Pre-Meaningful Vote Brexit Survey Results

Prior to the Meaningful Vote, Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, asked constituents to complete a survey about their views on Brexit. For those who wished to discuss their view face to face or share their hopes and concerns in their own words, Darren also held six Brexit Briefings, including one online, and received thousands of emails, campaign postcards and letters. The consensus from the emails and letters received was in tandem with the results below.

Several constituents have asked what the survey results showed. Darren has therefore put together the below briefing which sets out the headline results. The survey was completed by over 1,100 constituents.

  • Over, 44% of respondents were 55 or older. 38% were aged between 35 and 54. 15% were aged 18 to 34.
  • 77% of respondents wanted to remain in the EU, 10% wanted to leave with a ‘hard Brexit’ (no deal) and 12% wanted to leave with a soft-Brexit (a deal).
  • 77% of respondents wanted a so-called People’s Vote on the final deal, 18% did not and the rest were unsure.
  • 70% of respondents wanted Darren to vote against a deal that was not good enough, so we could pause Brexit or hold a People’s Vote. 16% wanted Darren to vote against as ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’. 9% wanted Darren to back a deal as they felt ‘any deal was better than no deal’. The rest were unsure.
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Darren questions government over efficacy of Rail Ombudsman

Darren Jones MP has question the government over the efficacy of the new Rail Ombudsman following a number of requests for support from constituents.

Darren Jones MP said:

” My office often supports constituents who have struggled to get legitimate refunds from third party rail retailers such as Trainline, the ticket booking company.

Following a recent case where Trainline attempted to evade my office’s enquiries for months, I asked the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will extend the remit of the new Rail Ombudsman to include oversight of train ticket selling platforms which are not operated directly by train operating companies.

I was told:

‘The Rail Ombudsman is a voluntary scheme established by the franchised GB rail companies who are its members. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is currently consulting on making membership of the Rail Ombudsman scheme mandatory for all the rail companies to which it issues licences.

Online train ticket selling platforms provided by members of the Rail Ombudsman scheme are already within the remit of the Ombudsman. However, online Third Party Retailers (such as the Trainline), which are not directly affiliated to Ombudsman scheme members, are not required to hold licences from the ORR and are not therefore within consideration for mandatory membership.

Nevertheless, the Rail Delivery Group is currently in discussions with Third Party Retailers and their professional body (the Third Party Rail Retailers Association) to explore the possibility of them joining the Rail Ombudsman scheme in due course’.

Third party retailers, such as Trainline, must be subject to investigation by, and the rulings of, the Rail Ombudsman. Given they sell hundreds of thousands of tickets each year, not to include retailers such as Trainline, seems to suggest a toothless regulator for millions of rail users.”

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Darren speaks in Parliament on Online Fraud

Darren used a debate in Parliament to press the case for further regulation to tackle banking fraud over the telephone and online. With the rise of new technology, online crime is now one of the largest areas of crime in Britain.

You can watch his question here:

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Darren asks for £1bn for nurse training

Cuts to nursing bursaries are resulting in negative outcomes for student nurses and patients who rely on there being sufficient staffing. Darren wrote to the Health Secretary to ask him to fund nurse training properly.
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Darren demands action on state nursery schools funding

Darren sent a previous letter to the Government on this issue. This received a reply to which Bristol’s Head of Children’s Services
said ‘many nursery schools will not be able to wait’ as suggested by the Government. This prompted Darren wrote to the Government to demand action.
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Darren supports cardiac screening for young people

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West has spoken about his support for charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Darren said:

“12 young people between the age of 14 and 35 tragically die every week in the UK from undiagnosed cardiac conditions – 80% of these deaths occur with no symptoms. Furthermore, screening has been shown to lead to an 89% reduction in sudden cardiac deaths.The charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) offers free screening across the country but also works to improve the UK healthcare policy guidelines and recommendations surrounding young sudden cardiac deaths.

I pledge to support CRY to help improve the healthcare policies in place for diagnosing and treating young people”.
Find out more about how you can get involved and for support here: https://www.c-r-y.org.uk/

Darren writes to Health Secretary on Social Care

Following widespread concern that implementing the NHS Long Term Plan will be hamstrung by staff shortages, Darren has written to the Government asking them to ensure that the forthcoming Social Care Green Party does not befall the same fate. Current consensus around the content of the Green Paper indicates that implementing it will require a properly staffed social care system due to the nature of its aims.

 

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MP visits Lockleaze Sports Centre

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones recently visited Lockleaze Sports Centres to meet the team behind the new centre and hear about their ambitions to build indoor sports-court facilities.

Darren said:

“Thanks to the team at the new Lockleaze Sports Centre who recently showed me the great facilities on offer. The centre has plans for expansion, which will hopefully see up to a 12-court indoor sports hub created. Sport and leisure facilities are in huge demand across the city, so it would be fantastic to have a hub here in Lockleaze, I’ll do what I can to support the Centre’s funding applications to Sport England”.

 

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Darren asks for Climate Change debate

Time is increasingly running out to tackle climate change, with the UN stating that there is only 12 years left before the world suffer disastrous levels of damage as a result of it. In light of this and similar advice from the UK’s Climate Change Committee, Darren demanded a main House of Commons debate on climate change.

Darren speaks to Points West about People’s Vote

Following the unsuccessful motion of no confidence in the government, Darren appeared on BBC Points West to discuss next steps on Brexit and to restate his commitment to campaigning for a People’s Vote.