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Jessica Elizabeth Morden (born 29 May 1968) is a British Labour Party politician, who was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Newport East in 2005.

Jessica Morden

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Chair of the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments
Assumed office
14 November 2018
Preceded byDerek Twigg
Member of Parliament
for Newport East
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byAlan Howarth
Majority8,003 (21.7%)
Personal details
Born (1968-05-29) 29 May 1968 (age 51)
Surrey, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham

Early life and careerEdit

Morden was born in Surrey, England and brought up in Cwmbran and educated at Croesyceiliog School before reading History at University of Birmingham.

In 1991, Morden worked for Huw Edwards, MP for Monmouth and between 1992 and 1995 she worked for Llew Smith, MP for Blaenau Gwent. Before becoming an MP, Morden was General Secretary of the Welsh Labour and organized some of the election campaigns for the 1997 election.[1]

Parliamentary careerEdit

Morden was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Newport East in 2005 by the all-women shortlists method.[1] She was elected as the first female MP in South East Wales with a 6,800 majority.

Morden claimed a total of £167,060 in expenses in 2007/08, the 30th highest amount claimed by the 643 members of the House of Commons. Within approved guidelines, Morden used some of the expenses allowance which was unspent from the previous year to provide additional office space after having a baby;[2] the previous year she claimed £133,592, the 406th highest that year.[3]

She supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[4]

Morden was re-elected at the 2017 general election with a much increased majority of 8,003.

Charity WorkEdit

Morden is one of nine presidents of The Young People's Trust for the Environment.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Thrilled to win right to fight for city seat". South Wales Argus. 21 February 2005. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  2. ^ Chalk, Ailsa (31 March 2009). "Gwent MPs claim £896,337 in the last year". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Jessica Morden". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Our Team | Presidents, Trustees and Staff". Young People's Trust For the Environment.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alan Howarth
Member of Parliament for Newport East
Party political offices
Preceded by
Anita Gale
General Secretary of Welsh Labour
Succeeded by
Chris Roberts