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Darren Jones MP Calls for End to Gridlock

On Wednesday 27th September, Bristol North West’s MP submitted a formal response to Tim Bowles, Combined Authority Mayor for West of England. This was in relation to the West of England Strategy Discussion paper.
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Darren visits Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones, made an educational visit to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) today (28th September) to gain a wider insight into paediatric palliative care.

Darren met with the palliative care and bereavement support team at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children to talk about the team’s key roles at the hospital and the delivery of palliative care locally and regionally.

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Darren Jones supports Breast Cancer Now’s call to Wear It Pink

Darren Jones MP for Bristol North West, has dressed in pink to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20 October and raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

Darren is encouraging his constituents in Bristol North West to join him, and sign up to take part in the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser. The event, which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is in its 16th year and has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.

Darren, joined by fellow parliamentarians in Westminster earlier this month, showed his support for the thousands of women and men affected by breast cancer each year, encouraging people across the UK to take part on wear it pink day.
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Scrap the cap campaign: Update from Darren Jones MP

The latest report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies highlights that standards will deteriorate in hospitals and schools, in particular, if recruitment problems are caused by on-going low pay.

With Southmead Hospital, as well as many schools in the constituency, this is one of many reasons why I strongly support scrapping the public sector pay cap – with pay increases funded by government.

The current situation can not continue. #scrapthecap

Darren Jones MP challenges Conservatives on nurses’ Pay

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In Parliament, your MP for Bristol North West Darren Jones MP recently challenged the Conservatives on nurses’ pay.

The Conservative government has limited Nurses’ pay rises to 1% a year for the last seven years. After price rises, this has often meant a pay cut for hard working nurses. They are still refusing to lift the cap, despite evidence it has gone too far.

 

Darren asked Conservative Helen Whately MP

‘She clearly wishes to champion nurses and their selfless desire to serve the public, but does she acknowledge that nurses in my constituency have to visit a food bank after a long shift at the hospital? Should not their selflessness in wanting to serve the public be recognised by their being paid what they deserve so that they can fund their families and their livelihoods?’

 

She responded that

‘I genuinely believe that all members of the public sector should be paid a fair amount, and that is exactly what the pay review body will report on in its next report.

I was making the important point that pay has not been the No. 1 issue among nurses and other healthcare professionals when I have asked them what worries them most. Instead, they mentioned having time to care; being part of a stable team rather than having a high turnover of staff and lots of temporary staff; being listened to by the people they work with, particularly the senior people in the institution; and being valued. Being valued is not all to do with pay; it is much more to do with the way they are treated. In fact, I remember very well talking to one nurse whose line manager had not talked to her since the previous appraisal. To me, that is an extraordinary way of not valuing a member of staff; everyone should have regular conversations with their manager about how they are progressing.

Part of the problem in some NHS institutions is, therefore, in my view, not good enough management practices. If they were improved, we would have a much better environment for staff to work in, and I would very much like to see more attention paid to creating the right environment for healthcare workers, as well as ensuring that there is a fair and sensible pay settlement.’

 

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Darren votes against Conservative control of all Select Committees

Despite not gaining a Parliamentary majority at the last election, the Conservative Party have taken majority control of all Select Committees through a House of Commons motion which only passed due to DUP votes. Ordinarily, Select Committee make up reflects that of the house.

Darren voted against this motion.

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Darren Jones MP backs campaign to scrap public sector pay cap for nurses

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones has backed the growing campaign for the Government to scrap the 1 per cent cap on public sector pay in the upcoming Budget.

As the Commons returned from summer recess, Jones met with frontline nurses as part of the Royal College of Nursing’s lobby of Parliament.
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Darren Jones MP votes against the government’s Brexit bill

Darren today voted against the government’s EU Withdrawal Bill, which proposes handing over huge powers to the government from Parliament. It also proposes getting rid of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Here’s Darren explaining why he voted the way he did:

We have the first round of important votes next week on Brexit. This is why I’m voting against the EU Withdrawal Bill on Monday.

I’ve just come from the House of Commons, where I listened to Brexit Secretary David Davies introduce what’s called the “second reading” of the EU Withdrawal Bill.

I’ve always been clear on my views about Brexit. I think it’s a disaster. But my deep concern about this Bill isn’t about Brexit. It’s about the fact that the Bill, as worded, is a massive power grab by the government.

You elect an MP to represent you in Parliament. I have one vote on behalf of about 100,000 of you. You therefore get a say on what this country does. That’s why the Prime Minister must get votes through Parliament to do stuff.

The EU Withdrawal Bill gives the Prime Minister and her Ministers the legal right to make stuff up without requiring a vote in Parliament. That means that lots of the rights you have from EU law (such as maternity leave, holiday pay, consumer rights and much more) could be changed by a Minister without a debate and vote in Parliament. That means I can’t vote against the Government to protect your rights being changed.

The Bill doesn’t have to be this way. The purpose of it is to copy and paste EU law into UK law so that, if we leave entirely, the laws that we have today carry on as they are. But the Government is using this Bill to increase its power in a way which hasn’t been done before.

Ministers, including the Prime Minister, are accountable to Parliament so that – through me – they’re accountable to you. This Bill fundamentally changes the way that Parliament works.

It’s for that reason that I won’t be voting for it.

The final vote on this bill will be in the next few months. Keep your eyes peeled for more news and views on this from your MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones.

 

 

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Labour MP Calls for Long-Term Library Solution

To ensure a representative submission to Bristol City Council, Bristol North West’s Labour MP, Darren Jones, held a Libraries Conference on 2nd September to bring together local councillors, campaign groups and representative of the area’s nine Libraries.
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Labour MP wants assurance on 30hrs Childcare Policy in Bristol

With the new government-funded 30 hours a week childcare scheme having gone live on 1st September, Darren Jones MP has written to Government asking for clarity on the policy’s implementation in his constituency.
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