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|Member of Parliament |
|Assumed office |
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Don Touhig|
Christopher James Evans
17 July 1976
Llwynypia, Mid Glamorgan, Wales, UK
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
At the age of 13 he suffered a serious leg injury in a road traffic collision and underwent months of recovery: he later stated that the experience, on top of the stress caused by his parents' divorce, had caused him to develop body dysmorphic disorder.
His maiden speech focused on affordable lending and pay day loans. Since being elected he has campaigned against fuel poverty and in January 2011 led a Westminster Hall debate and spoke out against energy price rises. He is also a campaigner for the introduction of a Presumption of Death Act.
Evans is a member of the Justice Select Committee. In July 2012, after two years as an MP, he was promoted to the Shadow Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as Parliamentary Private Secretary to shadow Secretary of State Mary Creagh Following a reshuffle in October 2013, Evans joined Labour's Shadow Treasury Team as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Chris Leslie.
On 19 January 2012, Evans revealed that he had been attacked by a dog which left a one-inch scar on his middle finger as he called on the government to take action against irresponsible dog owners.
Since then, he has been campaigning to promote responsible dog ownership. In May 2012 he held a Westminster Hall debate on dangerous dog legislation and called on the government to introduce the compulsory microchipping of all dogs, recorded by a single national database.
In March 2012 Evans introduced a ten-minute rule bill called 'The Banking Responsibility and Disclosure Bill' which aimed to tackle the growing problem of financial exclusion to ensure that banks are responsible for their actions. He has written several articles on this topic.
In 2013 Evans launched a work experience program in Islwyn to help combat the problem of youth unemployment. Working alongside 200 local businesses, the scheme offers 6–8 week work placements for 18- to 24-year-olds out of work. Unlike government schemes the Islwyn Work Experience Programme is entirely voluntary with applicants receiving additional help from Job Centre Plus to continue looking for permanent work  It was launched alongside local businesses at a media event at the Crosskeys campus of Coleg Gwent.
In December 2013, Evans married Julia Ockenden, a former head of public affairs at the BBC.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Islwyn