7th March Science and Tech committee highlights

The subject for this session was the flu vaccination programme. The witnesses were Professor Paul Cosford, Director for Health Protection and Medical Director, Public Health England, Professor Steve Powis, National Medical Director, NHS England, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Andrew Pollard, Chair, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, and Dr Sue Crossland, President Elect, Society for Acute Medicine.

Watch highlights here:


Darren questions David Davis over Airbus leaving

Airbus said that unless there is ‘imminent clarity’ over post Brexit customs arrangements, they might leave the UK. Currently, they provide or support 130,000 jobs in this country. Darren asked David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, to provide this clarity. Watch here:

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Watch Darren question Chancellor Philip Hammond

In European Scrutiny Committee, Darren questioned Philip Hammond on the subject of EU withdrawal and whether the Irish border could move to mainland Britain. Watch here:

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Darren seeks views on “regulated corridor” in Avonmouth

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has supported new laws in Westminster that will give local councils powers to take stronger actions against offending companies. Darren is seeking the views of Avonmouth residents on his work, with the council, to introduce a “regulated corridor” in Avonmouth.

Darren said:

“I’ve been working with council colleagues on a “regulated corridor” between residential and industrial areas of Avonmouth. This would mean stricter planning obligations and higher scrutiny for new businesses setting up in the corridor. I was hoping to start delivering a leaflet and survey to Avonmouth residents this weekend but the snow has got in the way. Leaflets will go out soon but you can view the letter below and complete the survey online now“.








Darren shares his views on rising violence in Kashmir

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has shared his thoughts on violence in Kashmir.

Darren said:

“ A number of constituents have shared concerns about escalating violence in Kashmir.  The situation in Kashmir alongside the recent upsurge in violent clashes is deeply concerning, and all sides must engage in dialogue and seek to break the cycle of violence. Indeed, we have seen the worst spate of violence in the region since 2010. I condemn the use of pellet guns in Kashmir and believe these, and tear gas and live ammunition, should be banned in civilian areas. It is also important that people who are suspected of committing offences are properly charged and given fair trials. 

I do not believe it is for the UK to prescribe a solution to the issue of Kashmir – it is for those parties directly involved to determine through peaceful dialogue and co-operation. 

I acknowledge the importance of the work of international organisations, such as the UN, and their efforts to negotiate with all parties and member states involved to bring India and Pakistan to the negotiating table. India and Pakistan must continue to be encouraged to seek a lasting solution on Kashmir in accordance with the provisions of UN Security Council resolutions. 

I hope the UK Government will continue to encourage and support both India and Pakistan to find a lasting resolution to the situation in Kashmir, in line with the wishes of the Kashmiri people. Their wishes are fundamental to the success of the process and to obtaining peace in the region”.