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Darren supports workers rights

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has pledged his support to the Unpaid Work Trials (Prohibition) Bill being heard in Parliament in the New Year. This Private Members Bill will end the practise of exploitative, unpaid trial shifts, guarantee fair and proper pay for working hours completed and ensure that trial workers are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Darren Jones MP said:

” Those trialling a new job by undertaking a shift or two deserve to be paid for their time. It is unacceptable that some companies are using high numbers of trial shifts to get work completed without having to pay staff. This is another form of exploitation and an unethical practise – it must be stopped”.

 

 

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A day in the life of Darren!

You can read the full article here: https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/a-day-with-bristol-north-west-mp-darren-jones/.

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Stay Safe Online – Stop and Think

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has warned constituents to be on the look-out for fake or malicious emails, calls or letters from fraudsters over the Christmas and New Year period.

Darren Jones MP said:

“Christmas and the January sales are two of the busiest times of the year for online shopping. Unfortunately it is also a busy time for fraudsters. Financial fraud losses totalled £768.8 million in 2016!

Take Five, a national awareness campaign led by FFA UK, urges you to pause and consider whether the situation is genuine – to stop and think if what you’re being told really makes sense.

There’s some great advice available at the Take Five website“.

 

 

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Arranging a tour of Parliament

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has reminded constituents that they can book free Democratic Access Tours through their MP.

Arrange a tour through your MP

Members of the public are able to visit the Houses of the Parliament and Palaces of Westminster. Paid tours can be arranged through the Houses of Parliament but free tours are available to UK Residents booking through their MP.

These tours are only available on certain days and at certain times, depending on whether Parliament is in session or in recess. Tours last approximately one hour.

If you would like Darren to try to arrange a tour on your behalf please email the office. Applications should be made as far in advance as possible (up to 6 months) and as it can be difficult to arrange for everyone to take a tour on their preferred date, it would be helpful to provide some alternative dates.

You can find out more about dates and times of small group/individual tours here. 

Schools can find out more about arranging a group visit to Parliament by visiting the Education Service website.

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Darren calls for free schools meals to be protected

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, to call for the government to reconsider implementing a threshold for universal credit claimants entitlement to free schools meals for their children.

Darren Jones MP said:

“Universal Credit is coming to Bristol North West in September 2018. The Government is currently consulting on eligibility for free school meals under Universal Credit, and is proposing the introduction of an earning threshold of £7,400 to determine eligibility.

Up to now, the Government has allowed all claimants on Universal Credit to receive free school meals. Introducing this proposed earnings threshold represents a huge step backwards. The Children’s Society have estimated that this would lead to over one million children in poverty, and over 5000 in Bristol, missing out on free school meals. I’ve written to Justine Greening to raise my concerns about this”.

 

 

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Darren backs the Blue Belt

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has signed up to support Great British Ocean’s Back the Blue Belt campaign.

Darren Jones MP said:

“I am delighted to be supporting this vitally important campaign. With the fifth largest marine estate in the world, the UK and its Overseas Territories are custodian to the largest coral atoll on earth, globally significant populations of albatross, whales and turtles, and as many as a quarter of the penguins on the planet.

Through the actions of successive governments, the UK has demonstrated global leadership in ocean conservation. I call on the UK to reaffirm this leadership by working with the governments of the Overseas Territories to deliver on Blue Belt pledges”.

What is the Blue Belt?

(info taken from Great British Oceans).

The Blue Belt will be a series of large protected areas of ocean around 7 of the 14 British Overseas Territories, all of which are under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom.

The Blue Belt consists of Ascension Island, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Pitcairn Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Saint Helena and Tristan da Cunha.

The surrounding areas of ocean are vast marine estates that contain breeding grounds for a quarter of the world’s penguins, a third of the world’s albatrosses, endangered turtles, and the world’s largest coral atoll. Together, these Territories will create 4 million square kilometres of ocean – an area larger than India.

Marine Protected Areas like these have been found to be a productive, cost-effective and viable way to preserve the ocean’s wildlife. They protect vital ecological processes for both local communities and the planet as a whole.

The proposal is for Overseas Territory Governments to get the support they need to create a Blue Belt. Combined with UK waters, this could become the largest network of marine reserves in the world.

 

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Darren votes for possibility of UK Customs Union membership

Darren has been voting and attending debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Today he voted for an amendment which would allow continuing UK Customs Union membership to be possible.

Darren said:

Just voted for my colleagues amendment to keep the Customs Union on the table. Vital for import and export of goods in and from Bristol North West. A jobs first amendment!

 You can see the full amendment below:
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You can view Darren’s full voting record,  including all of his votes in relation to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, here – http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?id=uk.org.publicwhip/member/41586&showall=yes.
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Darren supports Breathing Space Debt Campaign

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has written to the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, to back the Children’s Society’s Breathing Space campaign.

The Government has now brought forward a call for evidence on the introduction of a Breathing Space scheme for families in debt.  The Children’s Society and others have been calling for this vital protection for families for a number of years and worked on a Private Members Bill last year to introduce a Breathing Space.  On 14th December, along with a large number of other charities and partners, the Children’s Society launched their latest report on this issue showing the life events that can lead to families falling into debt.  Darren has reviewed the report and written to the Treasury to raise his concerns.

Darren Jones MP said:

“I am delighted to be supporting the Children’s Society’s vitally important campaign.  It is estimated that there are 5437 children living in 3134 families in problem debt in Bristol North West. More needs to be done to help these families”.

 

Darren votes for UK single market membership

Darren has been voting and attending debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. He voted for the UK to remain part of the single market post Brexit.

He said:

I’ve taken two breaks from #paternityleave this week to vote on Brexit Bill amendments, including in favour of the Single Market and – as a crunch vote tonight – for a meaningful vote in Parliament before the proposed date the UK leaves the EU. I’ve always said I’ll vote against a Hard Brexit in order to protect jobs at home, and will continue to do so (even where amendments are cross party).

You can view Darren’s entire voting record, including other votes on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, here – http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?id=uk.org.publicwhip/member/41586&showall=yes.