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Darren speaks to BBC Bristol about Avonmouth flies

Darren spoke to BBC Bristol about what might be causing the increase in flies in Avonmouth and nearby areas, and what he’s going to do about it. Listen to the full interview here:

 

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Darren wants your view on YardArts Development

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones is seeking local residents views on the proposed YardArts development on Penpole Lane in Shirehampton.

Darren said:

“ Many local residents have contacted me about the proposed Yard Arts circus development on the edge of Kings Weston Estate on Penpole Lane (on land privately owned next to the small warehouse currently in place). I met with Yard Arts, local residents and the land owner on Saturday 28th April to hear each side of the story.

Yard Arts hope to install a circus tent, a coffee shop and various wooden cabins (much like a German Christmas Market) to put on creative and artistic performances for local residents. In addition, they want to provide a space for temporary housing for the artists who will perform to live in. It is not yet clear whether this temporary housing will be log cabins, metal trailers or caravans.

The landowner is keen to use the space next to the warehouse. He has failed to get planning permission on a number of occasions for other uses, and has therefore offered this space on an up to 10 year lease to Yard Arts.

Some local residents (including the Kingsweston Action Group, the cricket club and the football club) are against the proposals and support the current position in Bristol City Council planning policy that the area should remain only as a park / green space and not have further development on it.

I have made it clear that I will only support the Yard Arts development if it has the consent of local residents. I therefore need to hear your views.

Please can you let me know whether you support this idea, by completing my survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YardArts or by writing to my office. In that survey, you can also let me know if you would like to come to a public meeting to hear from Yard Arts, the land owner and Bristol City Council as well.

Please can you respond ASAP, as some have suggested that the development could start sooner rather than later”.

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Darren speaks on Grandparents’ issues, and supports Bristol Grandparent Support Group

Currently, there is no legal right for grandparents in the UK to see their grandchildren. That can lead to some grandparents having contact with grandchildren completely halted. That’s what happened to Jane Jackson – but she used the experience to build a support group for people in a similar situations to her, and to speak out and campaign on this issue. Darren spoke in Parliament in support of her and her work.

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Darren thanks Bristol Firefighters

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has pledged his continued support to Firefighters on the second annual Firefighters’ Memorial Day.

Darren said:

“ Tomorrow (4th May) is Firefighter’s Memorial Day – at midday across the UK fire stations will fall silent for one minute to honour the memory of 2,524 firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Many other thousands will have been seriously injured performing their duty.

This memorial day, in its second year, is a hugely important tribute to some of our most-valued public servants. I will be attending my weekly surgery tomorrow morning but all firefighters will be in my thoughts. I would also like to thank all of the firefighters across Bristol for their courage, conviction and sense of care to others – each one should be proud of their work and the help they give others in often the most demanding, dangerous and stressful of circumstances”.

You can read more about Firefighters Memorial Day here.

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Darren asks Government to get guarantees on GKN

GKN is a large firm which has just been taken over by Melrose, who have a record of liquidating firms.

GKN have two sites in the Bristol area, both of which are related to their Aerospace division. Melrose have guaranteed that they won’t sell off this part of the business for five years. But other Aerospace businesses based in the UK reliant on GKN’s presence say that they need this guarantee to be over five years, so they can plan ahead.

Watch what  Darren said, and what the Government had to say in reply, below:

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Darren calls for plastic waste legislation

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has called for additional legalisation to reduce plastic pollution and protect the environment following yesterday’s (26/4/18) announcement of a Plastic Pact between businesses and government. Darren has already backed the Plastic Free Parliament campaign, called for a reduction in supermarket waste and supported the creation of a protected Blue Belt Marine reserve.

Darren said:

“It’s great news that 40 big businesses have pledged to cut their plastic waste over the next 7 years – but the duty to protect our environment from plastic can’t solely rely on businesses goodwill.

The government must urgently legislate to cut plastic pollution and protect our environment. Businesses must also pledge to reduce their plastic waste as soon as they can – rather than aim to do so by an arbitrary deadline”.

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Darren to host Modern Slavery event in Bristol

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has pledged his continued support to the victims of modern slavery as a new bill makes its way to the House of Commons.

Darren said:

“ There are an estimated 10,000 to 13,000 people in modern slavery in the UK, however many experts agree that’s a huge underestimate. I’ve been championing their rights since becoming Bristol North West’s MP. I’ll continue to do that by supporting Lord McColl’s Private Members Bill when it comes through the House of Commons.

Victims need support over a longer period of time (than the current 45 days stipulated by government) to recover and be able to take the opportunities that programmes such as Co-op’s Bright Future provides. Only with support will victims regain control of their lives through paid employment.

I often meet victims at my surgeries – so this is an issue I take extremely seriously. I’m also fighting unethical working practises wherever I see them including tipping etiquette in restaurants, changes to Asda employee’s terms and conditions and the hostile takeover of GKN amongst others.

I’ll be hosting an event in June to continue to raise awareness of these matters and support local businesses to work with partners across Bristol, and further afield, to stamp out modern slavery in our city”.

You can read more about the Co-op and Global Citizen campaign here.

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Darren speaks to BBC about Melrose takeover of GKN

With the Government having waved through the US takeover of GKN – a firm employing nearly 2,000 people in and around Bristol – Darren was asked to talk about this on BBC Bristol. There are concerns around the impact of this takeover on jobs, defence (GKN is an Aerospace manufacturer, amongst other things) and other companies who rely on GKN for supplies.

Listen to the full interview here:

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Darren supports Windrush generation and offers help

Many from the Windrush Generation, people who moved to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s and have been here their entire lives, are now threatened by deportation. On this topic, Darren attended the Parliamentary Urgent Question about this, and said the following:

It’s really sad to hear that people who have been here legally their entire lives might be deported, because of Home Office admin issues. The Government needs to move quickly and give these people the security they deserve. I was happy to support David Lammy MP on this in the House today.

If you’re a constituent affected by this issue and you need help, please get in touch with my office.

Contact details for Darren’s office are available here: www.darren-jones.co.uk/contact

Furthermore, you can read more about this issue here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43780621

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Darren congratulates Bristol Plays Music on winning funding

Bristol Plays Music, which helps children get the chance to play music, have recently been awarded over £1 million of Arts Council funding. Here’s what Darren had to say about this achievement:

Bristol Plays Music does an amazing job working to give as many children as possible the chance to experience music. I had access to similar schemes when I was at Portway School (now Oasis Academy) and fully support their win. Well done!

You can read Bristol 24/7’s report about this here: https://www.bristol247.com/culture/music/bristols-music-education-hub-awarded-1-million-arts-council-funding/