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 […]
- Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Travel (7 Apr 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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.
- Bill Presented: Wales Bill (31 Mar 2014)Chris Evans: It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire (Simon Hart). He is always badgering us-ha, ha, ha!-about the Welsh Assembly. This Bill is a missed opportunity. It is a Bill of nothing but smoke and mirrors. For too long-since 1999-we have been running around having no satisfaction with the Assembly. We had the Government...
- Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Admissions (31 Mar 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to ensure that universities admit more students from disadvantaged backgrounds whose qualifications meet university admissions requirements.
- Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Islwyn (31 Mar 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in each (a) age group and (b) parental income group resident in Islwyn constituency entered higher education in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
- Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Private Sector (31 Mar 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what change he expects in the number of private providers of higher education in England and Wales in the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
- Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Civil Servants (25 Mar 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed as civil servants in (a) the most recent period for which figures are available, (b) 2004 and (c) 1994.
- Written Answers — Education: Truancy (25 Mar 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent research has been commissioned into truancy in schools; and if he will make a statement.
- Written Answers — Wales: Free School Meals: Gwent (24 Mar 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of pupils at each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in Islwyn constituency is eligible for free school meals.
- Written Answers — Education: Pupil Exclusions (24 Mar 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of school-age pupils who have been illegally excluded from school in each of the last five years.
- 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?