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Darren supports Channel 4 move to Bristol

Darren attended a Channel 4 event to make the case for Bristol being a Channel 4 creative hub. Here’s what he had to say about this, speaking to the Bristol Post:

We are going full-hog for this. They are consulting with staff about who would like to move and I have spoken to a lot of Channel 4 staff who are thrilled at the prospect of moving to Bristol.

Bristol is attractive for people who work at Channel 4. It is close to London and we have a centre of expertise in terms of the creative industries and links with the BBC. We tick all the boxes.

You can read the full article here: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/…/bristol-pushing-forward-bec…

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Darren goes to the Bristol Young Hero awards

The Bristol Young Hero Awards are for young Bristolians who are creating change in the world around them. The awards recognise their work, and encourage them to keep pushing for change. Darren attended the awards, and had the following to say afterwards:

What an inspiring evening at the Bristol Young Heroes Awards. Well done to all the amazing nominees and winners, and all of the parents, groups and schools who supported them. And well done to Community of Purpose for organising, and lead sponsors GKN Aerospace!

Darren speaks on challenges in the technology industry

The digital sector is one of the UK’s most exciting industries. Tech companies are changing how we do everything, from eating to navigating to getting a mortgage.

But the sector also has numerous challenges, which Darren spelt out in a Westminster Hall debate on the UK’s digital market. There is a lack of both gender and class diversity in the sector leadership, a lack of opportunity for businesses to scale up outside London and multiple threats posed by Brexit.

Darren used his speech to describe these issues and some of their potential solutions.

 

Science and Technology committee highlights, 17th April 2018

This session was on early years intervention, which covers various educational and support systems for young children who have been victims of child abuse and/or neglect.

The Science and Technology Committee is examining the strength of the evidence linking adverse childhood experiences with long-term negative outcomes, the evidence base for related interventions, whether evidence is being used effectively in policy-making, and the support and oversight for research into this area.

Darren put questions to witnesses Dr Shirley Woods-Gallagher, Special Advisor on School Readiness, and Alan Harding, Chief Economic Adviser, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Dr Caroline White, Head, Children and Parents Service Early Intervention, and Martin Pratt, Chair, Association of London Directors of Children’s Services. You can watch this below (press play to skip to where Darren asks questions):

Darren on the current Syria situation

Darren said:

Thank you to those of you that have been in touch with me about Syria. I want Parliament to have a say, but I haven’t been told by the Government yet whether this will happen.

My current view is that it needs to be made clear that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. Therefore, something must be done about what has happened in Douma.

However, I haven’t yet been provided with the evidence, the options or the view on consequences of those options for taking military action in Syria.

Airstrikes don’t seem to solve the issue, and taking any further action to defeat Assad still leaves us with the potential of an unacceptable leadership in Syria from the Assad opposition. This is a complicated situation that requires careful consideration and a calm approach.

If I do get the chance to vote, I will listen to the Government, the evidence and the debate in the House. Until then I’m keeping an open mind about how I vote (not least because I haven’t yet been told what I’d be voting for!).

I hope that helps, and I promise to keep you all posted.

Darren launches Tip Review campaign

Darren has recently been campaigning on the issue of what happens to tips left at restaurants, following Bristol activists and the Bristol Post raising the issue in relation to Aqua Italia. There, as well as at Turtle Bay, workers were made to pay a percentage of their table orders to restaurants, in case they received tips. This sometimes meant workers were forced to got to a cash-point to pay their employer, as they hadn’t made enough in tips.

He is now setting up a website where people can leave reviews of the tipping practices where they work, which customers can use to choose where they eat. He’s looking for volunteers to help him make this a reality.

He said:

I’m launching a new campaign called Tip Review – where waiting staff review their own restaurants tipping policies, so customers can decide whether to dine and tip. But I need your help! Can you help with our website or join our steering committee?

Read more about this campaign here: https://www.bristol247.com/…/bristol-north-west-mp-launche…/

If you do want to get involved, please send an email setting out how you can help to darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk

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Darren speaks to BBC Bristol about GKN

GKN employ 59,800 people, including 1,900 at their Bristol sites. Their Aerospace division is vital to UK defences, and to other UK Aerospace businesses who rely on their supplies.

A week ago, GKN lost a shareholder vote on a Melrose hostile takeover. Melrose are a US firm who are know to buy and quickly liquidate businesses, meaning that thousands of GKN jobs could be at risk.

Darren spoke to BBC Bristol about what he was doing about this, in the face of a government not willing or able to intervene in the takeover despite economic and defence interests at risk.