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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 highlights learning disadvantage gap

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, had shared his concerns about the above-average disadvantage gap in Bristol North West.

The Education Policy Institute (EPI)  published its flagship Annual Report on the state of education in England and how well the government are doing in closing the ‘disadvantage gap’ on 30th July 2019.

The EPI found in Bristol North West, disadvantaged pupils are 23 months of learning behind their non-disadvantaged peers by the end of secondary school (much higher than the national average); 8 months of learning behind at primary; and 5.9 months of learning behind in the early years.

In terms of the national picture, for the first time since 2011, progress in closing the GCSE attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has come to a standstill.

Darren said:

The disadvantage gap is frankly beyond belief in a country as rich as the UK, and I will be raising my on-going horror at these stats after recess. I grew-up in council homes in Lawrence Weston and Shire, went to University before training as a lawyer and becoming your MP, I had those opportunities because of investment in education and policies that supported my family. Nobody should face educational disadvantage because of their family’s income.

I truly hope this report illustrates the impact austerity politics has had on the future of this country.

Those who supported cuts to education and youth services budgets should hang their heads in shame”.

You can read the full report here.

You can follow Darren’s work on Education here.

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Darren shares progress on Stoke Bishop Parking

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has updated constituents on the council’s plans to implement new parking restrictions in the Elmlea and Parrys Lane area of Stoke Bishop.

Darren said:

“Constituents who live near the University of Bristol halls of residence in Stoke Bishop have long been contacting my office regarding escalating parking problems.

I first raised these concerns with the university back in July 2018, and in September was assured steps would be taken to reduce the number of cars being brought into Bristol by students as well as the impact of the remaining cars on local residents.

Residents have made it clear the situation had not improved since those interventions, so back in December 2018, I wrote to the council and university asking that they urgently consider what action could be taken to alleviate this dangerous and inconsiderate situation. I’ve since been in touch with the council’s transport team to discuss their plans for implementing parking restrictions. Back in May 2019, I was advised:

The council will look to informally meet with residents in the coming weeks before they draft a scheme and prepare drawings. It is hoped an initial design can be progressed by August. The council have then pledged to undertake informal consultation with residents, and re-design as required, before drafting the relevant Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and advertising the proposed scheme. The TRO is a statutory process and there will be routes to object, although multiple objections would cause delay to the broader project, and the council hope by informally consulting first, the scheme will have the support of most residents. If the TRO is agreed and signed-off, it would then be issued to a contractor, with construction starting in late Spring 2020.

I am therefore pleased the council is sticking with this timetable, and has now published its consultation on the proposed parking restrictions. The scheme aims to improve access to residential streets and properties, reduce queues of traffic which disrupt the bus route on Parry’s Lane, and to make the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists. You can view the proposals and submit your comments before the 1st September here“.

You can view Darren’s work on Transport here.

 

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Darren joins Horfield litter pick

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another packed constituency diary and joined a litter pick in Horfield on Saturday 27th July.

Darren said:

“It was great to join so many volunteers in Horfield, with the Love Horfield group, for one of their many litter picks today. I wish there was no litter on the streets for others to have to pick-up, but it always inspires me how many of my constituents – of all ages – are willing to get involved and take pride in the place they live”.

You can find out more about the Love Horfield group by visiting their Facebook group.

 

 

 

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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 continues to call for new crossing in Lawrence Weston

Following meeting residents and parents of students from Oasis Academy Bank Leaze in May, MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones wrote to the council and Curo, a Housing Association building new homes in the area, to highlight his concerns about the lack of safe crossing.

Darren also sent a letter to all staff and parents/guardians of students of Oasis Bank Leaze advising how they could support the campaign.

Darren had urged supporters to sign a community-led petition calling for a pedestrian crossing and 20 mph zone near Oasis Academy Bank Leaze.

The lead campaigner has since presented the petition to the council (July 2019) and Darren has received a reply from Curo (click PDF’s below).

Darren said:

“It’s been fantastic to see the community in Lawrence Weston campaigning for a safer school crossing and 20mph zone near Oasis Academy Bank Leaze. I have signed the petition, and wrote to the relevant decision makers, and encourage those who live near, or visit the area, to do support these efforts.

The reply from Curo indicates a willingness to work with the council to improve pedestrian safety in the area, now we need to ensure this doesn’t end up on back-burner.”

Response to Darren Jones MP re. Corbet Close

Site map_Corbet Close

 

 

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Darren signs Cancer UK Pledge

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has signed Cancer Research UK’s Pledge (in full below) reinforcing that he will continue to support the NHS in fighting cancer. Southmead Hospital is sited within Darren’s constituency.

Darren has previously written to the government calling for more support for young cancer patients, the need for early detection of bowel cancer, post-treatment support for breast cancer patients and backed Breast Cancer Now’s ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign.

Darren said:

“I am delighted to have signed Cancer Research UK‘s pledge to Stand with the NHS Against Cancer.

We need a long-term, fully funded plan for a specialist cancer workforce. Without this plan, workforce shortages risk undermining the investment into the NHS and the ambitions of diagnosing 75% of cancers at an early stage by 2028.

I will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our NHS.”

Darren recently nominated some of the team’s at Southmead for NHS Parliamentary Awards and one of these nominations went on to win the national award for employee wellbeing. To follow Darren’s work on health please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren congratulates Orchard School on award

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has congratulated Orchard School in Horfield on their recent Nourish the Workplace award.

Darren said:

“It is great news that Orchard School Bristol have received Nourish the Workplace’s Health and Wellbeing Award!

Teachers and school support staff work exceptionally hard and deserve to have their own health prioritised alongside their pupil’s.

Well done to everyone involved”.

 

 

 

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Information on WECA’s Green Business Grants

West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has recently opened a £1million fund to applications from small and medium-sized businesses across Bristol, Bath, North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, to help improve their energy efficiency.

Grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 are available for improvements to the energy efficiency of buildings, including insulation, heating and lighting and/or purchases to improve business operations, such as election vehicles and more efficient production equipment.

Darren said:

“It’s great to see new funding from WECA for small and medium-sized businesses which will help to create greener, more energy efficient businesses. At a time when urgent action on climate change is needed more than ever, and with Parliament, Bristol City Council and other councils across the UK declaring a climate emergency, I encourage all business owners in Bristol North West to apply for WECA’s funding to work towards a greener future.”

If you need more information on the West of England Green Business Grants, including eligibility criteria, grant guidance and application forms, visit www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/green-business-grants.

You can keep up to date on my environmental work here.

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Darren hosts Henbury Pub Politics

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another busy constituency diary including hosting a fully-booked pub politics on Friday 19th July in the Old Crow in Henbury.

Darren said:

“I hosted a g‪reat pub politics at the Old Crow in Henbury tonight. The topics were wide-ranging but included Brexit, council and social housing, the A4018 scheme, local buses, the Bristol Arena, the new super sewer being constructed by Wessex Water and flood sea defenses in Avonmouth and Severnside. Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed.

To find out when my next pub and café politics sessions will be held, please visit this webpage‬”.