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Darren makes clean oceans pledge

Darren Jones MP is proudly supporting a Clean Oceans campaign led by Surfers Against Sewage.

Darren said:

” We must act fast to protect our oceans, I pledge my support to the new Surfers Against Sewage #GenerationSea campaign. I pledge my support, through my work as your MP, to stopping plastic pollution, acting fast to tackle the climate crisis, not letting sewage back in the sea and fully protecting areas for sea life to flourish”.

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

 

 

 

 

Watch: Darren calls for more council housing

For tens of thousands of people in Bristol North West, and millions more around the country, affordable housing is simply beyond reach. It’s clear that the market has failed — and it’s equally clear that any real solution must begin with an ambitious programme of new council homes. Watch Darren’s contribution in the House of Commons below:

 

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Darren supports LGBT+ asylum seekers

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has signed a cross-party letter supporting calls for the Home Office to urgently review how it assesses LGBT+ asylum seekers claims where they may be forced to return to countries with anti-LGBT+ laws.

Darren said:

” I’ve signed a joint letter with regional Labour MPs and the Co-chairs of the LGBT+ Labour South West, calling on the Home Secretary to urgently review how it handles cases involving LGBT+ people from countries that have anti-LGBT laws.

No one, including Kenneth Macharia from Bristol who plays for the Bristol Bisons RFC, should be at risk of being deported back to a country where they face persecution and even death for being who they are”.

 

 

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Darren slams TV Licence decision

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has commented on the BBC Trust’s decision to align free TV licences for the over-75’s to Pension Credit from May next year.

Darren said:

” As we approach Loneliness Awareness Week, it’s clear older people in Bristol, and across Britain, face a loneliness epidemic, and millions rely on TV for companionship, news and connectivity. The Government’s decision to defund the BBC, and force them to scrap free licences for over-75s, was miserly, short-sighted and wrong. It is a clear breach of the last Conservative manifesto, and the 5,100 households in Bristol North West who stand to lose out will rightly feel betrayed. I share their anger.

Uptake for Pension Credit is also woefully low, and frankly the Government aren’t doing anything to ensure vulnerable pensioners get what they’re due now – I sincerely hope they plan to raise awareness of how to claim Pension Credit before any changes take place”.

You can find out more about the TV Licence changes and how to claim Pension Credit here.

Darren has written to the Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright to express his dismay at the betrayal over TV licences, on behalf of the thousands in Bristol North West who are projected to lose out.

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Darren visits Shirehampton, Sea Mills, Blaise Castle and Westbury

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another packed constituency day on Saturday 8th June 2019. Darren joined the opening of the new museum (in a telephone box) to celebrate 100 years of Sea Mills, joined the annual afternoon tea and awards ceremony at Penhill Residential Home in Shirehampton, stopped by the BS9 Arts Trail in Westbury on Trym and the Goram Fair at Blaise Castle Estate. Darren had also been due to host a Powered By You stall in Sea Mills/Stoke Bishop, but this was postponed due to the high winds.

Darren said:

“I really enjoy busy constituency days, where I get to see as many people as possible, hear about the fantastic volunteering that makes many of the local fetes and fairs I attend happen, and can see community spirit in action.

It was great to attend the annual awards and afternoon tea at Penhill, see the art work by Redmaids students that formed part of the BS9 Art Trial and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sea Mills. To then top-off the day by joining the Goram Fair was really rewarding – we have a lot to celebrate here in Bristol North West”.

 

 

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CCG reply – Mental Health Contract

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has now received a reply to his enquiry following the recent awarding of a CCG contract for mental health (psychotherapy services) to Vita Health Services:

To follow Darren’s work on health click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren makes Carers Week Pledge

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has pledged his support to Carers Week 2019.

Darren Jones said:

“Every year, #CarersWeek raises awareness and celebrates the contribution of the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers, and spreads the word about support available for those who are caring. This year is the 25th anniversary of Carers Week. I held a carers-themed surgery back in January to ensure I heard from constituents and the issues they are encountering as carers or those who have carers.

The focus of Carers Week this year is ‘Getting Carers Connected’. Everyone has a part to play in connecting carers and helping them to get the support they need to care without putting off their own health needs or losing important relationships with others.

This year seven major charities are coming together and will be Getting Carers Connected. They are Carers UKAge UKCarers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, @Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Rethink Mental Illness and Sense.

I’ve signed the Carers Week Pledge to do what I can to keep carers connected and reflect on their concerns in my work as your MP.

To find out more about Carers Week and the support available please visit: www.carersweek.org/about-us/about-caring “.

 

 

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Darren backs “Dump the Scales” campaign

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has signed a cross-party letter supporting calls for the NHS to “Dump the scales” when assessing treatment thresholds for people with eating disorders.

Darren said:

“I’ve signed a cross-party letter to the Department of Health and Social Care supporting the ‘Dump the Scales’ campaign. The campaign seeks to improve the support for people with eating disorders, with thresholds not based on BMI but the a person’s needs.

At present, people need to be at a very low BMI before they are referred for support – that means people have to reach a crisis point (anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness) before they can get the help they need – that’s totally unacceptable and must change”.

 

 

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Darren calls for inquiry into EU Elections disenfranchisement

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has signed a cross-party letter calling on the Cabinet Office and Electoral Commission to investigate why so many EU citizens to vote in the May 2019 EU Elections and prevent these issues from arising at any future elections.

Darren said:

“After hundreds, possibly thousands, of EU citizens living in the UK, and British citizens living abroad, were unable to vote in the recent EU elections, I’ve signed a joint cross-party letter to the Cabinet Office and Electoral Commission demanding a full inquiry. This situation is just not good enough – the government can’t keep failing to learn the lessons of past EU Elections and denying people their right to vote”.