Darren highlights 5G security worries

Darren spoke this afternoon about the risks of relying on Chinese Government-backed technologies to build our critical digital infrastucture.

Commenting, he said:

The Commons has been debating whether to use Chinese owned technology in our mobile networks today. Without Huawei we won’t deliver 5G on time. But there are concerns Huawei provides a backdoor for the Chinese state to use either today or in the future.

The evidence from my Technology Select Committee inquiry last year was that the underlying technology provides a similar hacking risk to that from other providers. The main issue, therefore, is a geopolitical one (would we rather work with European or American companies instead).

That’s a decision for the government to take. The reality, however, is that we don’t have a British option. We do have the people and skills to build this stuff though. That’s why today I asked the Government to prioritise British business so that when we need to, we can buy British.

 

What do you think? Shall we use Chinese technology in our mobile networks? The Commons has been debating whether to use Chinese owned technology in our mobile networks today. Without Huawei we won’t deliver 5G on time. But there are concerns Huawei provides a backdoor for the Chinese state to use either today or in the future. The evidence from my Technology Select Committee inquiry last year was that the underlying technology provides a similar hacking risk to that from other providers. The main issue, therefore, is a geopolitical one (would we rather work with European or American companies instead). That’s a decision for the government to take. The reality, however, is that we don’t have a British option. We do have the people and skills to build this stuff though. That’s why today I asked the Government to prioritise British business so that when we need to, we can buy British.

Posted by Darren Jones MP on Monday, 27 January 2020

Darren presses Ministers on facial recognition rights

Darren spoke in the House of Commons today to raise concerns about the use of cameras deploying live facial recognition technology to scan members of the public. Commenting, he said:

These can be used by police or councils to find people they want to arrest or fine, but are also used by shopping centres and certain land owners. They can keep a record of where you’ve been and also tell the users certain things about you, although often incorrectly.

Independent commissioners and civil liberty groups have expressed concerns about the use of this technology, and I’ve called on the government to put a proper legal framework in place before using this more widely.

 

I raised concerns this week about the use of cameras with live facial recognition technology – scanning the faces of members of the public. These can be used by police or councils to find people they want to arrest or fine, but are also used by shopping centres and certain land owners. They can keep a record of where you’ve been and also tell the users certain things about you, although often incorrectly. Independent commissioners and civil liberty groups have expressed concerns about the use of this technology, and I’ve called on the government to put a proper legal framework in place before using this more widely.

Posted by Darren Jones MP on Thursday, 30 January 2020

Darren signs Holocaust Book of Remembrance

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day — where we remember the 6 million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust, alongside all other victims of the Nazis — and Darren added his name to the Holocaust Educational Trust’s annual Book of Remembrance in Parliament.

2020 also marks 75 years since the liberation of Europe’s concentration camps and the end of the Second World War. We must recommit to learning the lessons of the Holocaust and resist the scourge of anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice wherever it occurs.

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Darren visits Bristol Port

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, visited Bristol Port on Friday 17th January.

Following the visit, Darren said:

“I visited Bristol Port this morning to hear about the latest developments for flood sea defences, to take a look at the welcome upgrades to the SIMs Metal site and to hear from the owners of the port about their investment into monitoring air pollution and investing in renewable power generation and cleaner processes on site.

Avonmouth is a strategically important industrial zone but, as always, it’s my job to not only support good work opportunities and a successful local economy but also ensure local businesses are acting ethically, cleanly and with an understanding of their impact on local residents.

Keep an eye out for the Air Pollution consultation soon (we’ll post it on my social media) and do contact me by emailing darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk if you have any concerns or questions.”

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Darren backs Alzheimer’s UK report

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has offered his support to Alzheimer’s Research UK’s new report. The report calls on government to prioritise funding and research to find a cure for dementia.

In their 2019 manifesto, the Conservative party pledged to launch a “Dementia Moonshot” to find a cure for dementia – doubling research funding and speeding up trials for new treatments. Alzheimer’s Research UK’s plan outlines the steps government must take to deliver its Moonshot ambition of finding a life-changing treatment for dementia.

These are:

  1. Find ways to detect the diseases that cause dementia 10-15 years earlier, to broaden the search for new treatments and intervene with those most at risk of developing dementia.
  2. Find ways to more effectively validate novel targets in early drug development to maximise chances of successful clinical trials.
  3. Make the UK the best place to conduct clinical dementia research.
  4. Expand research infrastructure to maintain the UK’s position as a world leader in dementia research.
  5. Further our understanding of dementia risk reduction and prevention and dementia in the context of multi-morbidities.
  6. Develop robust prevalence data for dementia to further our knowledge of the impact of dementia across our society.

Darren said:

” Dementia affects 1483 people in Bristol North West and, as a Dementia Champion, I know just how devastating dementia can be for families. Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched an ambitious plan in response to the government’s pre-election pledge to find a cure for dementia.

Dementia is the nation’s biggest killer. By 2021, over one million people in the UK will be living with dementia, and the condition will cost the UK economy a staggering £30bn each year. Despite this, dementia treatment and research lags far behind other serious diseases.

Finding new treatments means investing in key areas which have historically received little or no government funding. Government must take note of this report and act quickly. Opposition parties must hold the government to account to ensure they deliver on their manifesto promise”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren calls on Environment Secretary to adopt Deposit Return Scheme

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has written to Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers MP to ask her to adopt the suggestions of Girlguiding’s Future Girl campaign on a Deposit Return Scheme for plastic bottles.

Darren said:

Proposals for a DRS have already won approval across party lines. In December 2017, the Environmental Audit Committee produced a report on plastic bottle waste which found that the UK uses 38.5 million plastic bottles every day, of which 15 million are not recycled; they recommended that “the Government adapts a producer responsibility compliance fee structure that stimulates the use of recycled plastic, rewards design for recyclability, and increases costs for packaging that is difficult to recycle or reuse.” They also recommended “that the Government introduces a legislated Deposit Return Scheme for all PET plastic drinks bottles.”

Darren reflects on Australian bushfire crisis

In the House of Commons today, Darren shared his prayers with those suffering from the ongoing bushfires in Australia, and called on the British Government to do more in assisting our friends and allies in decarbonising power generation.

With 75 percent of electricity in Australia still reliant on coal, it’s clear that taking necessary steps to decarbonise over the coming decade will require some big changes, but as Darren argued this afternoon, Britain should be leading the world — starting with its presidency of the COP 26 climate talks later this year.

 

Australian Bush Fires and Coal Power

In the House of Commons today I shared my prayers with those suffering from the bush fires in Australia and called on the British Government to do more in assisting our friends and allies in decarbonising power generation. 75% of electricity in Australia still comes from coal. In the next decade, in the face of the climate crisis, the should no longer be the case.

Posted by Darren Jones MP on Thursday, 9 January 2020