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Darren asks constituents to complete Brexit Survey

Prior to the historic sitting of Parliament on Saturday 19th October, Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has asked constituents to complete a survey about their views on Brexit.

If you are a constituent of Darren’s (i.e. you live in Bristol North West), you can complete the survey here.

For those who wish to discuss their views face to face or let their MP know their thoughts in their own words, Darren will be holding four Brexit Briefings, including one online on Facebook Live in 23rd October, and has received thousands of emails, campaign postcards and letters.

The results of the Brexit Survey: October 2019 will be released in early November.

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Darren hosts Bristol Arena Q and A

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, hosted an event for constituents to find out more about the potential 17000 seater arena being built in his constituency in North Bristol.

Darren said:

“YTL will soon be applying for planning consent for their proposed arena in the former airport hangars in Filton (this sits just on the edge of my constituency). Following requests from constituents, I arranged a personal briefing and Q and A at the hangars to discuss YTL’s plans. The planning application is expected in the coming weeks.

I’ve always said, I can only support the arena if it comes with proper transport investment and public transport upgrades. YTL also need to ensure residential streets in Henbury, Brentry, Lockleaze and Southmead are not linked to the arena site so they don’t become rat runs. I formally called for these restrictions  back in January as part of my North Bristol Transport Plan. I also met with the new leader of South Gloucestershire Council in July and pressed for improved planning and joined-up thinking on transport.

The planning application for the arena will be available in the usual way on Bristol City Council’s website – I’ll share details once they’re available”.

YTL Arena operations team, who are responsible for the plans to create an arena in the Brabazon Hangars, will be holding a series of public consultation open days and tours. You can find out more by visiting: www.brabazon.co.uk

You can follow Darren’s work on transport here.

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Darren shares progress on Cheswick Village Parking

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has updated constituents on the council’s plans to implement new parking restrictions in the Bristol City Council administered parts of Cheswick Village.

Darren said:

“Constituents who live in the south part of Cheswick Village have long been contacting the council and my office regarding escalating parking problems. Many of the cars are from employees of local businesses and students from UWE.

The two local councillors –  Estella Tincknell and Gill Kirk have been working relentlessly with UWE, local businesses, counterparts at South Glos. Council, the Mayor’s office and Transport Planners to make sure resident’s experiences have been heard and to come up with a workable scheme that prevents this dangerous and inconsiderate parking continuing.

That’s why I’m delighted the council are consulting on a new resident’s parking permit area and enhanced parking restrictions.

Hard-copy plans are available to view at Lockleaze Library in The Cameron Centre.

Residents have made it clear the situation had not improved since interventions from local councillors and over two year’s worth of meetings, so – given whole-scale double yellows would only prevent residents from also parking outside their home – parking permits for residents and some additional restrictions are the only avenue left to explore. These proposals offer the best opportunity to manage the parking challenges faced on a near-daily basis.

You can view the proposals and submit your comments before the 1st November here“.

You can view Darren’s work on Transport here.

 

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Darren hosts Shirehampton Café Politics

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another busy constituency diary including hosting a busy café politics on Saturday 5th October at the Methodist Church in Shirehampton.

Darren said:

“I hosted another successful café politics in Shire last weekend. The topics were wide-ranging but included Brexit, transport and the environment. Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed.

To find out when my next pub and café politics sessions will be held, please visit this webpage‬”.

 

 

 

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Darren calls for new MP code of conduct

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has backed calls for a new code of behavioural conduct in the House of Commons.

Darren said:

“I’ve joined with other MPs to sign a pledge for a new code of conduct for behaviour in the House of Commons. The code of conduct includes commitments to avoid language or behaviour that incites hate or encourages disrespect, reform debate as a way to build consensus and uphold a level of respect and professionalism.

Led by More United and Compassion in Politics the new code of conduct will – I hope – start to bridge the divides in parliament and raise the standards of debate in the House of Commons.

Earlier this week party leaders released a joint statement following a meeting with the Speaker to ‘weigh their words carefully’. The pledge also brings together MPs from all parties. More United and Compassion in Politics are working with MPs to have it adopted as a formal code of conduct across the House.

We must put the country first and find ways to work together on the most pressing challenges we face. I hope other MPs from across the parties will join me in making this pledge and raising the bar for debate in Parliament.

MPs must be held as equally accountable for our behaviour and conduct as people in workplaces up and down the country”.

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Darren welcomes Google and Parent Zone to Stoke Park Primary

Darren Jones MP recently welcomed Google and Parent Zone to Stoke Park Primary to lead an assembly on internet safety.

Darren said:

” It was fantastic to join teachers, students, Parent Zone and Google UK at Stoke Park Primary for a recent ‘Be Internet Legends’ assembly.

The assembly included tips for students and their parents on how they can stay safe online whilst being confident using the technology we now rely on.

It’s so important that we teach children in Bristol to thrive in the digital age and I am pleased that Google and Parent Zone are leading the way on this important issue”.

 

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Darren warns against dangers of no deal

The Government have been forced by Parliament to publish their central planning assumptions document for a n0-deal Brexit — it includes “lorries facing waits of between 1.5 days and 2.5 days to cross the border,” disruption to medical supplies and shortages of certain kinds of food, and isn’t even the worst-case scenario. The human cost of no deal is enormous, and no responsible government would be pushing ahead with this kind of reckless strategy. We know the dangers, and I’m determined to stop them taking Britain over the precipice.

You can read the original ‘Yellowhammer’ document at the link here

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Darren welcomes Court ruling on prorogation

Commenting on the Scottish appeal court’s verdict that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, Bristol North West MP Darren Jones said:

Boris Johnson broke the law: that’s the unanimous finding of Scotland’s most senior judges, who this morning ruled that the decision to shutter Parliament was about dodging scrutiny. So far, so obvious — but if their unprecedented judgement that he lied to the Queen in order to do it is upheld by the Supreme Court next week then we shouldn’t mince words: the Prime Minister has to resign.

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Watch: Darren hails Science Committee blueprint for clean growth

Tackling climate change means every element of Government and the wider economy pulling in the same direction: this was the key finding from the cross-party Science and Technology Committee’s recent ‘Clean Growth’ report, which lays out a roadmap for decarbonising our economy on or ahead of the Government’s 2050 net-zero target. Darren had the privilege of leading the Committee’s work, and spoke in the Commons debate on the report’s findings this morning:

 

 

 

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Darren seeks to reverse job losses at South West Forensics

Our forensics teams need more resources, not less ⁠— that was the finding of a recent House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report, and that was Darren’s message in a recent letter to Avon and Somerset PCC Sue Mountstevens, questioning the recent decision to cut jobs at South West Forensics.