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Darren backs Climate Strike marchers

Writing on Facebook, Darren said:

‪Solidarity with the #ClimateStrike marchers from Bristol and across the country today. You’re right: governments are failing to act urgently enough to climate change. I’ll keep pushing our government in Westminster on your behalf.  🌍

Our Parliament doesn’t debate climate change enough. Only Anna McMorrin MP and I have been able to force Ministers to give updates via Westminster Hall on the IPCC report and COP24. Each time we demand more urgency.

And my select committee (Science & Technology) is currently taking evidence on the technology requirements to meet our carbon emission targets (which should be strengthened). Again. A clear message from experts: you need to act more quickly.

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Darren backs Unions in Heart Unions Week

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Darren took the opportunity to have a photo with Labour South West colleagues demonstrating support for Heart Unions Week, the TUC’s week of activity focusing on the good work that unions do.

Darren wrote on Facebook:

I often meet with union organisers in work places right across my constituency: from Unite the Union at Airbus/GKN/Rolls Royce, USDAW at Tesco’s distribution centre and Unison at Southmead Hospital. And this week GMB secured a great deal for workers at Hermes, who also have a site in Avonmouth.

Unions aren’t as popular as they used to be, and young people aren’t signing up as members as much as they did. But they can play a vital role in securing better pay and work conditions, and offer lots of training and development opportunities for those that want to learn new skills.

If you aren’t a member of a trade union, and want to find out more please visit: www.tuc.org.uk/about-heartunions-week

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Darren responds to Downs Seawalls Café application

Following a recent request for views on the application, MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has submitted his feedback, on behalf of constituents, on the proposed café and toilet block near Seawalls on the Downs.

Darren said:

“Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on the proposed new café on the Downs.

It is fair to say views were mixed, but most constituents who contacted me, were concerned about the impact on local roads/parking and ensuring the Downs are not commercialised – I have taken these points and shared those views with the council“.

 

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Darren meets Sea Mills 100 team and joins Sea Mills and Stoke Bishop Local Forum

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones recently joined members of the team celebrating Sea Mill’s 100th Birthday. You can find out more and get involved in the centenary celebrations by visiting: http://seamills100.co.uk/

The evening before, Darren joined nearly 100 residents at the Sea Mills and Stoke Bishop Local Forum.

Darren said after the Forum:

“Thanks to the Sea Mills and Stoke Bishop Local Forum for inviting me to their meeting this evening. We covered my North Bristol Transport Plan, the number 3/4 bus routes, Stoke Lodge, tree planting, Sea Mills’ 100th birthday, the Downs Festival, local parking and cycling and the proposed new cafe on the Downs. And Brexit, of course.

If you’d like me to come to your local forum drop me an email on darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk”.

You can follow my work in the local area here.

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Darren calls for jail time for dog and cat meat consumption

Darren Jones MP is proudly supporting the World Dog Alliance’s campaign to end dog and cat meat processing, transportation and consumption.

Darren has signed an amendment to ban dog and cat meat consumption. The amendment for Agriculture Bill was put down by Giles Watling MP on 28 January. The Bill is currently sponsored by 15 cross-party MPs

Darren Jones MP said:

“The black market trade in dog and cat meat is abhorrent – the meat could be from a stolen pet, a diseased animal and most of these animals are killed and transported in the most horrific conditions.

Anyone knowingly transporting, storing or eating dog or cat meat must face the consequences of this unregulated and cruel trade”.

You can follow Darren’s work on animal welfare here.

 

 

 

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Darren calls for Living Wage at Sports Clubs

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones has backed the campaign to call on Rugby Clubs to pay their staff the living wage. Shockingly, 6 in 10 football clubs don’t – this is despite an average turnover of £233 million.

Darren said:

“Everyone working should get paid the per hour living wage. It’s concerning and unacceptable that a number of very well-off football and other sports clubs don’t pay their staff the living wage – despite making billions of profit between them. This must change and I am proud to support that campaign by signing this letter in advance of the Six Nations”.

 

 

 

 

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Darren speaks to Channel 4 about Brexit and Bristol

Darren welcomed Channel 4 to Bristol to discuss his work on Brexit in Bristol North West and his views about what should happen next.

