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Darren calls on Chancellor to support dental practices suffering during the Coronavirus.

This week, Darren wrote to Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor, in support of the thousands of high-street dentists and local practices impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. According to the British Dental Association (BDA) over 70% of practices will struggle to survive past the summer under current conditions.

While these practices perform a vital public health service, many do not qualify for the support offered by the Treasury to businesses and other organisations. Darren’s letter calls for proper support to be given to the dental industry including the fast-tracking of CIBL support, an extension of business rate relief to these practices, and dedicated grants offered to high-street dentists.

You can read Darren’s letter to the Chancellor here:

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Darren demands support for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises hit by the Coronavirus

On March 21st, Darren called for proper support to be given to charities, social enterprises and the voluntary sector. Along with almost 250 MPs and Peers, Darren asked the chancellor to update the support offered for organisations impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic to include charities and other groups.

Update: On April 8th, the Chancellor outlined plans to support Charities and the 3rd sector with dedicated Coronavirus funds. Details here. Darren continues to push for a broader and more inclusive safety net for any charity or 3rd sector group affected by Coronavirus.

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Darren calls for further action on fly swarms during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Darren wrote the Environment Agency today calling for further action on the recurring and unpleasant increases in flies in Avonmouth and the surrounding areas.

This letter asks for an independent investigation into the causes of the annual spikes in fly populations in these areas. This is so a consensus can be reached between the groups responsible for finding solutions to this problem. The letter also calls for fly spray and paper to be provided for those people the at are self-isolating in the affected areas. Some of those staying at home are not able to get these supplies and are bearing the brunt of the flies.

 

 

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Darren thanks and celebrates with his local Labour party.

Darren joined the Bristol North West Labour party on Friday 28th to celebrate his re-election to Parliament. In addition to being another great opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved in making Darren’s first term in parliament a success, it was also a good chance to honestly reflect on lessons from the General Election nationally.

Darren spoke about the need for Labour to ask hard and honest questions following the general election defeat and about the importance of Labour party members in starting the fight-back to power. Speaking about the event, Darren said:

It was a great turn out for my local Labour Party review of the election. The bar being open was helpful both to celebrate our great result in Bristol NW and to drown our sorrows about the national result. Thanks to so many members for engaging in the debate about our route back to power.‬ If you’re not a member and want to get more involved you can join at www.labour.org.uk/join.

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Darren visits Bristol Port

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, visited Bristol Port on Friday 17th January.

Following the visit, Darren said:

“I visited Bristol Port this morning to hear about the latest developments for flood sea defences, to take a look at the welcome upgrades to the SIMs Metal site and to hear from the owners of the port about their investment into monitoring air pollution and investing in renewable power generation and cleaner processes on site.

Avonmouth is a strategically important industrial zone but, as always, it’s my job to not only support good work opportunities and a successful local economy but also ensure local businesses are acting ethically, cleanly and with an understanding of their impact on local residents.

Keep an eye out for the Air Pollution consultation soon (we’ll post it on my social media) and do contact me by emailing darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk if you have any concerns or questions.”

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Darren backs Alzheimer’s UK report

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has offered his support to Alzheimer’s Research UK’s new report. The report calls on government to prioritise funding and research to find a cure for dementia.

In their 2019 manifesto, the Conservative party pledged to launch a “Dementia Moonshot” to find a cure for dementia – doubling research funding and speeding up trials for new treatments. Alzheimer’s Research UK’s plan outlines the steps government must take to deliver its Moonshot ambition of finding a life-changing treatment for dementia.

These are:

  1. Find ways to detect the diseases that cause dementia 10-15 years earlier, to broaden the search for new treatments and intervene with those most at risk of developing dementia.
  2. Find ways to more effectively validate novel targets in early drug development to maximise chances of successful clinical trials.
  3. Make the UK the best place to conduct clinical dementia research.
  4. Expand research infrastructure to maintain the UK’s position as a world leader in dementia research.
  5. Further our understanding of dementia risk reduction and prevention and dementia in the context of multi-morbidities.
  6. Develop robust prevalence data for dementia to further our knowledge of the impact of dementia across our society.

Darren said:

” Dementia affects 1483 people in Bristol North West and, as a Dementia Champion, I know just how devastating dementia can be for families. Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched an ambitious plan in response to the government’s pre-election pledge to find a cure for dementia.

Dementia is the nation’s biggest killer. By 2021, over one million people in the UK will be living with dementia, and the condition will cost the UK economy a staggering £30bn each year. Despite this, dementia treatment and research lags far behind other serious diseases.

Finding new treatments means investing in key areas which have historically received little or no government funding. Government must take note of this report and act quickly. Opposition parties must hold the government to account to ensure they deliver on their manifesto promise”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about Cystic Fibrosis and the support available here.

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Darren calls for restricted vehicle access to Henbury Court Primary

Darren Jones MP has written to Bristol City Council Transport lead Cllr Kye Dudd to ask for signs to be placed on Trevelyan Walk in Henbury which ask parents not to drop-off/pick-up children on the cul-de-sac during the school run. This came after Darren met with the school’s leadership, who told the MP that congestion on Trevelyan Walk at peak times has become a serious problem for themselves and local residents – there had also been a number of near-misses involving students.

Darren said:

“By advising parents that driving down the cul-de-sac is undesirable for the school, [road signs with flashing lights] would in my opinion go much of the way to solving the school’s traffic problems.”

Letter to Cllr Kye Dudd

 

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Darren encourages schools to teach WW1 Remembrance

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has written to all Primary schools in Bristol North West encouraging them to take part in a free scheme which educates pupils on the importance of WW1 Remembrance.

Darren said:

“During early October, I contacted all 29 primary schools in Bristol North West, inviting them to use the free lesson and assembly plans supplied by the Royal British Legion and National Literacy Trust. These plans can be used in English, Science and History lessons – as well as school assemblies – to ensure Remembrance, and the importance of peace, is universally understood. The plans commemorate the First World War generation – those who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

As we approach Remembrance Sunday, I urge all schools to get involved”!

Here’s a copy of the letter Darren sent to Badocks Wood Academy in Southmead:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren welcomes Cystic Fibrosis breakthrough

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has welcomed news that a deal has been agreed between Vertex Pharmaceuticals and the NHS to supply revolutionary drugs Orkambi and Symkevi to people with cystic fibrosis.

Following multiple communications supported by Darren last year, the MP had co-signed new letters in July (available below) to Vertex Pharmaceuticals and the Secretary of State for Health and Social, Matt Hancock,  requesting both parties urgently sit down together and resolve the negotiations regards Orkambi so those with cystic fibrosis can have access to this revolutionary drug.

Darren said:

“After 4 years of hard work from Labour MPs and cystic fibrosis (CF) campaign groups and charities an agreement has finally been reached for these life-saving drugs to be available to people in the UK.

Median life expectancy for someone with CF is just 47 – in the context of that stark figure four years was harrowingly long to wait – I am glad that wait is now over and these drugs will be available within a matter of weeks.

Whilst I’m delighted with today’s (24 10 19) announcement, the 10,400 people with Cystic Fibrosis in the UK should not have been keep waiting 4-years for this vital treatment to be available.

I thank NHS England and Vertex Pharmaceuticals for finally agreeing a deal that is fair to the NHS”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about Cystic Fibrosis and the support available here.