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Darren backs calls for new crossing in Lawrence Weston

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has met with local residents, signed and shared a community-led petition calling for a pedestrian crossing and 20 mph zone near Oasis Academy Bank Leaze. Darren will also be writing to the council and Curo, a Housing Association building new homes in the area, to highlight his concerns.

Darren said:

“It’s great 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 encourage those who live near, or visit the area, to do the same.”

You can sign the petition here.

 

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Darren backs Mental Health Week

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has supported this year’s Mental Health Week.

This year’s theme is body image – how we think and feel about our bodies. New online surveys were conducted by the Mental Health Foundation with YouGov in March 2019 of 4,505 UK adults 18+ and 1,118 GB teenagers (aged 13-19) found:

* One in five adults (20%) felt shame, just over one third (34%) felt down or low, and 19% felt disgusted because of their body image in the last year. 
* Among teenagers, 37% felt upset, and 31% felt ashamed in relation to their body image.
*Just over one third of adults said they had ever felt anxious (34%) or depressed (35%) because of their body image.
* One in eight (13%) adults experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings because of concerns about their body image.
*Just over one in five adults (21%) said images used in advertising had caused them to worry about their body image.
* Just over one in five adults (22%) and 40% of teenagers said images on social media caused them to worry about their body image.

Clearly action is needed to build and promote positive body image and support good mental health and wellbeing in relation to our bodies. Everyone has a right to feel comfortable and confident in their own bodies and Darren backs the Mental Health Foundation‘s recommendations for:

1- Effective regulation of how body image is portrayed.
2- The need for commitment from social media companies to play a key role in promoting body kindness.
3- Taking a public health approach to body image by training frontline health and education staff.
4- Individually being more aware of how we can take care of ourselves and others in relation to body image.

Find out more here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren visits Westbury, The Downs, Avonmouth, Henleaze and Horfield in one day.

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had a very busy Saturday (11th May 2019) hosting a Café Politics at Horfield Leisure Centre, a Powered By You stall in Avonmouth followed by visits to Westbury Spring Fair, Henleaze Junior School’s May Fair and the Foodies Festival on the Downs to show his support for a new local charity.

Darren said:

“Today was a busy but fantastic constituency day. I started off talking local and national issues at my Café Politics at Horlfied Leisure Centre and then hosted the first of my new Powered By You Street Stalls in Avonmouth.  It was a l‪ovely sunny day for the Westbury Community Spring Fair where I got to meet North Bristol Police Cadets and the RAF 2442 Squadron ATC. ‬

Finally, I popped by the Fair in Henleaze and then the Foodies Festival on the Downs to help raise awareness of Little Hero. Little Hero is an important new charity started by my constituent John after the loss of his young son, Will. You can read all about Little Hero here and you can donate £5 by texting WILL to 70970.

I’ll be doing Street stalls most Saturday mornings in the coming months, to find out where I’ll be next, please visit my Powered By You page where you can also find out how to download my Powered By You app”.

 

 

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Darren visits Credit Union

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has joined Bristol Credit Union and visited the team in Bristol.

Darren said:

” Great to hear about the fantastic work of Bristol Credit Union today.

Bristol Credit Union (or BCU) is a not-for-profit co-operative, helping local people save and borrow at fair rates. When you save or borrow with Bristol Credit Union, more of your money stays local, giving our city’s economy a boost.

Bristol Credit Union has been serving members and communities in the West of England since 1999 and has grown strongly during that time with over 12,600 members – and I am now one.

Find out more here: www.bristolcreditunion.org/”.

 

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Darren calls for lifetime elected office ban for those who promote rape

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has joined the Fawcett Society’s calls for those who promote rape and/or gender violence to be  banned from running for office.

Darren said:

“Too many women face horrific abuse online and in public life. Our law currently permits those who issue threats of violence to stand for election. This has to change. We must stand up against hate and ensure those elected to office uphold and represent the highest standards towards women and wider society.

I encourage you to support these calls by signing the Fawcett Society’s petition by clicking here“.

#NotFitToStand

 

 

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Darren demands cessation of visa fees for commonwealth armed forces personnel

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has signed a cross party letter, along with 130 other MPs, calling on the Home Secretary to cease charging visa fees for commonwealth servicemen and women who, after their service to this country, apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (which costs £2389 per person, per application).

