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Darren backs “Dump the Scales” campaign

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has signed a cross-party letter supporting calls for the NHS to “Dump the scales” when assessing treatment thresholds for people with eating disorders.

Darren said:

“I’ve signed a cross-party letter to the Department of Health and Social Care supporting the ‘Dump the Scales’ campaign. The campaign seeks to improve the support for people with eating disorders, with thresholds not based on BMI but the a person’s needs.

At present, people need to be at a very low BMI before they are referred for support – that means people have to reach a crisis point (anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness) before they can get the help they need – that’s totally unacceptable and must change”.

 

 

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Darren calls for inquiry into EU Elections disenfranchisement

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has signed a cross-party letter calling on the Cabinet Office and Electoral Commission to investigate why so many EU citizens to vote in the May 2019 EU Elections and prevent these issues from arising at any future elections.

Darren said:

“After hundreds, possibly thousands, of EU citizens living in the UK, and British citizens living abroad, were unable to vote in the recent EU elections, I’ve signed a joint cross-party letter to the Cabinet Office and Electoral Commission demanding a full inquiry. This situation is just not good enough – the government can’t keep failing to learn the lessons of past EU Elections and denying people their right to vote”.

 

 

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Darren calls for end to illegal tiger trade

Darren Jones MP is proudly supporting a cross-party campaign to bring an end to the trade in tigers and big cats.

Darren said:

“Back in April, I signed a joint letter to Michael Gove calling on him, as Environment Secretary, to try and combat the trade in tigers and other big cats at the May Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Fewer than 4000 tigers survive in the wild worldwide – their numbers remain under threat due to the illegal trade in their body parts, which are primarily used in Chinese Medicine. Brutal, and horrifically cruel, tiger farms still operate in South East Asian Counties and we must call upon these nations in the strongest terms to end this totally unnecessary trade alongside the commercial breeding of tigers. We asked that the UK provide a clear and loud voice for big cats and support the adoption of India’s draft decisions to protect wild big cats.

Sadly, due to the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, the May conference was postponed. However, I will continue to raise this matter and ensure it does not fall off the Government’s radar”.

You can follow Darren’s work on animal welfare here.

 

 

 

 

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Darren to host Great Get Together Picnic in Horfield

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  will be hosting a Great Get Together picnic, on Saturday 22nd June 12-2pm in Horfield.  

Come and celebrate your community and what we have in common by joining this Great Get Together Picnic with Darren Jones MP.

Bring the whole family, the dogs or come solo – you can turn-up with your own picnic or purchase drinks and food from the Ardagh Community Trust Cafe on the Common. Tea/Coffee and a cake from £3.20. There’ll be games for the kids (and the big kids amongst us).

There’s parking available and several buses stop nearby – please use public transport, walk or cycle where possible.

No tickets needed – just turn-up on the day.

 

 

 

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Darren comments on crisis in council funding

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has commented on the continued crisis facing local government after years of government cuts. This follows reports that funding has been cut by 21% since the last Labour government.

Darren said:

“It’s a fact that with sustained cuts of this size, our council’s are constantly being asked to do more with much less. Demand for support with adult social care, child safeguarding and SEN have increased hugely but with less funding to provide these complex and vital services.

We can’t escape the reality that these cuts (of roughly 21% from 09/10 to 17/18) will have an impact on the services councils can deliver and, despite best efforts, the speed and quality at which they do so. Our council has worked hard to keep libraries open but has had to make tough decisions.

Our City Council Mayor, Marvin Rees, signed a joint letter in December last year, warning that council’s have reached breaking point.

As the IFS said: Current plans for councils to rely on council tax and business rates for the vast bulk of their funding don’t look compatible with our expectations of what councils should provide. Yet the government continue to keep their head in the sand while councils up and down the country – including in Tory heartlands such as Somerset – face financial crisis.

I will continue to do all I can, along with my Labour Bristol colleagues, to highlight the demands upon local councils and the need for investment into the crucial community services they provide”.

 

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Darren comments on Stoke Lodge Planning Appeal

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has commented on the news Cotham School’s appeal to the Planning Inspectorate for a new pavilion building at Stoke Lodge has been rejected.

Darren said:

“I’ve been advised the Planning Inspectorate (PI) has now rejected Cotham School’s appeal for a new pavilion building at Stoke Lodge.

I recently wrote to the PI voicing my constituent’s views after being contacted by large numbers of residents who were concerned about additional vehicle movements, including coaches, and the impact more parked vehicles would have on residential roads and road safety if the application got the go-ahead. The community, and I, are however not against the need to invest and upgrade in the pavilion in principle, but this can’t be done at the expense of residents and road safety.

