Darren champions vital medical research

Darren has sought a meeting with Nicola Blackwood, the Health and Social Care Minister, to look at doing more to encourage life-saving clinical research into brain tumour treatment and the causes of ME / chronic fatigue syndrome. This builds on conversations with a brain tumour campaigner and Bristol North West constituent, whose research Darren has submitted to Baroness Blackwood. Darren’s letter is below.

 

Darren discusses renewable energy options at National Grid

Darren joined fellow members of the Science and Technology Select Committee on a delegation to SSE and the National Grid on Tuesday. This was a valuable opportunity to discuss changes in the UK’s transmission and distribution of power (including renewables) that will be necessary if we are to meet our net-zero obligations and mitigate the climate crisis.

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Darren to host Autism-focused surgery

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, will be hosting an autism-themed surgery with help from Bristol Autism Spectrum Services (BASS) on Friday 24th May.

Please note – as of 2nd May – this surgery is now fully booked. Another will be held later in the year.

Appointments will be available from 10.30am – 12.45pm. To book an appointment you must live in Bristol North West or be supporting a constituent as their formal advocate (if that’s the case, the constituent should also be in attendance). You can check if you’re represented by Darren by visiting: www.theyworkforyou.com/

These 30-minute private appointments could be used to discuss personal concerns that you are seeking Darren’s help/support with (for example, you or your child are struggling to get specific help) or you may want to share more general experiences that you feel Darren should be aware of (for example, how difficult it can be for you to access the community or services).

It could also be that you (or a family member/partner) want to lobby Darren on a policy issue related to autism for example, carers allowance, access to mental health services, SEN support or therapies.

Places are limited so please do get in touch with BASS by calling 01275 796 204 or emailing: awp.bassbristolas@nhs.net and providing your name, address, contact telephone number and a short summary of the issue you would like to discuss.

Once your appointment is confirmed, BASS will send you a time and the exact location of the appointment, which will be held in the Southmead area.

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Darren nominates Southmead NHS Heroes for national awards

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has once again submitted a number of nominations to the annual NHS Awards. All nominees work for North Bristol NHS Trust and are based at Southmead Hospital, the hospital in Darren’s constituency, and have been nominated by peers or managers.

 

The purpose of the awards is to celebrate the NHS, identify and highlight innovative and high-quality care across every constituency in England, and thank staff for their dedication, hard work and commitment by recognising and honouring their achievements.

 

Darren said:

“ I am incredibly proud of the work all of our NHS staff do in Bristol North West and right across the city, it was difficult to narrow down some of the submissions I received but I’m delighted to have been able to make nominations in a wide range of categories.

Whilst the national competition is bound to be a tight race, I’ve got my fingers crossed that at least some of our fantastic NHS services in Bristol make the final stage”.

Darren submitted the following nominations (see image below). You can view more information on each nomination on Darren’s Facebook.

You can also follow Darren’s work on Health here.

 

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Darren congratulates Lockleaze and Manor Farm volunteers

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has congratulated two local volunteers who were recently awarded the Lord Mayor’s Medal for their commitment to volunteering in Lockleaze and at Manor Farm Boy’s Club.

Darren said:

“ It’s fantastic to see two local volunteers recently awarded a medal by the Lord Mayor for their hard work. Well done to Vicky for her contribution to Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust and to Rob for his efforts at Manor Farm Boys Club. I am genuinely pleased to see both of these Bristol North West volunteers recognised for their dedication and tireless energy”.

 

 

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Darren calls for reinstatement of homeless budgets

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has joined calls for the government to reinstate annual budget cuts of £1billion made to council homeless services budgets.

Darren said:

“You only need walk around Bristol city centre, or any city centre in the UK, to see the increasing number of street homeless. Rising homelessness is a stain upon our wealthy nation and the government should be ashamed it has continuously cut vital funding to local councils and organisations who can help homeless back into housing, employment/training and access vital health and mental health and welfare support. £1b a year could help tens of thousands of people off the streets.

St Mungo’s (a charity based in Bristol that I have visited) and Homeless Link are absolutely right to call on the government to reinstate funding levels as they were under the last Labour government.

The charities are warning that punishing cuts to council budgets are leaving increasing numbers of people at risk on the streets, and are calling on the Government to act now to make up the funding shortfall – or inevitably face missing its own target of ending rough sleeping by 2027. I wholly support their calls.

You can follow Darren’s work on housing here. 

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Darren welcomes ban on lettings fees

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West,  has welcomed the forthcoming ban on letting fees and the announcement that Bristol City Council will host a national enforcement team.

Darren said:

” I am pleased to hear Bristol City Council has been chosen to host a new nationally-focused team which will provide greater protection for renters across England from letting agents who charge illegal tenant fees. Tenant fees in the private sector are banned in England from 1 June 2019. I fully supported this bill.

The new enforcement team – being led by National Trading Standards – will be responsible for regulating the private rental sector in England, protecting tenants and safeguarding compliant letting agents.

The National Trading Standards Estate & Letting Agency Team will act as the lead enforcement authority for the purposes of the Estate Agents Act 1979 and the Tenant Fees Act 2019. Letting agency regulation (covering England) will be led by Bristol City Council and estate agency enforcement (across the UK) will continue to be operated from Powys County Council.

This team will place Bristol City Council at the heart of influencing government policy to help enhance consumer protection“.

You can follow Darren’s work on housing here.

 

 

 

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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.