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 […]
- Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (25 Mar 2015)Chris Evans: Let me begin by expressing my disappointment that there is to be no Public Bill Committee. I have served on every single one in the present Parliament. I do not know what I did wrong in the Whips Office, but I feel that I am missing out on something. I congratulate the hon. Member for Redcar (Ian Swales), who is, of course, a Liberal Democrat. Following the embarrassment of the Chief...
- Energy and Climate Change: Household Energy Bills (19 Mar 2015)Chris Evans: What steps he is taking to help households with their energy bills.
- Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (19 Mar 2015)Chris Evans: Over the last five years, one of the biggest problems, particularly for elderly constituents of mine, has been complicated, high-tariff energy bills. On 17 occasions, the Prime Minister has said he would force energy companies by law to put their customers on the lowest energy tariff, but three out of four households are still on energy tariffs that cost on average £180 more than the...
- Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Jobs Growth Wales (4 Mar 2015)Chris Evans: What discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the role of Jobs Growth Wales in tackling youth unemployment in Wales.
- Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Bankers’ Bonuses and the Banking Industry (25 Feb 2015)Chris Evans: Does the hon. Gentleman think the Conservative party is being wise after the event? Was it not the Conservative leader, the current Prime Minister, who argued in 2007 for less red tape and less regulation for the banking industry?
- Police Numbers (Wales) (24 Feb 2015)Chris Evans: Mr Caton, thank you for calling me to speak so early. I am glad I arrived early, because otherwise I could not have done so. I called for this debate because everybody cares about police numbers. Everybody wants to feel safe in their homes and safe on the streets, and everybody wants to walk the byways free of antisocial and other nuisance behaviour. I am concerned that, as a result of...
- Written Answers — Department for International Development: Cost-effectiveness (4 Feb 2015)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to monitor the cost-effectiveness of its spending.
- Public Bill Committee: Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (3 Feb 2015)Chris Evans: The entire corporation tax base, including reliefs and allowances, will remain with the UK Parliament. We know how complicated corporation tax is in terms of reliefs and allowances. Is this really a halfway house? Why have you not gone the whole hog and allowed the Northern Ireland Executive to set the reliefs and allowances?
- Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (3 Feb 2015)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of persecution of Muslims in Russia.
- Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (3 Feb 2015)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the level of persecution of Jewish people in Russia.