YOUR MP WRITES: Newport East MP Jessica Morden

JUST before Christmas, the Mayor of Newport, Cllr Cliff Suller, said that in his role he never failed to find the generosity and spirit of the people of Newport overwhelming.

He was speaking at an event to mark the collection initiated by Newport Bus for the Ravenhouse Trust Food Bank.

Paul Murphy, the MP for Torfaen, said in his recent Argus column that all our food banks have seen a dramatic rise in demand over the last year – particularly from those in low paid work and those who have been hit by benefit changes.

We rightly thank those that donate, but we should also shine a light on the quiet, committed and all year round work of our churches in our community.

Every winter Newport churches work together to provide shelter for those sleeping on our streets.

Fourteen churches commit to provide a night shelter and a meal every week between November and March.

When I visited St Matthew’s Church in Maindee recently around 12 people were being helped in this way thanks to the enormous commitment of volunteers and the charity Eden Gate.

Then there are the street pastors who operate in Caldicot, Newport City Centre and elsewhere in Gwent. These are members of all denominations who are trained as volunteers to help people in difficulty on our streets late at night.

On my night out with them in the City Centre I was amazed at how well known, and well received the street pastors were by young people enjoying the night time economy.

The way that Caldicot churches join together not just to organise events and services, but also the work they are putting in jointly to open a drop in centre for the community, is something I warmly support.

Then there’s Stow Park Church’s printing project that trains young people who have never had a job. This is not to forget the fact that week in, week out congregations are collecting food for the food banks at the end of their services. And it is Ravenhouse Church, Kings Church and the Trussell Trust (based at the Christchurch Centre) who are facilitating the food banks.

Our churches are all making a hugely significant contribution to the day to day life of our communities. They are on the front line, at a difficult time, quietly helping the most vulnerable people day in day out. And this is in Newport East alone. Of course there are other similar projects and other good work across Gwent run not just by churches, but other volunteers too.

I know they don’t do it for the thanks, but thank you anyway.

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11:34pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Im sure ALL those that YOU have mentioned Jess will appreciate YOUR article and glad to see YOU went out to find what goes on in the outside world not to mention SOME politician's from ALL parties that don't ?, well done !
Im sure ALL those that YOU have mentioned Jess will appreciate YOUR article and glad to see YOU went out to find what goes on in the outside world not to mention SOME politician's from ALL parties that don't ?, well done ! Jonnytrouble

4:57pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Stormin Norman says...

Jessica

You must be one of the hardest working politicians in Wales.

You show how politicians should represent their community and not self interests like my AM Gwyn Price who should be voted the laziest politician in Wales.

Also I'm glad that you know what areas you represent as Gwyn price has no idea what towns and villages are in his constituency.

If you get bored of Westminster, the people of Islwyn would welcome you as their AM and we can send Mr Lazy back to his potting shed once and for all!!
Jessica You must be one of the hardest working politicians in Wales. You show how politicians should represent their community and not self interests like my AM Gwyn Price who should be voted the laziest politician in Wales. Also I'm glad that you know what areas you represent as Gwyn price has no idea what towns and villages are in his constituency. If you get bored of Westminster, the people of Islwyn would welcome you as their AM and we can send Mr Lazy back to his potting shed once and for all!! Stormin Norman

9:41am Thu 9 Jan 14

Daz Mondeo says...

"We rightly thank those that donate, but we should also shine a light on the quiet, committed and all year round work of our churches in our community."

"Paul Murphy, the MP for Torfaen, said in his recent Argus column that all our food banks have seen a dramatic rise in demand over the last year – particularly from those in low paid work and those who have been hit by benefit changes."

I completely agree with the above statement. I also think you should go further, and speak out in the strongest possible terms against the very preposterousness of MP's claiming expenses for the most trivial of things, let alone the disgusting abuses that we hear / read about in the press.

Also, I am very keen to know what it is you intend to do about the sheer poverty that people are facing, and when will it become apparent to the political class that more needs to be done to get real jobs, that pay an honest wage to banish all of the above.

If you do feel the need to reply to this post, then I will gladly read what you have to say, but I would prefer it if you come up with RESULTS, such as those achieved by the quiet and committed people you have mentioned.

Please be assured when you are sitting in the very comfortable and ornate publicly funded surroundings of Parliament, earning a very good salary befitting of someone who is working near what is essentially the top tier of the political career spectrum, that people are relying on you to make a real and positive difference to their lives.

On that note, I bid you good day!
"We rightly thank those that donate, but we should also shine a light on the quiet, committed and all year round work of our churches in our community." "Paul Murphy, the MP for Torfaen, said in his recent Argus column that all our food banks have seen a dramatic rise in demand over the last year – particularly from those in low paid work and those who have been hit by benefit changes." I completely agree with the above statement. I also think you should go further, and speak out in the strongest possible terms against the very preposterousness of MP's claiming expenses for the most trivial of things, let alone the disgusting abuses that we hear / read about in the press. Also, I am very keen to know what it is you intend to do about the sheer poverty that people are facing, and when will it become apparent to the political class that more needs to be done to get real jobs, that pay an honest wage to banish all of the above. If you do feel the need to reply to this post, then I will gladly read what you have to say, but I would prefer it if you come up with RESULTS, such as those achieved by the quiet and committed people you have mentioned. Please be assured when you are sitting in the very comfortable and ornate publicly funded surroundings of Parliament, earning a very good salary befitting of someone who is working near what is essentially the top tier of the political career spectrum, that people are relying on you to make a real and positive difference to their lives. On that note, I bid you good day! Daz Mondeo

12:22am Mon 13 Jan 14

Spinflight says...

"I also think you should go further, and speak out in the strongest possible terms against the very preposterousness of MP's claiming expenses for the most trivial of things, let alone the disgusting abuses that we hear / read about in the press."

She claims £140,000 a year in expenses, on top of her salary. Whatever MPs say in public they evidently don't hold the same opinion when asked behind closed doors...

"The protests come despite a recent Ipsa survey finding that 69 per cent of MPs felt they were underpaid. Their average suggested salary was £86,250, with Conservatives saying they should be paid £96,740, while Liberal Democrats thought the right amount was £78,361 and Labour £77,322."

Currently paid about £67k so her party think they're all worth an extra 10k on top of that...
"I also think you should go further, and speak out in the strongest possible terms against the very preposterousness of MP's claiming expenses for the most trivial of things, let alone the disgusting abuses that we hear / read about in the press." She claims £140,000 a year in expenses, on top of her salary. Whatever MPs say in public they evidently don't hold the same opinion when asked behind closed doors... "The protests come despite a recent Ipsa survey finding that 69 per cent of MPs felt they were underpaid. Their average suggested salary was £86,250, with Conservatives saying they should be paid £96,740, while Liberal Democrats thought the right amount was £78,361 and Labour £77,322." Currently paid about £67k so her party think they're all worth an extra 10k on top of that... Spinflight

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