Jessica Morden

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Jessica Morden
Member of Parliament
for Newport East
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Alan Howarth
Majority 1,650 (4.8%)
Personal details
Born (1968-05-29) 29 May 1968 (age 50)
Surrey, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Birmingham

Jessica Elizabeth Morden (born 29 May 1968) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Newport East since 2005.


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

Political career

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 Wales Labour Party and organized some of the election campaigns for the 1997 election.[1]

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]

Morden was re-elected at the 2015 general election with an increased majority of 4,705.

Charity Work

Morden is one of nine presidents of The Young People's Trust for the Environment.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "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. YPTE: Presidents

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alan Howarth
Member of Parliament for Newport East