenia
- Member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Film
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Key Cities
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nutrition for Growth
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinsons
- Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Gut Microbiome
- Member of PCS Parliamentary Group
- Member of GMB Parliamentary Group
- Member, House of Commons Administration Committee
- Member, Speakers Committee on Electoral Registration
- Member, Committee of Selection
Posts previously held in Parliament:
- Secretary of the Welsh Group of MPs
- President of the Young People’s Trust for the Environment
- Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Wales (2007-2009)
- Opposition Whip for the Shadow Exiting the European Union, DCMS and Scotland teams
- Member of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee (2005-2007, 2010-2015)
- Member of the Justice Select Committee (2007-2010)
- Member of the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee (2005-2007)
- Member of the 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