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Watch: Darren calls for new powers to tackle fly epidemic

It’s simply unacceptable that people living near industry in Avonmouth have to put up with a huge increase in flies whenever it warms up. In spite of attempts to tackle the problem at source, for instance by eliminating open-air waste facilities, it’s manifestly not enough. We have to give regulators like the Environment Agency real powers to take decisive action, as Darren argued on Points West this afternoon.

 

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Watch: Darren demands greater accountability in NHS procurement

For patients, NHS staff and other stakeholders, the arcane procurement process can be completely mystifying. In practice, this means less accountability and not enough certainty about the future of service provision locally and their livelihoods. As Darren argued in a Westminster Hall debate secured by Bristol South MP Karin Smyth this afternoon, the process needs to be made much simpler and more transparent.

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Southmead wins regional award after Darren’s nomination

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones has expressed his delight that a local programme has been named regional champion in a prestigious competition to celebrate excellence in health and care in England.

The NHS Parliamentary Awards, supported by Fuji Film, recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

Launched in March, the awards asked MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services across ten categories. Darren submitted six nominations for staff and programmes based at Southmead Hospital, which is sited in the MP’s Bristol North West constituency.

North Bristol NHS Trust’s Wellbeing Programme was nominated for the new Wellbeing at Work Award by Darren with the MP citing the programme as an inspirational leader in the field of employee wellbeing within the NHS.

Having been named champions by senior regional NHS experts, they will now vie with other regional winners from across England for the national award, to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

Darren Jones MP said:

“I know that everyone in Bristol will share my delight and pride that North Bristol NHS Trust’s Wellbeing Programme has been named regional champion. I made this nomination as I was really inspired when I heard the Chief Executive’s strap line to staff was ‘your health is as important as our patients’. That’s right, as ultimately staff who are absent due to illness, feel unsupported or are struggling, aren’t going to be able to provide the best care for their patients and may end up needing NHS care themselves.

I was also impressed with the broad range of needs that had been considered in the programme from caring responsibilities, menopause to flu clinics, setting up health walks and training Mental Health First Aiders. It’s fair to say, the programme at North Bristol NHS Trust is leading the way when it comes to wellbeing at work. They are also representing the thousands of staff and volunteers who work day in, day out across our city and region to shape, deliver and support health and care services, and we’ll all be backing them to win the national award in July.”

From more than 500 entries, senior experts in each region have chosen ten outstanding nominations, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.

All the champions will be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on July 10th.

The ceremony will be hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP & TV Doctor best known for This Morning, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and GPs: Behind Closed Doors. A special performance from the NHS Choir.

The regional champions will now go forward to a final round of judging by a panel including the leaders of Royal Colleges, Carers UK, AGE UK, a member of the NHS Youth Forum and the Patients Association – collectively representing millions of health and care workers and patients.

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

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Darren seeks a solution on Avonmouth flies

Darren has written to the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, to ask that the Environment Agency be given the additional powers it needs to relocate or close the waste processing facilities responsible for the out-of-control fly population in Avonmouth and surrounding areas.

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Darren calls for better support for young asylum seekers

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has signed a cross-party letter supporting calls young asylum seekers to get the same framework of care offered to young care leavers.

Darren said:

“I’ve signed a joint letter to the Home Secretary asking that he urgently review the health and well-being support available for young asylum seekers. I believe young asylum seekers, aged 18-25, should have the same framework of support we offer to care leavers of that age.

Aged 18, young people, who are likely to have no family in the country and may speak little English, may have witnessed or experienced trauma should not find they have no age-appropriate support. The government’s own Care Leavers Strategy acknowledges the difficulties faced by young adults leaving care, the struggle of independent living and the need for guidance, help and support that young people would usually receive from a parent or guardian. Young asylum seekers are no different.

That’s why, I’ve called for Youth Welfare Officers to be based in adult accommodation provided to young asylum seekers”.

