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Darren highlights financial plight of nursery schools

In a debate on Maintained Nursery Schools in the House of Commons, Darren highlighted both the funding pressures they are under and the positive impacts they can have, concluding that there is a need to fund Maintained Nursery Schools.

Darren speaks in WASPI women debate

Darren spoke in a Parliamentary debate on the plight of WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) women, who had their state pension ages changed without their being aware:

You can watch the full debate here:

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Darren states Brexit amendments position

Today, the Prime Minister brought a Brexit statement to the House of Commons to be voted on. Darren was asked to comment on it on BBC Points West, and used the opportunity to state his support for a number of amendments to the statement.

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Policy Pods Episode 3: Rising Crime and Falling Police Numbers

In this episode of the podcast – which aims to answer Bristol North West residents’ policy questions – Darren investigates whether falling police numbers are causing a rise in crime.

Thanks to the constituent who suggested this at a recent Cafe Politics.

You can listen to the podcast on Soundcloud or on iTunes.

If you have a question you’d like answered on the podcast, please send them to darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk with ‘Policy Pods’ in the subject header, including your postcode in the email so we can verify that you’re a constituent.

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MP visits Acorns and Oaks in Westbury-on-Trym

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones recently visited an Acorns and Oaks session at a nursing home in Westbury-on-Trym.

In many care homes, elderly residents receive very few visitors from week to week; many suffer from loneliness and depression. And many young children are growing up without grandparents nearby: Links between the generations are being lost, and these playgroups are helping to reconnect them.

Thanks to Acorns ‘n’ Oaks, over 200 volunteer parents and children from Bristol and beyond have chosen a playgroup with a difference. Hosted by care homes for the elderly, the children brighten people’s days, just by being themselves.

In one year the project has grown from a single group, to 25 registered groups with an ever-increasing waiting list. You can find out more and support the group at www.acornsnoaks.org.uk

Darren said following his visit:

“I had a great time with Acorns and Oaks which brings kids into older peoples homes for inter-generational play. It was also lovely to attend a constituency event that I was able to take my daughter to. Thanks to the team at Acorns and Oaks for working so hard – they are a very inspirational team, and I wish them every success”.‬

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Darren speaks out against anti-immigrant Immigration Bill

The Immigration Bill will set out the ending of Freedom of Movement and outline new arrangements for those who are currently covered by it. Darren criticised it for being anti-immigrant; he spoke about how the bill fails to provided for a welcoming environment for immigration, gives the Government undue power and fails to set out a positive vision for the country.

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Darren hosts surgery for local carers

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, hosted a Carers-themed surgery with Carers Support Centre Bristol and South Gloucestershire in Southmead on Friday 18th January.

” In the course of my work as Bristol North West’s MP, I have met many carers, including those at Henleaze-based Singing for the Brain and at other surgeries. I’m well aware of the challenges carers face and the dire need for more support for them, that’s why I backed the Carers Support Centre ‘carers need care too’ campaign and hosted this themed surgery.

I look forward to meeting more local carers and doing what I can to help and support them. I’ve agreed to host at least one carers-themed surgery a year but in the meantime, if you need support, please email my office at darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk (be sure to include your full address and postcode) and we’ll see how we can help you”.

 

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Darren speaks in ME Parliamentary debate

Darren spoke in the house about the difficulties many patients of ME face, including highlighting the concerns of constituents who are affected, and the importance of finding what the right treatment is for this illness.

 

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Darren demands People’s Vote in light of Airbus concerns

Airbus employ 14,000 people in the UK, including 3,000 at Filton near Bristol. Today their chief executive criticised the UK Government’s handling of Brexit, calling it “a disgrace”, and saying that there was a possibility of them moving out of the country. That would have implications for hundreds if not thousands of Bristolians, damaging the network of manufacturing businesses in the area.

The matter came to Parliament in an urgent question, and Darren criticised Brexit’s impact on jobs and called for a People’s Vote.

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Darren speaks to BBC Radio Bristol about Transport Plan launch

This morning, Darren spoke to BBC Radio Bristol about the launch of his North Bristol Transport Plan. The plan is a result of Darren’s consultations with constituents on transport at surgeries, over letters and email, and via a Transport Survey. It includes plans for three new transport hubs, new non-stop bus and cycle lanes, and restricted access to the Bristol YTL Arena/new housing.