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Darren demands urgent corrective action to resolve the A-Levels crisis.

In support of students in Bristol North West and across the country, Darren has urged the Education Secretary to urgently resolve the A-Level crisis unfolding in Colleges and Sixth Forms across the country. Corrective action needs to be taken now and this mistake cannot be repeated when GSCE results are published this week.

You can read Darren’s letter in full below. If you are a student that has been impacted by this discriminatory algorithm, please contact Darren directly at darren.jones@parliament.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren Argues for a Green Recovery

We need a fiscal stimulus in people, as well as infrastructure, as we transition to a more sustainable, inclusive and productive economy.

Read Darren’s article for The Times Redbox published on July 6th in advance of the Chancellor’s summer statement. In it, Darren makes the argument for a green recovery that prioritises investment in skills and jobs.

Read the full article here on Medium here. Or at The Times here.

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Darren backs a virtual parliament during the pandemic.

Darren joined a cross-party call for Parliament to return so that MPs can work together and scrutinise the Government’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The letter urges the House of Commons to work with the Parliamentary Digital Services to find a way of hosting a secure virtual parliament.

Update: Parliament returned from recess on Monday, April 20th in a semi-virtual format using a special version of Zoom to facilitate engagement.

You can read the letter that Darren co-signed here:

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Darren calls on Chancellor to support dental practices suffering during the Coronavirus.

This week, Darren wrote to Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor, in support of the thousands of high-street dentists and local practices impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. According to the British Dental Association (BDA) over 70% of practices will struggle to survive past the summer under current conditions.

While these practices perform a vital public health service, many do not qualify for the support offered by the Treasury to businesses and other organisations. Darren’s letter calls for proper support to be given to the dental industry including the fast-tracking of CIBL support, an extension of business rate relief to these practices, and dedicated grants offered to high-street dentists.

You can read Darren’s letter to the Chancellor here:

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Darren demands support for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises hit by the Coronavirus

On March 21st, Darren called for proper support to be given to charities, social enterprises and the voluntary sector. Along with almost 250 MPs and Peers, Darren asked the chancellor to update the support offered for organisations impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic to include charities and other groups.

Update: On April 8th, the Chancellor outlined plans to support Charities and the 3rd sector with dedicated Coronavirus funds. Details here. Darren continues to push for a broader and more inclusive safety net for any charity or 3rd sector group affected by Coronavirus.

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Darren calls for further action on fly swarms during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Darren wrote the Environment Agency today calling for further action on the recurring and unpleasant increases in flies in Avonmouth and the surrounding areas.

This letter asks for an independent investigation into the causes of the annual spikes in fly populations in these areas. This is so a consensus can be reached between the groups responsible for finding solutions to this problem. The letter also calls for fly spray and paper to be provided for those people the at are self-isolating in the affected areas. Some of those staying at home are not able to get these supplies and are bearing the brunt of the flies.

 

 

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Colour in Bristol North West

To help make the second half of the Easter Holidays a bit cheerier, we’re running a little competition to colour in some of our great landmarks in North West Bristol.

To enter the competition, please send me your coloured-in pictures to darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk. The competition runs all of this week and ends on May 1st.

If you take a picture of your colourings and pop it on Facebook and tag me, I’ll do my best to leave a comment and a thumbs up too.

Thanks,

Darren Jones

Thank you to Ella Bryden (@ellabrydendesign) for the great illustrations of Avonmouth Bridge, the botanical gardens and Blaise Castle!