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 […]
- Public Bill Committee: Water Bill: Schedule 2 - Water undertakers’ duties as regards water supply licencees (5 Dec 2013)Chris Evans: The Minister is half-Welsh.
- Written Answers — Defence: Travel (4 Dec 2013)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of travel within the UK was for his Department in each year since 2010; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter hire, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence.
- Public Bill Committee: Water Bill (3 Dec 2013)Chris Evans: What is the average profit for a water company?
- Energy and Climate Change: Energy Efficiency (28 Nov 2013)Chris Evans: What steps he is taking to help households improve their energy efficiency.
- Fly-Grazing of Horses (26 Nov 2013)Chris Evans: It is a pleasure, as always, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. It is also a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr Heath). The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is somewhat poorer since he left as a Minister, but we have had the joy of hearing his words of wisdom today. I congratulate the hon. Member for East Hampshire (Damian Hinds),...
- Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Travel (26 Nov 2013)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the cost of travel within the UK was for his Department in each year since 2010; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter hire, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence.
- Written Answers — Education: Travel (26 Nov 2013)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the cost of travel within the UK was for his Department in each year since 2010; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter hire, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence.
- Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Travel (25 Nov 2013)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of travel within the UK was for his Department in each year since 2010; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter hire, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence.
- Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions Bill: Clause 1 - Employment allowance for national insurance contributions (21 Nov 2013)Chris Evans: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
- Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions Bill: Examination of Witnesses (19 Nov 2013)Chris Evans: We all like the idea of tax simplification, but it is interesting to look at the Bill in terms of oil and gas workers. That is a fish that has been slippery for a number of years. The previous Government tried to resolve the issue of multi-layered contracts 10 years ago, which resulted in the wholly unsatisfactory IR35 regulations. Will the Minister talk through the process? I know that this...