The school’s appeal has now been rejected with the school being made to pay the council’s legal costs. I take no joy in seeing local schools spending money on legal costs and that’s why I have tried time and again to get senior reps from the school round the table to find a compromise to the whole Stoke Lodge saga, sadly they weren’t willing to continue discussions and we find a school continuing to fight a tight-knit community. The school failed to evidence adequate transport planning for this application and it would appear the introduction of a fence has also had some bearing on the decision to reject the appeal.

I’ll continue to support residents who are clear they want to work with the school so students – and residents – can all enjoy the wonderful open space at Stoke Lodge”.

Background:

As well as meeting hundreds of concerned residents on 8th December 2018, Darren has  shared his concerns with Bristol City Council following news reports that a fence at Stoke Lodge would not require the council’s consent and that the school planned to progress these works imminently. The council responded to Darren, local councillors and the We Love Stoke Lodge community group concerns on Friday 7th December, maintaining their new position that a fence did not require planning consent as would be considered permitted development.

Darren has been working closely with key community leaders and local councillors on this matter for some time having previously written to residents, the council and Cotham School about Stoke Lodge alongside chairing several meetings (designed to broker a compromise so both the community and the school can use the site) over the summer of 2018.

Darren has also previously met local residents, and separately with staff from Cotham School, to discuss the school’s use of Stoke Lodge green space which (the school propose) would include the erection of a fence, alongside a new changing room/ pavilion building (this application was rejected by the local authority and as yet has not been appealed or a new submission submitted).

Darren said prior to the meeting in December 2018:

“I’ll be meeting residents at Stoke Lodge on Saturday morning to discuss any updates following last week’s surprise media reports planning consent may not be required for any perimeter fence. Clearly this news was hugely concerning to the many residents and visitors who enjoy this important green space – which includes Bristol’s Tree of the Year. This green space is the only one in walking distance to many local residents.

We’ll also be discussing next steps so we can work to ensure the site can once again be used by the local community and school.

Stoke Bishop has one of the lowest crime and ASB levels in the city, with a close-knit and supportive community and it does not appear the school encountered any reportable near misses or incidents when the school previously used this site unfenced – it is therefore imperative risks are not overstated and the community and school work together to ensure this space is used in harmony for decades to come. I know community reps remain keen to continue engaging with the school and have suggested multiple alternative options. The multiple meetings I have chaired – where all parties were invited – were designed to reach a compromise.

I am obviously concerned to hear the council have continued to advise (including in the most correspondence dated 7th December) that planning consent will not be required for the fence as it is within permitted development rights.

I’ll continue to support residents, and help work towards a compromise, at every opportunity“.

 

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Darren visits Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston and Sea Mills

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another busy Saturday (25th May 2019) hosting two Powered By You stalls in Lawrence Weston and Shirehampton followed by a visit to Sea Mills for a LinkAge event at the Methodist Church.

Darren said:

“Today was another busy constituency day, I started off talking about the issues that matter locally in Shirehampton and Lawrence Weston at my Powered By You Street Stalls and then joined the LinkAge Sea Mills community event.

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 backs End The Cage Age Campaign

Darren Jones MP is proudly supporting Compassion in World Farming’s End the Cage Age campaign.

The event was in support of a petition calling on the Government to ban the use of cages for all farmed animals. Over 95,000 British citizens have already signed the petition started by Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden. The petition is open until September 2019 and when it reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament. You can view and sign the petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/243448

Darren said:

“Despite the obvious failings of this outdated technology, around 16 million farm animals are trapped in cages every year in the UK. Cages confine, restrict and thwart many of an animal’s natural instincts. They are inhumane, outdated and clearly detrimental to farm animal welfare. Several countries across the EU have already prohibited certain cages that are permitted in the UK; the UK must take a more ambitious approach to introducing higher welfare farming systems if it is not to be left behind.

I am delighted to support the End the Cage Age campaign, which already has such widespread public support and call on the Government to deliver a cage-free future for British farming”.

You can follow Darren’s work on animal welfare here.

 

 

 

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Darren visits Southmead for Alzheimer’s fundraiser

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another busy Saturday (18th May 2019) hosting two Powered By You stalls in Henbury and Southmead followed by a visit to Southmead Fire Station to thank the Alzheimer’s Society fundraisers for their efforts which included a car wash and cake sale.

Darren said:

“Today was another fantastic constituency day. I started off talking local and national issues at my Powered By You Street Stalls in Southmead and Henbury and then hopped back over to Southmead for a fundraiser at the local Fire Station. As a Dementia Champion, it was particularly great to see the efforts the team had gone to to raise both awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

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”.