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Darren visits Orchard School in Horfield

On Friday 29th June, as part of his mission to visit every school in Bristol North West, Darren Jones MP visited Orchard School in Horfield.

Darren said after the visit:

” I enjoyed another great school visit today at Orchard School in Horfield. I always leave schools with hope after seeing our young people with so much energy and enthusiasm about the future. And I keep trying to persuade them to take over from me in a few years time!”

You can follow Darren’s work on education here.

 

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Darren hosts first Business Forum on Modern Slavery

On 22nd June, Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, hosted a Business Forum with local employers, the council, charities and the police and called upon them to work with him to end Modern Slavery in Bristol and beyond.

Darren said:

“There are an estimated 10,000 to 13,000 people in modern slavery in the UK, however many experts agree that’s a huge underestimate. I’ve been championing victim’s rights since becoming Bristol North West’s MP – we have seen cases of modern slavery in Southmead and across the city. I’ll continue to make this a priority by supporting Bills that come through the House of Commons and hosting events such as my Business Forum today – it is only by drawing these issues out into the open that we’ll bring an end to this abuse of vulnerable people. I also recently wrote to the Gangmaster’s and Labour Abuse Authority to ask them to licence nail bar and car wash businesses (as known hot spots for modern slavery) in Bristol, to make sure they treat workers properly.  I have met victims at my weekly surgery – so this is an issue I take extremely seriously”.

Darren continued:

“I’m also continuing to fight unethical working practises wherever I see them including tipping etiquette in restaurants, changes to Asda employee’s terms and conditions and the hostile takeover of GKN amongst others. As the event heard on Friday, Bristol is continuing to lead the way on exposing cases of modern slavery but this great work will only continue if we all join forces – as our Police and Crime Commissioner said businesses and members of the public need to be the police’s eyes and ears and report their concerns”.

Speakers at the Forum included CEO of Unseen Andrew Wallis OBE, Sue Mountstevens Police and Crime Commissioner and Jaya Chakrabarti MBE.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees and Deputy Mayor, Asher Craig also joined the event to support calls for partners to work together and ensure Bristol acts as a positive example to other cities on how to tackle and eradicate modern slavery.

 

 

 

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Darren asks government about UK company participation in EU projects after Brexit

Currently, after Brexit the UK will for a time continue to contribute financially to EU Security and Defence projects. However, non-EU country companies are prohibited from bidding for EU security and defence projects. Mindful of the effect this could have on companies, Darren asked the Government Minister for Defence Procurement about this potential situation and whether it could be prevented.

 

Darren also asked how concern around funding for the Galileo project tied into concerns around defence funding in general.

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Darren speaks to BBC Bristol about Blaise Castle Parking

Bristol City Council are currently consulting on the introduction of a £2 per day parking charge for Blaise Castle estate’s car park as well as a traffic order to restrict parking on nearby roads in and around Blaise Hamlet and Henbury.

You can find more information on the proposals here. The deadline for responses to the council is 29th June.

Following hundreds of comments from constituents about the matter, Darren spoke to BBC Bristol:

 

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Darren joins Marmalade Trust ‘Ending Loneliness’ event

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones joined Marmalade Trust’s closing party on College Green on Friday 22nd June. The party drew to a close the wide-array of organised events forming part of a week to End Loneliness in the UK.

Darren said:

“I was delighted to join Marmalade Trust’s #LetsTalkLoneliness event on College Green. Loneliness is such an important issue to so many people – we need to talk about it and support each other. It is astounding that loneliness can have similar impact on your health as smoking and obesity, some studies have also shown it leads to an increased likelihood of dementia.  I’ll be following up on how I can support Marmalade Trust’s great work in Parliament in the coming weeks”.

You can find out more about Marmalade Trust here.

 

 

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Darren shares details of Stoke Park meeting

Following a recent meeting with local councillors and Friends of Stoke Park,  Darren Jones MP has updated residents on plans for a  public meeting to discuss Bristol City Council’s works at Stoke Park.

The meeting will be held at 7pm at The Hub Lockleaze, Gainsborough Square on Wednesday 4th July.

Darren said:

“This meeting offers anyone with questions/worries about the on-going project at Stoke Park to meet the council’s parks team as well as the local councillors Gill Kirk and Estella Tincknell.

I’ll be in Parliament on 4th July (as the House will be in session) but I’ve been working closely with Gill and Estella to understand concerns and ensure you have the opportunity to find out more.

I would encourage as many people to attend as possible. As well as meeting the Friends of Stoke Park, Gill and Estella, I was also delighted to be able to stop-by the Bristol Refugee Festival’s community feast being held at Buzz Lockleaze on the same date”.

You can find out more about the council’s works here.

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Darren writes to Cotham School about Stoke Lodge

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has recently met local residents, and separately with staff from Cotham School, to discuss the school’s use of Stoke Lodge green space which would include the erection of a fence, alongside submission of a planning application to erect a new changing room building and works to the existing changing rooms.

Following his investigation, Darren how now wrote to Cotham School:

 

    

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Darren speaks to BBC News about Brexit risk to Airbus UK

Airbus have today stated that they ‘require immediate details’ on what they will need to do as a consequence of Brexit, as ‘without these, Airbus believes that the impacts on our UK operations could be significant’. They’ve also specifically stated that a No Deal Brexit or an overly short transition period could impact their business in Britain.

Darren spoke to BBC about what this could mean for Bristol, and what the government needed to do to fix the situation.

 

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Darren gets response from government on rectal mesh review

Currently, the forthcoming healthcare review covering vaginal mesh does not cover rectal mesh, which has similarly affected women. That includes many who were treated at Southmead Hospital. Darren recently wrote to the government to make it clear that he thinks that this is wrong. You can read the full letter Darren sent here.

Here is the reply Darren received from Lord O’Shaughnessy:

 

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Watch Darren ask business and third sector representatives about post-Brexit visas

The Science and Technology committee, which Darren is a member of, held a one off evidence session on post-Brexit immigration arrangements. The session was set up to help the committee develop proposals for an immigration system which works for science and innovation.

The witnesses were from a range of bodies, including techUK (the main trade body for technology companies in the UK), the Wellcome Trust (a health research charity) and the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

Darren asked them about which non-EEA countries we should focus on getting visa arrangements in place with.