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Darren champions Bowel Cancer Awareness

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has championed the need for earlier diagnosis and treatment of Bowel Cancer as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

This follows Darren’s joint letter to government, ahead of the release of last year’s NHS 10 Year Plan in November,  calling on them to back Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to ensure bowel cancer is diagnosed quickly so patients have access to treatment and the highest possible chance of beating the disease.

Darren said:

“Every 15 minutes in the UK somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it affects us all. Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. This doesn’t just impact the person diagnosed, it affects families, friends and colleagues, doctors and nurses, scientists and researchers – that’s millions of people. We need everyone affected to take action to create real hope, now and for the future.

That’s why I’m working in Parliament to ensure bowel cancer is diagnosed quickly so patients have access to treatment and the highest possible chance of beating the disease: 

Join me by supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month via:www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/“.

To follow Darren’s work on health click here.

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Darren welcomes plans to ban ‘no fault’ evictions

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West,  has welcomed news of the government’s plan to ban Section 21, known as ‘no fault’ evictions.

Darren said:

“I am committed to strengthening tenants’ rights and I support the abolition of the current system of ‘no fault’ evictions. For many of the 4.7 million private renting households in England, the risk of being evicted by a section 21 notice casts a looming shadow of insecurity. While the majority of landlords are good landlords and most understand the expectations upon them, some rogue landlords and letting agents undermine the good work of the rest of the sector and give it a bad name. More needs to be done to make tenancies more secure and to ensure that homes are decent and affordable – overhauling Section 21 is a great start.

 Private tenants need clear and positive action and that is why I support a consumer rights revolution for renters to bring private renting into the twenty-first century. The Labour Party has long-campaigned to scrap Section 21, give renters greater security with a three-year cap on rent rises and introduce new legal minimum standards. This would be supported by introducing tougher fines for those who fail to meet minimum standards, with those fines funding local authority enforcement work.

Already this week alone, my office has heard from two constituents being evicted with only 8 weeks notice – they have no rent arrears and some tenants find they face eviction after asking for legitimate repairs – yet they get almost no protection from short-notice evictions under the current Section 21 process.

With ever-rising private rents, thousands on the housing waiting lists and cuts to welfare benefits, it has been clear to me that ‘no fault’ evictions have pushed many people into hostels, sofa surfing, van dwelling and street homelessness. I am glad the government have finally realised tenants deserve better protection, but it really shouldn’t have taken this long!

I will continue to press the Government at every opportunity to abolish Section 21 and reform the private rented sector to address the imbalance of power between tenants and landlords“.

You can follow Darren’s work on housing here.

 

 

 

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Darren welcomes Avonmouth Station grant

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has welcomed news of a £13,930 grant from Great Western Railway to Avonmouth Station.

Darren said:

“It is great news that five community projects in Bristol have been awarded over £70,000 funding for improvement schemes by Great Western Railway. Avonmouth Station Community Food Growing & Learning Space has been awarded £13,930 to develop the existing garden space at Avonmouth station to become a fully operational community food growing and learning space, overseen by Incredible Edible Bristol who are working with Feeding Bristol CIO and Bristol City Council towards a ‘Zero Hunger Bristol’.

It’s wonderful to hear that produce from the garden will be shared with the local community via Avonmouth Community Centre’s free/subsidised Lunch Club, the North Bristol Foodbank and the Bristol Jam Plan which serves homeless shelters. These local organisations work incredibly hard and their services are in great demand – anything that helps gets healthy food to vulnerable residents is to be welcomed. Well done to all involved“.

To follow Darren’s work on Transport click here. 

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Darren comments on Portway Rail Station progress

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has commented on the granting of planning approval for the new rail platform at Portway Park and Ride in Shirehampton.

Darren said:

“It’s great to see planning granted for a new rail platform at the Portway Park & Ride in Shirehampton.

As I’ve been arguing for sometime now through my North Bristol Transport Plan, we need major transport hubs at the key entry points into the city bringing rail, park & ride, parking and electric vehicle charging and cycle hire and lock-up onto one site.

