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: Taxation of Pensions Bill: New Clause 3 - Pension flexibility: Treasury review (20 Nov 2014)Chris Evans: May I ask the Minister a direct question from my own experience? Many reputable companies were very good in giving advice but they had some rogue advisers who were allowed to move from company to company before their bad advice was discovered by the company, and then the company was punished. Is there any way to track individual advisers who may give that type of information and yet move on...
- Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (17 Nov 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress he has made in ending sexual violence in conflict since the Global Summit in June 2014.
- Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Construction: Industry (17 Nov 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent fall in UK construction Purchasing Managers Index.
- Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: World Expo: Italy (14 Nov 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress he has made on (a) sponsors for, (b) exhibitors and (c) construction of the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015.
- Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Probation Service (11 Nov 2014)Chris Evans: Argoed in my constituency was rocked over the weekend by a particularly gruesome and horrific murder, and I am sure the whole House will join me in extending sympathies to the family of Cerys Yemm, the young girl who lost her life. The Ministry of Justice has launched an immediate investigation into why her killer committed such a serious offence within 30 days of being released. However,...
- Public Bill Committee: Taxation of Pensions Bill: Examination of Witnesses (11 Nov 2014)Chris Evans: If I was working as a senior executive in the industry, I would be angry with the Government about this. How much consultation was there with the industry and executives before this decision was made? It seems to me, from reading the press, that we have made the changes but many companies will not be ready for 6 April. As was mentioned by my colleague from Airdrie, these people would have...
- Public Bill Committee: Taxation of Pensions Bill: Examination of Witnesses (11 Nov 2014)Chris Evans: I must declare an interest. I used to work for “the Widow”, Mr Paton-Evans-Scottish Widows. It is many years ago now; they found me out. I have a straightforward opening question. Do you believe the annuities market is either broken or not functioning properly at the moment?
- Public Bill Committee: Taxation of Pensions Bill: Examination of Witnesses (11 Nov 2014)Chris Evans: Just a quick one. Will the industry be ready by 6 April? This is all very rushed and it will be very complicated. We have talked about annuities and also about people who were convinced to buy annuities with profits and have seen their pension pot now reduced to nothing. I am deeply concerned. Is the industry ready for the 6 April deadline?
- Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Companies: Ownership (11 Nov 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress he has made in establishing full public transparency of company ownership.
- Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Dangerous Driving (11 Nov 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people convicted of causing death by dangerous driving did not receive a custodial sentence in the latest period for which figures are available.