Darren seeks to reverse job losses at South West Forensics

Our forensics teams need more resources, not less ⁠— that was the finding of a recent House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report, and that was Darren’s message in a recent letter to Avon and Somerset PCC Sue Mountstevens, questioning the recent decision to cut jobs at South West Forensics.

 

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Darren visits relaunched Southmead Children’s Centre

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, visited the newly re-launched Southmead Children’s Centre on Friday 30th August.

Darren said:

“It was fantastic to see the Southmead Children’s Centre open today: the centre is keeping the vital legacy of Sure Start alive and kicking with day care, family support and a soon to be launched forest school!

Well done to Bristol City Council, Mayor Marvin Rees, Councillor Helen Godwin and all the team for making sure these hugely important services are available to our local communities – at a time when councils up and down the country are closing children’s centres, we should be proud ours are being revitalised. It was also great to see the fab “Briony from Bristol” again – I need to get her views on the new series of GBBO!”

 

 

 

 

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Darren speaks at Stop the Coup rally in Bristol

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones spoke at the pro-remain and reform ‘stop the coup’ rally held in Bristol on Saturday 31st August.

The rally was called at short notice after the Prime Minister outlined his attempt to prorogue Parliament during September and October in advance of the tabled Brexit day of 31st October 2019. Darren has shared his views on the Prime Minister’s attempt to muzzle Parliament and avoid legitimate debate.

After speaking at the rally, Darren said:

“It was a ‪ privilege to speak at the StopTheCoup rally in Bristol today. As a Member of Parliament in a remain constituency,  it’s my job to be my constituents Voice in Parliament. We won’t be closed down. We won’t let our voices be ignored”. ‬

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Library Drop-in Event Information

In March 2019, Darren attended a Library Ideas conversation event to discuss and look at innovative ways to continue running the service after all of the city’s libraries were saved from closure by Bristol City Council in 2018 – which you can read more about here.

Following the Library Ideas conversations, throughout September there will be a series of Library drop-in events open to all that are being held in libraries across Bristol North West to help get an idea of people’s ideas and priorities for the future of libraries.

Please find the dates and the Facebook event links below;

  • Henbury Library: Wednesday 4th September 2019, 2pm – 7pm (Facebook event here)
  • Lockleaze Library: Thursday 5th September 2019, 11am – 4pm – (Facebook event here)
  • Avonmouth Library: Friday 6th September 2019, 1pm – 5pm – (Facebook event here)
  • Southmead Library: Tuesday 10th September 2019, 11am – 5pm – (Facebook event here)
  • Horfield Library: Monday 23rd September 2019, 11am – 5pm – (Facebook event here)

 

 

 

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Darren joins cross-party push to prevent no-deal

This evening Darren stood with (now ex-)Tory rebels and other Opposition MPs in voting to empower Parliament to take control of the Brexit process and avoid a catastrophic no-deal outcome. The House of Commons voted decisively in favour of allowing debate on a bill which mandates the Prime Minister to seek a further extension if he fails to renegotiate a deal. This is a major setback for Boris Johnson’s undemocratic and reckless Brexit strategy, and a victory for sensible MPs across the political divide — but the fight’s not over yet, and it now seems inevitable that we’ll be plunged into a General Election before too long. Ultimately, it’s clear that the only democratic way to resolve this impasse is by putting Brexit back to the people in a public vote, but thanks to MPs who put the national interest before their careers we’ve taken a decisive step away from the no-deal precipice.

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Darren presses PM to back down on prorogation power-grab

In Britain, Parliament is sovereign. And in normal times, with no majority for a no-deal Brexit, the Government would have to convince more MPs or think again. We can’t move forward on Brexit by bypassing democracy. So I want to be clear: Boris Johnson’s decision to shut Parliament down for five weeks — denying MPs vital time to stand up for our constituents and act in the national interest ⁠— is the act of a tin-pot dictator, and the House of Commons must resist this constitutional outrage.

Below is the letter, signed by Darren and 147 other Labour MPs, urging the Prime Minister to think again.

 

 

 

 

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Darren hosts Stoke Lane Café Politics

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another busy constituency diary including hosting a fully-booked café politics on Saturday 31st August in Hunters Café on Stoke Lane.

Darren said:

“I hosted a g‪reat café politics on Stoke Lane last weekend. The topics were wide-ranging but included Brexit, transport and climate change. Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed.

To find out when my next pub and café politics sessions will be held, please visit this webpage‬”.