This isn’t just great for residents needing to get into and out of town, but vital for our increasing commuter traffic as we try and persuade them to use public transport instead of their cars; reducing congestion and air pollution”.

To follow Darren’s work on Transport and review his North Bristol Transport Plan click here.

 

 

Vacancy: Campaigns and Research Assistant (Westminster)

Closing Date: 24 April 2019

Job Title: Campaigns and Research Assistant

Working For: Darren Jones MP

Location: London

Salary: IPSA Guidelines (Research 2) (London)

Job Details

Darren Jones MP, Member of Parliament for Bristol North West, is recruiting for a full time Campaigns and Research Assistant based in his Westminster Office.

Main duties will include:

• Undertaking research and writing speeches, reports and briefing notes on a range of issues;
• Collaborating with the constituency office on constituency campaigns and linking constituency work with Westminster processes (such as the use of parliamentary questions);
• Keeping up to date and assisting with Parliamentary bills, legislation, debates and questions;
• Assisting with work undertaken on the Science and Technology and European Scrutiny select committees;
• Assisting with work undertaken in APPGs and other project specific groups;
• Helping manage the Westminster diary;
• Helping respond to correspondence and enquiries to the Westminster office; and
• Providing generalist admin support, including having oversight of compliance issues such as declarations of interest.

Required Skills

• The successful applicant will have a strong record of research and excellent communications skills, including writing articles, breifings and reports;
• The ability to produce work of a high standard, often under pressure and to tight deadlines;
• Excellent time-management skills and the ability to prioritise own workload;
• A self-starter with the ability to work independently and also as part of a small team across two offices;
• Strong interpersonal skills;
• Previous Parliamentary experience is preferred but not essential;
• Experience in one or more of the following policy areas: technology, climate change, modern slavery and/or international relations;
• A keen interest in politics and current affairs.

Please note that some travelling between Westminster and Bristol will be required.

Darren Jones MP welcomes applications from candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. He is happy to consider job sharing applications.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO)page for further info.

Closing Date: 24 April 2019

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be held in Westminster on Friday 26th April. The successful applicant will start as soon as possible.

Application Details

To apply, please send your CV and a one page covering letter to sam.taylor@parliament.uk no later than midnight on the closing date. Where applicable, please include links to examples of your work.

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Darren comments on caravans on Downs

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has commented on the large group of caravans and cars that have arrived over this weekend (15th April).

Darren said:

“I am aware of reports of a fairly large group of caravans and cars pitched-up on the Downs near the Funder World Park.

Whilst I fully support any individual’s right to lead the lifestyle they choose – and that right and gypsy and traveller traditions should be respected – camp locations should be within the law and legal traveller sites (such as the transit site in Lawrence Weston) should be used rather than public open space.

I have therefore shared my concerns with the council.

Anyone with concerns about littering, dog fouling and/or noise, should report their concerns to the council so they can assess any impact on the local community and public space“.

The council advised on 15/4/19:

We have started the eviction process to remove the group.

The group have been offered access to the Transit Site in Avonmouth, which they declined. As a result, necessary paperwork has now been completed to apply for a possession order from the courts. This is likely to take two to three weeks to be given if our application is successful. Other action we’ve taken:

• Traveller Sites Officers have visited the group twice this morning and undertook a welfare assessment to check there are no pressing medical needs.
• The police will only intervene if there is a serious breach of the peace or a significant number of serious complaints are made to their 101 phone number.
• We have arranged from Bristol Waste for a large bin to be provided to the group for them to store their waste before this is removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren’s column in Henleaze and Westbury Voice

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  featured in April’s Henleaze and Westbury Voice.

Darren updates on Brexit, the environment and climate change alongside his response to the council’s A4018 consultation.

 

 

 

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Darren’s features in Sea Mills Newsletter

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  featured in April’s Sea Mills Community Initiatives Newsletter following his recent visit to the community garden.

You can get involved in the Sea Mills 100 celebrations or find out more about the community garden by using the details listed below or going along to one of the upcoming events. Darren hopes to attend  the Heritage Trails on 8th June before visiting Goram Fayre at Blaise Castle.