Darren receives reply to animal farming concerns

Darren recently held a House of Commons debate on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and their increase in the UK. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations are where large numbers of animals are kept in relatively confined conditions. They can have negative animal health, human health and environmental impacts.

You can watch Darren’s speech and the Government’s reply in his debate here, and read the Government’s written reply to some of Darren’s concerns below that:

Policy Pods 2: Vital Brexit Deadlines

 

Since my election, I’ve been working really hard to bring politics as close to my constituents as possible. My coffee mornings, pub politics and weekly Facebook Live events have proven really popular, and constituents have fed back that they like having a bit more detail in explaining why something is the way it is.

 

So I’ve launched a new podcast, called Policy Pods, which will answer questions from constituents in a bit more detail.

 

In Policy Pods 2, we tried to work out what the main stops are on the road to Brexit – i.e. what has to be done, by when, by whom, for Brexit to happen on time. Subscribe to Policy Pods on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/policy-pods/id1448373508?mt=2) or on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/user-95863398).

 

Policy Pods 1: Introduction

 

Since my election, I’ve been working really hard to bring politics as close to my constituents as possible. My coffee mornings, pub politics and weekly Facebook Live events have proven really popular, and constituents have fed back that they like having a bit more detail in explaining why something is the way it is.

 

So I’ve launched a new podcast, called Policy Pods, which will answer questions from constituents in a bit more detail.

 

In Policy Pods 1, Darren introduces Policy Pods and shares details of how to enter episode ideas. Subscribe to Policy Pods on Itunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/policy-pods/id1448373508?mt=2) or on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/user-95863398).

 

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Darren signed successful Yvette Cooper ‘no deal’ amendment

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones signed his colleague, Yvette Cooper’s, amendment to the Finance Bill (page 7 of the link) prior to yesterday’s (8th January 2019) defeat of government in their Finance Bill.

This amendment, which was supported by the majority across the House on 8th January 2019, will prevent the Government implementing the “no deal” provisions of Clause 89 of the Finance Bill without the explicit consent of Parliament for such an outcome.

Darren said:

“If the UK truly wants ‘to take back control’ as was promised to so many voters in the referendum, it is absolutely right MP’s (as representatives of their constituency) have a say on all key decisions. To remove the right of MPs to vote on key provisions as they unfold undermines Parliament and our democracy”.

The amendment would provide three options for the provisions of Clause 89 to come into force:

1 – if the House of Commons has approved a negotiated withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship;
2- if the Government has sought an extension of the Article 50 period; or
3- the House of Commons has approved leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement and framework for the future relationship.

https://publications.parliament.uk/…/finance3_daily_rep_010…

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Darren asks questions on Digital Government in Science and Tech Committee

Darren attended a Science and Technology Committee session on Digital Government. The panel he asked questions to was made up of:

Professor Helen Margetts, Programmind Director for Public Policy, Alan Turing Institute

Peter Wells, Head of Policy, Open Data Institute

Daniel Korski, Co-founder and CEO, PUBLIC

The panel were being asked about how future technologies and innovation can impact Government.

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Darren writes to Homes England about Astry Close

Homes England are planning on closing a funding scheme before Ambition Lawrence Weston will be able to apply for it in order to build 40 homes for community use. They are planning on closing the fund even if there is money left. Darren wrote to Homes England to urge them to think again.

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Darren shares concerns about storage facility in Shirehampton

Following contact from a number of constituents over the Christmas and New Year period, Darren has written to all members of the council’s Development Control Committee in advance of tomorrow’s meeting (9th January 2019) which will consider a planning application for a new storage container facility in West Town Road, Shirehampton.

You can follow Darren’s work in the local area here.

 

 

 

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Updated with Government reply: Darren calls on Government to fund police pensions

Darren Jones MP has backed calls from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, for the government to review their plans to pass changes to funding of police pensions to police forces, potentially costing Avon and Somerset Constabulary an additional £9m per year.

Darren Jones MP said:

” Our Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Avon and Somerset Constabulary‘s Chief Constable Andy Marsh have been very clear that the local force is ‘at a tipping point’ and the government’s failure to properly invest in the police could lead to complex investigations such as sexual exploitation or domestic abuse being under-resourced. Earlier this year, I joined police officers on a typical Friday night in Bristol North West so I have seen first-hand the immense pressure they are under to meet rising, and changing, demands with less staff.

I have been advised today (25 10 18) that potential changes to funding of police pensions (and passing of those costs to the force) could cost Avon and Somerset Police £9m per year from 2020-21. Costs of this magnitude without increased funding will inevitably lead to cuts to the number of police and put public safety at risk.

But this is not ‘just’ a local issue, a report by the Home Affairs Committee released today said forces in England and Wales were “struggling to cope” amid falling staff numbers and rising crime. It also accused the Home Office of a “complete failure of leadership” – this is totally unacceptable and I wonder at what point the government will practice what it preached at Conservative party conference and truly bring an end to the crippling austerity that is bringing every one of our public services to breaking point?

Just over a year ago – in advance of last year’s autumn budget – I called upon the government to protect and boost police funding, I’ve also more recently championed investment into investigating child exploitation and, earlier this month, supported calls for fairer allocation of police funding. I have therefore shared my concerns with the government once again to demand proper funding and support for police“.

Update:

The following reply was received from the Government on the 7th of January 2019:

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Darren calls for experiences of unfair tipping

Darren is supporting a campaign to end unfair tipping practices, which is looking for your stories of unfair tipping. On Facebook, Darren said:

Together with More United, a cross-party campaigns group, Peter Aldousand Stephen Lloyd MP I’m running a campaign on unfair tipping. In the past, we’ve seen employers take up to 100% of tips, and even charge employees more money than the tips they received. It’s time we put a stop to these practices.

Share your experiences of this here:https://moreunited.typeform.com/to/wOit2u

We look forward to hearing from you; get in touch at darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk if you have any questions about this, or indeed about any other area of Darren’s work.

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Darren receives government response on sale of energy drinks to under 16s

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has received a formal response from the government regarding his letter on the sale and advertising of energy drinks to young people. 

As a member of the Science and Tech Committee, Darren has previously shared his concerns about the advertisement and marketing of energy drinks and health impacts on young people and urged for tighter restrictions on their sale.

Darren said:

“I recently shared my concerns with Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, about the sale and advertising of high-caffeine and sugar-filled energy drinks to children. You can see a copy of my original letter here.

I have now received a reply which outlines the results of the government’s consultation (which explored views on banning the sale of said drinks to young people) will be published later this year. I continue to call on the government to swiftly publish their findings and put a ban in place that protects young people from the effects of these cheap and widely-available drinks”.