Darren said:

“I am pleased to have signed this letter – all visa fees, alongside the assessment process, need a total re-think, but making money out of those  who have risked their lives for this country (as the cost to the tax payer to process these applications is very low) is totally unacceptable and must stop”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren shares Westbury and Southmead TRO proposals

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, has shared details of proposed Traffic Regulation Orders related to Westbury and Southmead wards.

Darren said:

“I’m aware posters have appeared locally advising of proposed traffic waiting and loading restrictions (reference number: CAE/RGW/P-1123). This council consultation runs from Thursday 2 May 2019 to Wednesday 29 May 2019. The council has advised me, objections to the proposals, together with the grounds on which they are made, must be sent in writing to TRO Comments at the undermentioned address:

P. Mellor, Director: Management of Place. Highways Service (100TS), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS or by e-mail to tro.comments@bristol.gov.uk quoting reference CAE/RGW/P-1123 by 29th May 2019.

You must include your name and address for your objection to be registered”.

You can view the full proposals here (scroll down to the relevant section).

There’s a detailed list of proposals within the notice here.

With maps of the plans here: www.bristol.gov.uk/…/P…/1b514e80-559a-c7a0-e00b-4e7b1eacc64d and www.bristol.gov.uk/…/P…/8427cd70-02d5-012d-bcd8-4a770741f1ea

The council sets out the reasons for these proposed changes here.

If you have any objections or comments, please submit them directly to the council for their formal consideration by 29th May as detailed above.  Council information notes that all representations received may be considered in public by the City Council and that the substance of any representation together with the name and address of the person making it could become available for public inspection

You can follow Darren’s work on transport here.

 

 

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Darren attends first-ever Autism Awareness session for MPs

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has attended the first-ever Autism Awareness session, run by the National Autistic Society, held for MPs on 1st May.

Darren said:

“Approximately 700,000 people in the United Kingdom are autistic, and with 2019 marking ten years of the Autism Act, it is an opportune time to learn more. From discussion with adults and parents of young people with autism, there is a fairly wide range of autistic experiences and in order for me to better support my constituents who have autism, MPs need to understand how it affects people”.

The aim of these Understanding Autism sessions is to improve awareness and understanding of autism, so that MPs can better champion the issues that matter to autistic people in their local area as well as in Parliament. Darren is also working with Bristol Autistic Spectrum Services to host an autism-focused surgery in May.

 

 

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Darren to host Autism-focused surgery

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, will be hosting an autism-themed surgery with help from Bristol Autism Spectrum Services (BASS) on Friday 24th May.

Please note – as of 2nd May – this surgery is now fully booked. Another will be held later in the year.

Appointments will be available from 10.30am – 12.45pm. To book an appointment you must live in Bristol North West or be supporting a constituent as their formal advocate (if that’s the case, the constituent should also be in attendance). You can check if you’re represented by Darren by visiting: www.theyworkforyou.com/

These 30-minute private appointments could be used to discuss personal concerns that you are seeking Darren’s help/support with (for example, you or your child are struggling to get specific help) or you may want to share more general experiences that you feel Darren should be aware of (for example, how difficult it can be for you to access the community or services).

It could also be that you (or a family member/partner) want to lobby Darren on a policy issue related to autism for example, carers allowance, access to mental health services, SEN support or therapies.

Places are limited so please do get in touch with BASS by calling 01275 796 204 or emailing: awp.bassbristolas@nhs.net and providing your name, address, contact telephone number and a short summary of the issue you would like to discuss.

Once your appointment is confirmed, BASS will send you a time and the exact location of the appointment, which will be held in the Southmead area.

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Darren nominates Southmead NHS Heroes for national awards

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has once again submitted a number of nominations to the annual NHS Awards. All nominees work for North Bristol NHS Trust and are based at Southmead Hospital, the hospital in Darren’s constituency, and have been nominated by peers or managers.

 

The purpose of the awards is to celebrate the NHS, identify and highlight innovative and high-quality care across every constituency in England, and thank staff for their dedication, hard work and commitment by recognising and honouring their achievements.

 

Darren said:

“ I am incredibly proud of the work all of our NHS staff do in Bristol North West and right across the city, it was difficult to narrow down some of the submissions I received but I’m delighted to have been able to make nominations in a wide range of categories.

Whilst the national competition is bound to be a tight race, I’ve got my fingers crossed that at least some of our fantastic NHS services in Bristol make the final stage”.

Darren submitted the following nominations (see image below). You can view more information on each nomination on Darren’s Facebook.

You can also follow Darren’s work on Health here.