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Darren backs Lockleaze Community Plan

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The Lockleaze Community Plan front cover, with an image of Gainsborough Square

Writing on Facebook, Darren said:

I’m delighted to see the launch of a Community Plan for Lockleaze by the Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust with input from hundreds of residents. This ‘covers everything that affects quality of life’, for all ages: including jobs, transport, social spaces, youth provision, the environment and arts and culture.

You can find out more about the plan here.

Darren votes in indicative votes

Darren has voted in two rounds of indicative Brexit votes across the last few days. Indicative Votes are Parliament’s chance to have its say on Brexit. Below you can see, in chronological order,  Darren’s explanations for how he voted on each occasion, with accompanying photo:

27.03.19

‪Tonight I voted for a public vote and to revoke to avoid a no deal Brexit. As a compromise, I voted to give indicative support for credible single market+customs union options. ‬

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01.04.19

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***Indicative Votes II*** Tonight, I voted for a public vote and to revoke Article 50 to avoid a No Deal. I also supported Ken Clarke’s Customs Union as a minimum motion. Last week, I abstained on Common Market 2.0 and I did the same tonight.

I still think Common Market 2.0 is pointless: we stay and pay but have no say. We may as well stay in the EU. I was also concerned to hear that Boles said it didn’t need an extension to implement and, unlike the Clarke motion, it didn’t require it in WA as well as PD.

That’s relevant because any attempt to add the outcome of an indicative vote to the political declaration alone means the PM can bring MV4 with an updated but non-binding political declaration and ignore a public vote.

I would only support Common Market 2.0 if it was put to a public vote. Because of this risk, and because I wasn’t convinced that we were getting enough votes in return for PV, I decided to be consistent with my votes last week.

I couldn’t take the risk of being out manoeuvred on securing a public vote.