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Darren to host family-themed Picnic Politics

Darren Jones MP is hosting a family-themed ‘picnic politics’ at Blaise Castle on Friday 31st August. If you would like to share your experiences of accessing childcare, school places, support for children with SEND and the challenges of being a modern working parent please stop-by.

Bring a picnic (and the kids!) and join Darren by the grassed area next to the play area and café from 1.30 -3.30. Well-behaved dogs on a lead are also welcome.

Darren said:

“I want to hear from local parents about their experiences – I know from being a new parent myself that being a modern parent is both rewarding and challenging – I want to know what’s working well for local families and what isn’t. Join me on Friday 31st to share your feedback in an informal setting’.

 

 

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Darren urges council to re-think Blaise parking charges

Hundreds of constituents have contacted Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, about the council’s consultation on charging a flat-rate of £2 for parking at Blaise Castle Estate and restricting parking on adjacent roads. The full proposals are available here.

Darren said:

“MPs can’t directly intervene in the council’s decision-making processes but we can ensure our constituents voice is heard – that’s why I have written to the parks team today summarising the feedback received. I continue to urge all users of Blaise Castle and local residents to respond to the council’s consultation. The consultation is open for comment until 30th July”.

 

 

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Darren calls for post-treatment support for breast cancer patients

Darren Jones MP has written to the NHS South West Cancer Care Alliance Manager in the Bristol area asking that they re-assess how they support patients at the end of their breast cancer treatment and to ensure they have access to post-treatment health and wellbeing advice events.

Darren said:

“At present, there is not enough support for patients reaching the end of what is a physically and emotionally draining treatment process – this is unacceptable and must change.”

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Darren continues to demand transport investment.

Labour MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has continued to call for large-scale improvements to transport infrastructure in North Bristol following a gridlock conference on Saturday 7th July.

Darren continued to put the needs of his constituents first by bringing together a wide range of experts and community groups from his constituency.

The group discussed the gridlock hot stops across the North Bristol corridor and how they may be impacted by further developments such as the proposed expansion of Cribbs Causeway, new housing developments at Filton airfield, the potential arena at Filton alongside the lifting of Severn Bridge Tolls. Attendees then debated how a Transport Fund for North Bristol could be spent to support solutions to the congestion faced by drivers, encourage more sustainable travel and boost the area’s limited rail, bus and cycle networks.

Ahead of the Gridlock Conference that he chaired, Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones had previously launched a petition calling on the region’s metro mayor, Tim Bowles, to commit at least £50m to a new transport fund for north Bristol and voiced his concerns about congestion with members of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Darren encouraged the LEP to back plans to invest £50 million into his North Bristol Transport Fund initiative.

Darren said:

“North Bristol is undergoing intensive development alongside a transport system and road network that is struggling to cope with current, let alone future, demands. Congestion is rife and it affects my constituents and local businesses every single day, not just in respect of travel time and parking but also our continued failure to meet air pollution targets. Transport is the number one local concern in North Bristol and anyone who uses our roads, buses and limited local rail network knows our infrastructure can’t cope with proposed development of thousands of new homes and new businesses. Walking is often not safe and cycle routes are inadequate.

With tens of thousands of new homes, plans to expand the Mall at Cribbs Causeway, the lifting of the tolls on the Severn Bridge (with no assessment of how many extra cars this will bring) and the potential for the Bristol Arena to move to North Bristol, we must get our transport solutions sorted now. My Gridlock Conference brought together representatives of transport providers, transport campaign groups, developers, community groups and business representatives who by working together can help to develop a North Bristol Transport Plan.

I had hoped this would be a cross-party initiative – for the benefit of North Bristol. I was keen to work with the Conservative Metro Mayor, Tim Bowles alongside Labour colleagues and I remain disappointed that the Metro Mayor refused to attend this meeting. For my North Bristol Transport Plan to work, we need a North Bristol Transport Fund. The LEP and the Metro Mayor have the ability to fund this, which is why I’m continuing to call on them to get involved and to deliver for my constituents and for North Bristol.”

Local residents can sign up to support Darren’s call for a £50m North Bristol Transport Fund for road, rail, bus, cycling and walking improvements by signing his petition here. 

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Darren meets Bristol North West NHS70 Award Winner

To mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, the Prime Minister awarded just seven volunteers for their outstanding health and social care achievements – Bristol North West resident Gillian was one of these seven award winners. Gillian has volunteered with families of children in Bristol Royal Hospital for Children over the last 31 years.

