As someone born and raised in the valleys, it is an honour to be elected to represent the community of Islwyn in Parliament. Brought up in the Rhondda valleys, I was educated at Porth County Comprehensive, Pontypridd College and Trinity College, Carmarthen where I graduated with a history degree.
Upon finishing university, I worked for Jack Brown (Bookmakers) Ltd before moving on to work for Lloyds TSB as a Personal Account Manager and then later working at the University of Glamorgan.
In 2004, I was appointed as a trade union official with the Union of Finance Staff where I campaigned to save finance and IT jobs from being off-shored.
Most recently, I spent four years working as parliamentary researcher to Don Touhig, the former MP for Islwyn, until his decision to stand down at the May 2010 General Election.
I have been a member of the Labour Party since the age of 15, holding positions at every level of the Party. I am also a member of Unite, the Fabian Society and the Co-operative Party.
Having previously stood for Parliament in 2005 as the Labour candidate in Cheltenham, I was elected the Member of Parliament for Islwyn in 2010.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, running as well as watching most sports.
- Co-operative MPs celebrate Co-operatives Fortnight (6 Jul 2013)Today, International Co-operatives Day, marks the close of Co-operatives Fortnight 2013, celebrated around the country by co-operative enterprises. Our Members of Parliament made their own contribution by organising a Parliamentary debate, highlighting the great work of co-ops here and abroad. The debate was organized by Chris Evans, Labour & Co-operative MP for Islwyn. Throughout the […]
- Co-operative MPs debate a better banking system (25 Jul 2012)Earlier this month, a Parliamentary debate gave Labour & Co-operative MPs the chance to raise their concerns with the current banking culture and structure. Sharon Hou reviews their ideas for a better banking system based on co-operative values. As our Parliamentary Group Chair, Cathy Jamieson MP declared during the debate, ‘the culture of banking must […]
- Chris Evans MP: How the banks can tackle financial exclusion (22 Mar 2012)Co-operative Member of Parliament Chris Evans MP outlines the background to his Banking Disclosure and Responsibility Bill in Parliament. It has been in vogue of late by all political parties to bash the banks. While nearly everyone has been quick to blame the banks for the financial collapse, very few have asked where do we go […]
- Our MPs working for a fairer economy (8 Feb 2012)Parliamentary Officer Joe Fortune outlines the work Co-operative MPs are doing in Parliament to make our economy fairer. The Co-operative Party Parliamentary Group has always sought to provide the movement a range of activity in Westminster, whether it is promoting co-operative legislation, promoting the ideas of the movement and scrutinising proposals to ensure that the co-operative angle is […]
- Is the Coalition committed to credit unions? (9 Jul 2010)There has probably never been a more appropriate climate for credit unions to prosper. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, people are keener than ever to place their assets in organisations that they have real trust in and control over. To fulfil its promise, however, the credit union sector must be supported by a […]
- Future Army 2020: Welsh Affairs (6 Mar 2014)Chris Evans: My hon. Friend uses the Ebbw Valley railway when he travels through my constituency. Does he agree that if we are to bring jobs and growth to the valleys in constituencies such as ours, the lines must be electrified as a matter of urgency?
- Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Public Sector Jobs (26 Feb 2014)Chris Evans: What assessment she has made of the effects of the reduction in public sector jobs in Northern Ireland.
- Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Procurement (10 Feb 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's 10 largest contracts let since financial year 2010-11 are; what savings have been made in such contracts; what the level of overspend or underspend was in each such contract; and what steps his Department has taken to monitor the performance of each such contract following the contract award.
- Betting Shops (Single Staffing) (5 Feb 2014)Chris Evans: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth, and to have secured this debate. I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. While at university and for a period afterwards, I worked as a bookmaker.
- Written Answers — Treasury: Credit (5 Feb 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Competition Commission on the effect that real time credit data sharing would have on competition in the payday loans industry.
- Written Answers — Treasury: Credit (5 Feb 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the extent to which lenders are able to obtain up to date information from credit reference agencies; (2) what assessment he has made of the cost of introducing real time credit data sharing; and what his policy is on whether such costs could be met by industry.
- Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Procurement (4 Feb 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's 10 largest contracts let since financial year 2010-11 are; what savings have been made in such contracts; what the level of overspend or underspend was in each such contract; and what steps his Department has taken to monitor the performance of each such contract following the contract award.
- Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Procurement (4 Feb 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of his Department's overall procurement spend for each of the last three financial years was spent (a) in joint procurement exercises with other Departments and (b) shared between different organisations within the same Department group.
- Written Answers — Treasury: Procurement (4 Feb 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for each of the last three financial years how much and what proportion of his Department's procurement was conducted using e-procurement tools; and what the value of such contracts was.
- Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Procurement (4 Feb 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of his Department's overall procurement spend for each of the last three financial years was spent (a) in joint procurement exercises with other Departments and (b) shared between different organisations within the same Department group.