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Darren takes on trade diplomacy responsibilities at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

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Since my election I have worked with the Commonwealth on its human trafficking project, working with Commonwealth nations to harmonise legislation across the world to more effectively deal with the trade in human slaves and the illegal trafficking of workers against their will.

This year, I extended my work with the Commonwealth to include trade diplomacy, an important issue in post-Brexit Britain. In this role, I was invited to join a small trade delegation to Malaysia and Singapore during recess last week. We met with British companies and ex-pats, our High Commissions and trade commissioners as well as parliamentarians, ministers and trade groups in both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Of particular interest to me, is the potential for UK technology exports and the legislation Singapore has put in place to deal with fake news. Defence procurement was also included, important to defence manufacturing businesses in North Bristol.

I also had the privilege to lay a wreath at the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore on the grave of an airman from Bristol, who died as part of the Japanese invasion during WWII.

Whilst in Kuala Lumper, I also met with YTL, which owns Wessex Water and is developing the Filton Airfield (including the proposed Bristol Arena, which sits within my constituency). In line with the extensive feedback I’ve received from constituents, I raised local residents’ concerns about transport infrastructure around the proposed Arena and the need to invest to reduce the risk of gridlock on our roads when events take place. I was told of YTLs investment into road, rail, bus and cycle infrastructure and about the ongoing negotiations with both Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council.

Britain’s education system is a vital part of our relationship with allies across the world, and I heard many positive stories of scholars from both Malaysia and Singapore who have studied in the UK including Bristol.

When published, you will be able read the formal CPA delegation report here.

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Darren asks Council for Passage Road safety improvements

Darren Jones MP has written to Bristol City Council transport-lead Cllr Kye Dudd to ask that parking restrictions be placed along the section of Passage Road between Westbury-on-Trym village and Greystoke Avenue alongside existing West of England plans to install a pedestrian crossing at the southern junction of Passage Road and Shipley Road.

Darren said:

I am concerned that unless [the new pedestrian crossing] is accompanied by parking restrictions, such as double yellow lines, the risk of traffic collisions and accidents on this section of road will continue to be too high.

Letter to Cllr Kye Dudd about putting parking restrictions on Passage Road

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ClairCity research, in partnership with BCC, shows Bristolians are more ambitious when tackling Climate Change

ClairCity, an EU-funded research project working with UWE and BCC, published a report this week that suggests that net-zero targets could be achieved more quickly if the public is involved in designing environmental policy.

A copy of the summary of their report can be found below. It includes details of a climate policy programme, designed by Bristolians, that tackles air pollution, calls for public transport investment, and more green housing initiatives.

Welcoming the report, Darren said:

This Action Plan shows the public want to tackle our Climate Emergency and they want our governments to be more ambitious when facing this challenge head-on. It also indicates that the contributions of the public are a valuable and underutilised resource when creating environmental policy, a view that I’ve held for some time. With Bristol piloting a climate focussed Citizen’s Assembly this year, I’m sure we will see even more evidence of this soon

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Darren calls for strategic investment in local transport

Writing in his regular column for the Bristol Post, Darren welcomed investment in orbital bus services, segregated bike lanes, and passenger train services in Bristol North West.

Bristol Public Transport Darren Jones Bus Trains MP Investment Eco

Bristol Post - Feb 11, 2020 p14
Bristol Public Transport Darren Jones Bus Trains MP Investment Eco