Gillian leads the ‘Friends for Parents’ a volunteer initiative at the hospital. The service provides everything parents might need while their children are in hospital – from delivering toiletry packs, to running errands for parents who do not want to leave their children’s bedsides, there is no job too big or small for Gillian and her team – that is why she is the 949th Point of Light (a cross-party award scheme).

Darren said after the visit:

” I would like to formally congratulate Gillian on being chosen as one of the NHS70 Point of Light award winners. Gillian’s fantastic work has inspired hospitals across the world to adopt the successful ‘Friends for Parents’ model, including institutions in Malta and Africa. Long may Gillian continue to provide this much needed service, and act a role model, to so many. I speak on behalf of all of Bristol North West – and indeed Bristol – when I say thank you Gillian”.

You can follow Darren’s work on health here.

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Darren backs region’s aerospace industry

 

 

On Saturday 14th July, Darren joined thousands of budding spectators, at the Royal Air Tattoo at Fairford.

Darren said after the visit:

“I am delighted to have attended this year’s Air Tattoo – and on the 100th anniversary of the RAF – on behalf of my constituents.  Many thousands across North Bristol employed in the aerospace industry and its supply chain – it is vital their jobs and our local economy is protected. I often see the wing components being made in North Bristol, but it was great to see the whole thing (the Airbus A400M in this case) today at the Royal Air Tattoo. Thank you to Airbus for the invite”. ‬

 

 

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Darren opens school’s new woodland

As part of his mission to visit every school in Bristol North West, Darren Jones MP recently visited Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School in Lawrence Weston to open their new woodland – named the St Francis Woodland. Year 5 students were asked to plan where, working with the Woodland Trust, 420 new tree saplings would be planted. Then, with the help of many parents, each child in the school was able to plant two saplings. The children (and adults) really enjoyed the experience especially when worms were discovered!

Darren said after the visit:

” This is the first time I have been asked to open a new school woodland – I feel privileged as it is vital that children and young people learn about the natural environment and how to use, protect and enjoy it. I hope the new woodland thrives and this is the first of many planned in local schools”.

You can follow Darren’s work on education here.

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Darren calls for Lyme Disease research and GP training

Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne disease and can be caught all over the UK including in urban parks and back gardens. Official estimates suggest around 3,000 cases a year, but this is thought to be much higher. Awareness amongst both the general public and medical professionals is low.

Lyme disease can be hard to diagnose. Tick bites are normally painless and very small they are easily missed. Left undiagnosed or under treated or if treatment fails, Lyme disease can be debilitating and have a devastating impact, leaving people chronically ill and disabled with little prospect of recovery.

You can find out more about Lyme Disease from NHS here.

Darren said:

” A member of my team has recently contracted Lyme Disease so I know how debilitating and serious it can be. It is really important people check for ticks and if you have symptoms or bite marks they seek immediate medical advice. The government must invest in research into Lyme Disease and  immediate training of GPs. It is ridiculous that Public Health England have created a ‘Be Tick aware’ toolkit but because of internal politics around raising awareness this has not been rolled out”.

 

 

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Darren calls for Public Inquiry into Brexit Referendum

Following the findings of the Electoral Commission’s review of Vote Leave spending and the fine levied to Facebook by the ICO in relation to data harvesting in advance of the referendum, Darren wrote to all MPs calling for their support in demanding an independent judge-led inquiry into the referendum. Darren first called for a public inquiry during PMQ’s on Wednesday 11th July.

Darren said:

” I have written to colleagues in Parliament today(17th July), to seek their support in calling for a public inquiry into the Brexit Referendum. If illegality can take place in our democracy, we must bring forward reforms. Please write to your MP to ask for their support. You can check who your MP is here“. ‬

 

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Darren meets Pickles!

On Friday 6th July, Darren joined local residents, Greenway Centre staff and Southmead Councillors Helen Godwin and Brenda Massey in meeting a new addition to the Greenway Café- Pickles McPrickles the Gromit.

Darren said after the visit:

“It was fantastic to see Pickles so at home at the Greenway Centre in Southmead and all in aid of Gromit Unleashed – a truly wonderful Bristol charity that benefits families right across our city. Visit Pickles, enjoy a snack in the café, seek out the other Bristol North West Gromit at Blaise Castle and be sure to donate to this great cause!”