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Darren speaks on Social Media report

Darren spoke in a debate on the Science and Technology Committee’s Report on Social Media. He is a member of the Committee.

The report, amongst other things, recommended that social media companies must be subject to a legal ‘duty of care’ to young users.

Darren spoke on the need for regulators to have access to relevant data.

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Darren supports Time to Talk campaign

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, showed his support for the national Time to Talk mental health campaign on Time to Talk Day on 7th February.

Darren Jones MP said:

“Today is Time to Talk Day, a chance for us all to think about how we can start honest conversations about mental health.

Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 of us, so I’ll be reflecting on how I can be more open about mental health, talk to others and break down stigma. Time to Change is a growing social movement run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. They’re working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. Since they’ve been running they’ve reached millions of people and changed attitudes and behaviour. But there’s still more to be done – that’s why I will continue to call for more accessible, high-quality and responsive mental health care and support wherever I can”.

You can find out more about local events and the Time to Talk campaign here.

 

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A4018 Proposals – How to make your views and suggestions known

Darren is calling on Bristol City Council to scrap controversial proposals which would see the carving up of Westbury-on-Trym village and the cutting off of Henbury and Brentry. Under these proposals, due to the volume of turning restrictions, congestion in Southmead is also likely to be impacted.

You can see Bristol City Council’s full proposals for the A4018 by clicking HERE.

Darren held his own series of briefings on 16th February with over 300 residents.

Darren is planning an additional meeting before the consultation closes on 9th March you can reserve a ticket here. 

The current proposals involve significant restrictions on routes through Westbury-on-Trym village, including turning roads such as Stoke Road into a semi-pedestrianised dead end and reversal of current one-way streets. Under these proposals, only buses, taxis and cyclists would be able to continue along the High Street past the Post Office. These changes would effectively close off much of Westbury on Trym village to cars, having a significant impact on high street businesses and the vibrancy of the village centre.

In addition, proposed changes to the Crow Lane roundabout (to turn it into a traffic light junction with turning restrictions) as well as restricted turns into Brentry Lane and Charlton Road, would see Brentry cut off from right turning northbound traffic, pushing drivers to go through Southmead to use already-congested roads.

Take action

Darren is calling on local residents to sign his petition to help show the strength of feeling against some of the current proposals:

What is good about these proposals?

Improving bus and cycle lanes is good for public transport. Buses are often late or cancelled because they get stuck in car based gridlock, reducing the number of people using them and keeping ticket prices higher.

Helping buses to become more reliable and on time will increase use and therefore reduce price, as well as helping us meet our air pollution targets. But these bus lanes need to be designed in the right way and should not impact village centres or cut-off whole areas due to a high volume of turning restrictions.

New traffic light proposals at the turn off for Southmead are welcomed, along with proposals for new pedestrian crossings along or near the A4018. Equally, improvements to pedestrian crossings and the flow of traffic at the Crow Lane roundabout are overdue.

What more could be included?

A new zebra crossing is needed further down Canford Lane and a change to the double roundabout near Southmead Hospital into a traffic light based system would be welcomed.

What do you think?

Darren wants to hear from local residents, especially along the proposed route, about their views.

With the help of volunteer distributors, Darren has printed 10,000 leaflets for delivery. He also welcomes e-mail feedback to: darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk (please include your address).

In a statement in early February 2019, Darren said:

I’m afraid it looks like the council has lost the plot. Under no circumstances can the proposed carving up of Westbury-on-Trym village happen and I will be calling on my colleague Mayor Marvin Rees to scrap them.
Residents and transport provides have made it clear to me in my North Bristol Transport Plan that they would like to see continuous bus and cycle routes along key routes, but these current proposals are not fit for purpose.
As I have set out in my North Bristol Transport Plan, I believe that a bus and cycle lane can be put along the main road from Henbury to Bristol City Centre without reducing the current road capacity for drivers and without the need for so many restrictions on turning off of the main road.
But these bus routes need to be attached to new Transport Hubs, bringing together park and ride, rail, car parking and electric vehicle charging and cycle hire and lock up. I have called for three of these, near the Henbury rugby club, at the Portway Park and Ride in Shirehampton and North of Lockleaze.
I will now consult with my constituents, with a particular focus on those who live along the proposed bus route, to gather their feedback so that I can ensure their views are heard loud and clear both at Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority.