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MP writes to Avonmouth, Shire and Lawrence Weston residents

6000 letters from Darren Jones MP will be delivered to residents across Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton and parts of Sea Mills and Coombe Dingle. The letter updates constituents on Darren’s work in the area including tackling flies as well as his North Bristol Transport Plan and Brexit. A significant number of constituents in the area have contacted Darren with concerns about increasing numbers of flies, noise, dust and fly tipping.

Darren Jones MP said:

“In the course of supporting local residents and understanding the concerns raised with me, I have previously met on-site with many Avonmouth-based businesses (including those that process refuse-derived fuel), Bristol City Council, Environment Agency, Wessex Water, SIMs Metal and the Port. I have recently met with the Environment Agency again, to discuss the on-going fly outbreaks which have affected the Avonmouth area during periods of warm weather as well as the recent fire, and on-going noise and dust, at SIMs Metal. I’m therefore pleased that SIMs have just advised the EA they hope to complete key improvement works, including better acoustic attenuation by Christmas. Additionally, if their permit for a new shredder is approved, these works should be completed in early 2020 and will significantly reduce noise and dust from the site.

To keep up discussion with residents, I have held a number of street stalls in the ward, with my office also attending  several ward meetings to hear the concerns of residents in the area. I wholly understand and share resident’s frustrations at this situation.

My letter also details updates on Brexit and my work to improve public transport and tackle climate change through my North Bristol Transport Plan. You can read more about my work on transport here“.

 

 

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Video: Darren comments on threat of no deal

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, commented on the government’s continued move towards a no deal Brexit following concerns from the former Chancellor Phillip Hammond.

Darren said:

” I agree with the former Chancellor when he says Boris (and Dominic!) are sabotaging any negotiations with the EU to further a hardline ideology. Crucially, this reckless ‘do or die’ ideology doesn’t have the support of Parliament and wasn’t on the ballot in 2016. As recently as March this year, Gove admitted that most leave voters hadn’t backed Brexit with a no deal in mind. Raab repeatedly said at the time no deal wasn’t an option.

No deal is a disaster for the country and for my constituency – with circa 1400 jobs predicted to be lost. As I said again on Sunday Politics back in July, the only way to resolve this is to go back to the British people and ask – now there is detail of what’s realistically on offer and the consequences – how they want to proceed, and then get on with it.

Boris has made several spending pledges since becoming PM, I’m keen to understand where all this ‘new’ money is coming from. Quite rightly, Labour has been asked these questions when they’ve made pledges – yet time and again there’s no detail from Boris (and much of the money seems to be recycled from existing budgets).

At some point, whoever is in government will need to face the reality that any form of Brexit will make the UK poorer and a no deal will be catastrophic for our country’s prosperity – false promises and empty spending pledges won’t be enough to save this country from job losses and an increasingly-likely recession.

Boris needs to stop channeling his time in the playground at Eton and remember he has the country’s future in his hands”.

 

 

 

 

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Darren comments on drop in GDP

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, comments on the drop in UK GDP announced on 9th August 2019.

Darren said:

“Boris has no mandate from Parliament or the British public to crash out with a chaotic no deal Brexit, but if he does, we’ll be seeing a whole lot more headlines about economic contraction as we slide closer to recession.

Let’s not pretend otherwise – stats like this ultimately equal job losses and a drop in our prosperity. If we leave with no deal, food prices will rise sharply, the pound will slump (even further that it has) and we will see formerly strong businesses go bust – sadly some of them will be here in Bristol. There will be significant knock-on impacts in whole supply chains and the service and retail industry.

No deal means playing Russian roulette with the UK – any MP who is happy to do that, is clearly putting ideology before their constituents, the very future of our United Kingdom and the country’s economic prosperity”.

 

 

 

 

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Darren visits GKN and Airbus

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, visited GKN and Airbus on Friday 26th July.

Darren said:

“I held an important meeting, and tour of the A400M site, with Unite the Union, GKN and Airbus today.

I will not put my constituent’s jobs and prosperity at risk – I remain fully committed to backing our aerospace industry, its supply chain and fighting a no-deal Brexit which would be disastrous for the sector, and its employees”.

 

 

 

 

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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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***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.

 

Watch: Darren’s emergency Brexit Briefing for constituents

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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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