As you may already know I have organised a Hustings for Newport East, at St Julians Baptist Church, Beaufort Road on April 17th (7:30), which will feature several of the candidates in a question time format.

In the run up to the event on Friday I have decided to blog each day, presenting a profile of each of the candidates that will be at the event.  The profiles are taken direct from the candidates own websites and I present them here with no bias or preference, they are simply presented to give you a little more insight into each person.

So here is the first one, in no particular order. Check back tomorrow for another.


Jessica Morden

Labour Candidate for Newport East

Dear Resident,

This election is one of the most important we have had for a generation. The choice on 7th May is between a Tory Government putting a privileged few first or a Labour Government that cares about the people of Newport East.

Over the past 5 years as your MP I have worked hard to help those who have been affected by Tory/Lib Dem Government policies.

If re-elected on 7th May I will continue to campaign on the local issues that you raise with me. I will push for a reduction in the Severn Bridge tolls when they return to public ownership in 2018, better rail services and infrastructure, policies to support local jobs in industries such as steel, and the public sector hit hard by Tory Government cuts.

I pledge to continue to support Newport Council and the Welsh Government’s excellent initiatives which are regenerating our City, and to work with groups from Maindee to Caldicot to make our communities better.

I would be grateful for your support for Labour in this election.

Best wishes,
Jessica Morden
Labour Candidate

Jessica Morden was the Labour MP for Newport East from 2005 up to this General Election, and is standing again. She was elected in the 2005 General Election and was re-elected in the 2010 General Election. She was elected as the first female MP in South East Wales.


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.


Shadow Parliamentary Private Secretary to Owen Smith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales.

Secretary of the Welsh Group of MPs.

Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Wales The Rt Hon Peter Hain MP until May 2010

Member of the Welsh Affairs Committee

Vice-Chair for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Steel and other Metal-Related Industries (July 2005 – 2015)

Chair for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children in Wales (July 2005 – 2015)

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.

Appointed by the speaker to the Members’ Advisory Committee to oversee the setting up of the first ever Nursery in the House of Commons.

Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Suicide Prevention

The hustings is a free event, for more information please contact me:

Andy Long

tel:07801 883420