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Darren elected Chair of BEIS Select Committee

On Wednesday, May 6th, Darren was elected by his fellow MPs in the House of Commons to chair the Business Environment and Industrial Strategy Select Committee. This was the first real usage of the new virtual Parliament online ballot and Darren ran a campaign that priorities cooperation and collaboration between MPs during the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

Speaking about his election victory Darren said:

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Darren hosts the first virtual Café Politics

On Saturday, May 2nd, Darren hosted the first online edition of his popular Café Politics meet-ups. Normally, Café Politics is an opportunity to meet in a cafe in Bristol North West to discuss local and national issues with your MP and your neighbours.

Hosting this event online, using Zoom and Facebook Live, allowed more constituents than ever to take part.

Commenting on the record attendance, Darren said:

At times like this, it is more important than ever to talk about our issues and concerns as a community. That’s always the best way to come up with proper solutions to our challenges. I’ve missed hosting these meet-ups so I was touched to see such a great turn-out.

 

 

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Darren launches bid to be BEIS Chair

On April 14th, Darren launched his bid to become the new Chairperson of the Business Environment and Industrial Strategy select committee. Darren would be replacing the outgoing chair Rachel Reeves, who is now Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Darren has been a member of the BEIS Committee since 2018 and in that time has highlighted the key economic concerns of Bristol North West and stood up for environmental and worker standards nationally. As chair, Darren says he would continue to bolster the collaborative spirit of the select committee.

Writing about his bid in Politics Home, Darren said:

Looking ahead to this Parliament, the Committee has a full agenda: scrutinising government support for business through the pandemic; holding businesses to account for their treatment of workers; ensuring our net-zero policies effectively tackle climate change; making a success of Britain’s leadership of COP26; effectively scrutinising Government policy on energy infrastructure; and properly understanding the impact of technological change on work, training and skills.

But this isn’t just about me and what I think. It’s about the type of rigorous, professional and genuinely collaborative committee we can be together. The committee provides a service to the whole House, and to the country it serves. I am a team player and I will never use the chair for my own political purposes. If elected, I’ll ensure that every Committee member, regardless of party, is empowered to lead.

 

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Darren takes on lead MP role for the Bristol Economic Recovery Board

Darren met leaders of Bristol businesses, communities, third sector and academics to chart a course for the city’s economic recovery from the Coronavirus. Darren was asked to be the lead MP for the board by Mayor Marvin Reese and to advocate for Bristol in Westminster. The board was chaired by Deputy Mayor Cheney Craig and met for the first time on Tuesday, April 28th.

Speaking about their first meeting, Darren said:

I’ve had the privilege to listen to so many businesses, academic, third sector and community groups across Bristol already and pay thanks to Bristol Business Wes for their leadership. We’ve still got to get through this, but let’s be confident as we face the future together.