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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”.

 

 

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Darren’s column in Henleaze and Westbury Voice

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  featured in April’s Henleaze and Westbury Voice.

Darren updates on Brexit, the environment and climate change alongside his response to the council’s A4018 consultation.

 

 

 

Darren votes in indicative votes

Darren has voted in two rounds of indicative Brexit votes across the last few days. Indicative Votes are Parliament’s chance to have its say on Brexit. Below you can see, in chronological order,  Darren’s explanations for how he voted on each occasion, with accompanying photo:

27.03.19

‪Tonight I voted for a public vote and to revoke to avoid a no deal Brexit. As a compromise, I voted to give indicative support for credible single market+customs union options. ‬

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01.04.19

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***Indicative Votes II*** Tonight, I voted for a public vote and to revoke Article 50 to avoid a No Deal. I also supported Ken Clarke’s Customs Union as a minimum motion. Last week, I abstained on Common Market 2.0 and I did the same tonight.

I still think Common Market 2.0 is pointless: we stay and pay but have no say. We may as well stay in the EU. I was also concerned to hear that Boles said it didn’t need an extension to implement and, unlike the Clarke motion, it didn’t require it in WA as well as PD.

That’s relevant because any attempt to add the outcome of an indicative vote to the political declaration alone means the PM can bring MV4 with an updated but non-binding political declaration and ignore a public vote.

I would only support Common Market 2.0 if it was put to a public vote. Because of this risk, and because I wasn’t convinced that we were getting enough votes in return for PV, I decided to be consistent with my votes last week.

I couldn’t take the risk of being out manoeuvred on securing a public vote.

 

Darren condemns PM’s ‘MPs v. the People’ speech

Writing on Facebook, Darren responded to the PM’s speech in which she sought to set the public against MPs:

Not only is the Prime Minister dangerously delusional but she’s now become a right wing populist: putting parliament “in the way” of the people.

As your MP I have done nothing but try and get the best outcome for our part of the world, for our country and in line with the clear majority view of the people I represent.

At a time of enormous political tensions, created by the quite possibly the worst Prime Minister we’ve ever had, she’s added dangerous rhetoric to the populist’s arguments.

I get very little abuse or threats, although a few constituents have had visits from the police following threats made to me, but many of my colleagues are having an awful time.

This Brexit disaster is putting the very foundations of our country at risk of collapse. Regardless of our views on the best way forward we should now remember how much we value tolerance, freedom of speech, the rule of law and our democratic system.

The Prime Minister has become an authoritarian hostage to the preservation of her own deluded righteousness. But we don’t live in a dictatorship. We live in a country with collective Cabinet decision making and proper accountability by Parliament.

The Prime Minister has lost the plot. The Cabinet must force her hand or force her out. Parliament must take the reigns. And the British people must have the final say.

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Darren restates support for People’s Vote

In light of a House of Commons motion for a People’s Vote, Darren explained his position in terms of being for a People’s Vote and how we can get to one being held.

He wrote the following on Facebook, with the below letter:

My constituents know I’m committed to a People’s Vote and that I’ve been 100% committed to it at every vote. But I trust the guidance from the official People’s Vote campaign and from Peter Kyle MP / Phil Wilson MP that voting for (h) today puts it all at risk.

I hope that my constituents will trust my political judgement on this and I’ll be explaining why on my Facebook page after votes tonight. We have a real opportunity to secure a People’s Vote next week. I can’t put that at risk.

Here’s why:

 

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Darren speaks to Channel 4 about Brexit and Bristol

Darren welcomed Channel 4 to Bristol to discuss his work on Brexit in Bristol North West and his views about what should happen next.

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Darren states Brexit amendments position

Today, the Prime Minister brought a Brexit statement to the House of Commons to be voted on. Darren was asked to comment on it on BBC Points West, and used the opportunity to state his support for a number of amendments to the statement.

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Darren speaks out against anti-immigrant Immigration Bill

The Immigration Bill will set out the ending of Freedom of Movement and outline new arrangements for those who are currently covered by it. Darren criticised it for being anti-immigrant; he spoke about how the bill fails to provided for a welcoming environment for immigration, gives the Government undue power and fails to set out a positive vision for the country.

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Darren demands People’s Vote in light of Airbus concerns

Airbus employ 14,000 people in the UK, including 3,000 at Filton near Bristol. Today their chief executive criticised the UK Government’s handling of Brexit, calling it “a disgrace”, and saying that there was a possibility of them moving out of the country. That would have implications for hundreds if not thousands of Bristolians, damaging the network of manufacturing businesses in the area.

The matter came to Parliament in an urgent question, and Darren criticised Brexit’s impact on jobs and called for a People’s Vote.