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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!

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Darren shares his views on the Windrush generation’s treatment

Darren said:

It’s really sad to hear that people who have been here legally their entire lives might be deported, because of Home Office admin issues. The Government needs to move quickly and give these people the security they deserve. I was happy to support David Lammy MP on this in the House today.

If you’re a constituent affected by this issue and you need help, please get in touch with my office. Contact details are available here: www.darren-jones.co.uk/contact

You can read more about this here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43780621

Darren speaks on inequality in the technology industry

He was speaking in a Westminster Hall debate on  the future of the digital and  technology market. Watch his full speech below:

 

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 says

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

This interview covered what’s going on with Melrose’s GKN takeover, workers’ futures and what Darren’s doing about the situation. Listen to the full interview here: