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Darren hosts Westbury Brexit Briefing

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has hosted the second in a new series of Brexit Briefings.

Following the event in Westbury on Friday 18th October, Darren Jones said:

“Thanks to those constituents that came to the second of my three public Brexit Briefings this evening. I always enjoy asking constituents how they’d vote in different scenarios if they were the local MP – and this event came just at the right time before the historic sitting of Parliament on so-called ‘super Saturday’!

It would be fair to say, most constituents attending this and my other events (as well as those who contact me directly or have completed my Brexit survey) are very supportive of my decision not to support Boris Johnson’s current deal and to push for a people’s vote of whatever final deal is proposed by the government. I know I continue to have my constituent’s support in backing a remain and reform agenda.”

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Darren visits Fairfield High School

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, visited Fairfields High School in Horfield on 18th October.

Darren said:

“I always enjoy my visits to local schools – this was no exception. I was asked lots of interesting questions – particularly about the (then) upcoming ‘super Saturday’ sitting of Parliament and Brexit debates!

It was clear the students had taken a keen interest in the main issue (aside from Climate Change) facing our country and politics at present, and had strong but considered opinions about it. Hopefully in the years to come, we’ll have another person raised and educated in Bristol North West as our MP – they were certainly some strong candidates at Fairfield.”

 

 

 

 

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Darren slams cuts facing 100% of local schools

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones said:

“I’ve just received (25th October 2019) a briefing from the National Education Union which confirms Department of Education funding for local schools from 1st April 2020. Despite the government pretending otherwise, 100% of our schools will have less budget than they did in 2015!

I’ve visited nearly every school in my constituency over the last two years and I hear the same concerns at each one – we’re pushing overworked teachers out of the profession and forcing our kids to face larger class sizes with less staff available to help and less money for books, equipment and technology. This crisis is felt even more acutely with children who have special educational needs, young people with mental health needs and is also illustrated in the reduction of creative subjects being taught. Yet this Government continues to underfund and under-deliver on their responsibility to schools – all the whilst pretending austerity is over – and the nation’s children and young people.

Between 2015 and April 2020, our schools in Bristol North West will have faced a shortfall of £49,308 million. That’s – on average – £704 less per pupil than in April 2015. This is totally unacceptable and puts our kid’s futures at risk – education can’t and shouldn’t be done on the cheap!

Having just recently supported campaigns for improved nursery and sixth-form funding, I assure my constituents I’ll continue to do everything I can to achieve fair funding for our schools”.

Here are some examples of what these devastating cuts mean for our kid’s schools:

  1. Glenfrome Primary school, has been cut by an average £626 per pupil since 2015. Class sizes are above average. Class sizes rose from 25.0 pupils per class in 2015 to 28.4 in 2018. Cuts are above average. Cuts are equal to the salaries of 4 teachers. Funding is below average.
  2. Fairfield High School, Bristol has been cut by an average £855 per pupil since 2015. Class sizes are above average. Class sizes rose from 23.0 pupils per class in 2015 to 26.6 in 2018. Cuts are above average. Cuts are equal to the salaries of 17 teachers.
  3. Fonthill primary School has been cut by an average of £738 per pupil since 2015. Class sizes are above average. Class sizes rose from 26.9 pupils per class in 2015 to 28.9 in 2018. Cuts are above average. Cuts are equal to the salaries of 2 teachers.
  4. Stoke Park Primary School has been cut by an average of £520 per pupil since 2015, which has badly affected the school. Class sizes are above average. Class sizes rose from 23.7 pupils per class in 2015 to 27.3 in 2018. Cuts are above average. Cuts are equal to the salaries of 2 teachers.
  5. Sea Mills Primary School has been cut by an average of £654 per pupil since 2015. Class sizes are above average. Class sizes rose from 25.8 pupils per class in 2015 to 27.9 in 2018. Cuts are above average. Cuts are equal to the salaries of 2 teachers.

You can support the NEU’s campaign and find out about cuts to your local school here.

You can follow Darren’s work on education here.

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Watch: Darren hosts online Brexit Briefing

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones hosted an online Brexit Briefing on Facebook Live.

Watch Darren’s 40 minute Plain English Briefing online here.

Darren Jones said:

“I hosted this online briefing as it’s vital that I have opportunity to explain what’s going on in Parliament – alongside my three Brexit Briefings in the constituency, I wanted to ensure those who couldn’t come to an event had opportunity to find out what’s happening.

I’ve talked through the votes from so-called ‘super Saturday’ and earlier this week on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the likelihood of a General Election and People’s Vote.”

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Darren calls on Barclays to reverse Post Office decision

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Darren hosts Horfield Brexit Briefing

MP for Bristol North West has hosted the first in a new series of Brexit Briefings.

Following the event in Horfield on 12th October, Darren Jones said:

“Thanks to those constituents that came to the first of my three public Brexit Briefings this afternoon (12th October). I always enjoy asking constituents how they’d vote in different scenarios if they were the local MP!

It would be fair to say, most constituents attending were very supportive of a people’s vote of whatever final deal is proposed by the government with me continuing to back a remain and reform agenda.”

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Darren visits Redmaids High School

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, visited Redmaids High School in Westbury on Trym on 11th October.

Prior to meeting students, Darren also met the two Deputy Heads and discussed issues facing the school including Labour’s conference motion on independent schooling and parking pressures at drop-off and pick-up time.

Darren said:

“I always enjoy my visits to local schools – this was no exception. I was put through my paces and asked lots of interesting questions! I was also honoured to be presented with a book – made and collated by year 8 and 9 students – inspired by Oxfam Educations ‘For the love of’ project which encourages young people to take action on climate change.”

 

 

 

 

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Watch: Darren argues for North Bristol rail network

In an adjournment debate secured by North Somerset MP Liam Fox to back a rail link to Portishead, Bristol North West MP Darren Jones made the case that stronger and better integrated rail links are required across north Bristol, starting with the Henbury Loop Line. Commenting on Facebook, Jones said:

Bristol faces some of the worst road congestion and air pollution anywhere in Britain. We urgently need a properly funded, joined-up approach to public transport which makes it easier, cheaper and greener both to travel around north Bristol and get into the city. As I argued yesterday in a House of Commons debate on a rail link to Portishead, this must include a full service along the Henbury loop line (and much more besides!).

Now more than ever, Bristol needs proper public transport

Bristol faces some of the worst road congestion and air pollution anywhere in Britain. We urgently need a properly funded, joined-up approach to public transport which makes it easier, cheaper and greener both to travel around north Bristol and get into the city. As I argued yesterday in a House of Commons debate on a rail link to Portishead, this must include a full service along the Henbury loop line (and much more besides!).

Posted by Darren Jones MP on Thursday, 17 October 2019