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 […]
- [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Employment in Wales (27 Jan 2015)Chris Evans: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone, and to follow the hon. Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire (Simon Hart). We nearly ran into each other this morning when we were on our daily jog. Only a fool would not welcome the news that there are 4,000 more people in work this year than there were last year. Even though Wales has the lowest employment rate...
- Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (26 Jan 2015)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent progress he has made on tackling fraud and error.
- Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Economic Rebalancing (21 Jan 2015)Chris Evans: The new year has seen another rise in the tolls on the Severn bridge, and many businesses across Wales tell me that the bridge is now becoming a barrier to business and trade. Will the Secretary of State have urgent talks with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about reducing VAT on the tolls?
- Greyhound Welfare (17 Dec 2014)Chris Evans: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. Coming from a family of bookmakers, and having worked in the industry, I feel that I have been around horses and dogs all my life. Indeed, after setting up the betting shop with the race cards and newspapers, and after writing the “off slips” that signify the start of the races, my day would officially start...
- Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Iron and Steel: Wales (17 Dec 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answers to Questions 58 and 86 in his oral evidence of 29 January 2014 to the Welsh Affairs Committee on the steel industry in Wales, HC 882-i, what progress he has made in initiatives to create supply chain groups.
- Written Answers — Wales Office: Infrastructure (15 Dec 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what investment the Government has made in infrastructure in Wales since May 2010; and what estimate he has made of the level of that investment in the next five years.
- Written Answers — Department for International Development: India (15 Dec 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the extent of the misuse of UK aid to India; and what steps her Department takes to ensure that UK aid is not misused.
- Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cybercrime (15 Dec 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government takes to support UK companies in protecting their intellectual property from cyber-attacks.
- Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Corporation Tax (10 Dec 2014)Chris Evans: When the Government plan to publish an analysis of the potential effect of introducing a devolved rate of corporation tax in Northern Ireland.
- Written Answers — Wales Office: Iron and Steel: Industry (9 Dec 2014)Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the use of public procurement to support the steel industry in Wales.