                                                   

 

 

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Darren calls for support: Henbury Loop and new Lockleaze railway station

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has continued to call for wider investment into North Bristol’s infrastructure by writing to the Cabinet Lead for Transport at Bristol City Council. The letter came in advance of an important cabinet meeting (on 18th June) to discuss multiple transport projects across Bristol.

Darren said:

” I’ve written to the council’s Cabinet Lead for Transport, ahead of tonight’s cabinet meeting. It is vital we see support for the full Henbury Loop line (not just a spur), revisit the business case for a new station in Lockleaze and back wider transport investment in North Bristol. If we want to see improvement in congestion and air pollution, we must back a multi-function, hub-based approach as I have called for in my North Bristol Transport Plan“.

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

 

 

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Darren visits Home for Veterans, opens Nursery in Lawrence Weston and The Old Library in Eastville

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another packed weekend. Darren joined the team from Alabare Christian Care and Support to tour their new Bristol Home for Veterans. Darren also opened the new nursery in Lawrence Weston and visited the community café at the Old Library in Eastville.

Darren said:

“It was wonderful to visit the Old Library in Eastville – the centre has a fantastic café, kids area and awesome outdoor space. Hats-off to the volunteers from Lockleaze, Eastville and the surrounding area for creating such a great community space. I hope all our libraries can become hubs for community activities and provide a wide variety of services alongside the traditional book-lending schemes.

 I was also delighted to officially open the Long Cross Nursery in Lawrence Weston, which is linked to Oasis Academy Long Cross. I have long campaigned for fully state-funded childcare  – funded nursery places for two year olds should be available for all. I’ll continue to call for that.

I was also pleased to meet the manager at the new Bristol Home for Veterans that will open in Bristol North West in a few weeks. It is vital, after their hard work and service, our veterans get the support and care they need. Alabare are working to support veterans, vulnerable and homeless people and I applaud their efforts. I do however feel the government could do much more to vulnerable support people – and a start would be by providing a proper welfare safety net, ceasing the damaging system of Universal Credit and funding our councils so they can provide effective and well-resourced services”.

 

 

 

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Darren to join Loneliness Awareness Week events

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  will be joining Marmalade Trust’s Loneliness Awareness Week’s closing party, on Friday 21st June at the Colston Hall.   Darren will also be hosting his own ‘Great Get Together Picnic’ in Horfield on Saturday 22nd June.

Darren said:

“It’s Loneliness Awareness Week and to help celebrate efforts to bring the city together, I’ll be joining the Marmalade Trust‘s closing party at the Colston Hall on Friday.

Loneliness is a common emotion that we are all likely to experience at some point in our lives. To help raise awareness, and change the way we think about and acknowledge loneliness, the Marmalade Trust are partnering with Bristol Music Trust and the Colston Hall to host ‘Be Together Bristol; a day of free fun activities, performances and exhibitions on Friday 21st June. I’ll also be hosting my own picnic, on Saturday in Horfield, to help bring our local community together here in North Bristol. I hope you can join one of the events?”

To find out more about the Marmalade Trust’s events please visit: www.marmaladetrust.org/be-together-bristol/

 

 

 

 

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Darren continues to call for new crossing in Lawrence Weston

Following recently meeting with local residents and parents of students from Oasis Academy Bank Leaze, MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has now written to the council and Curo, a Housing Association building new homes in the area, to highlight his concerns. Darren has also sent a letter to all staff and parents/guardians of students of Oasis Bank Leaze advising how they can support the campaign.

Darren has urged supporters to sign a community-led petition calling for a pedestrian crossing and 20 mph zone near Oasis Academy Bank Leaze.

Darren said:

“It’s great to see the community in Lawrence Weston campaigning for a safer school crossing and 20mph zone near Oasis Academy Bank Leaze. I have signed the petition, and wrote to the relevant decision makers, and encourage those who live near, or visit the area, to do the same.”

You can sign the petition here.

 

Watch: Darren makes case for a family-friendly Parliament

Despite progress in recent years, Parliament too often feels like a workplace stuck in the last century. It remains an unforgiving environment for working parents, and – as Darren argued in a debate this afternoon – we should be moving forward now with commonsense reforms like expanding proxy voting.