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Darren Argues for a Green Recovery

We need a fiscal stimulus in people, as well as infrastructure, as we transition to a more sustainable, inclusive and productive economy.

Read Darren’s article for The Times Redbox published on July 6th in advance of the Chancellor’s summer statement. In it, Darren makes the argument for a green recovery that prioritises investment in skills and jobs.

Read the full article here on Medium here. Or at The Times here.

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Darren launches bid to be BEIS Chair

On April 14th, Darren launched his bid to become the new Chairperson of the Business Environment and Industrial Strategy select committee. Darren would be replacing the outgoing chair Rachel Reeves, who is now Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Darren has been a member of the BEIS Committee since 2018 and in that time has highlighted the key economic concerns of Bristol North West and stood up for environmental and worker standards nationally. As chair, Darren says he would continue to bolster the collaborative spirit of the select committee.

Writing about his bid in Politics Home, Darren said:

Looking ahead to this Parliament, the Committee has a full agenda: scrutinising government support for business through the pandemic; holding businesses to account for their treatment of workers; ensuring our net-zero policies effectively tackle climate change; making a success of Britain’s leadership of COP26; effectively scrutinising Government policy on energy infrastructure; and properly understanding the impact of technological change on work, training and skills.

But this isn’t just about me and what I think. It’s about the type of rigorous, professional and genuinely collaborative committee we can be together. The committee provides a service to the whole House, and to the country it serves. I am a team player and I will never use the chair for my own political purposes. If elected, I’ll ensure that every Committee member, regardless of party, is empowered to lead.

 

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Darren takes on lead MP role for the Bristol Economic Recovery Board

Darren met leaders of Bristol businesses, communities, third sector and academics to chart a course for the city’s economic recovery from the Coronavirus. Darren was asked to be the lead MP for the board by Mayor Marvin Reese and to advocate for Bristol in Westminster. The board was chaired by Deputy Mayor Cheney Craig and met for the first time on Tuesday, April 28th.

Speaking about their first meeting, Darren said:

I’ve had the privilege to listen to so many businesses, academic, third sector and community groups across Bristol already and pay thanks to Bristol Business Wes for their leadership. We’ve still got to get through this, but let’s be confident as we face the future together.

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Darren highlights privacy concerns with NHSX’s Contact Tracing App

On Monday, April 27th, Darren questioned the CEO of NHSX, Matthew Gould, about privacy safeguarding and the use of Facial Recognition Technology. NHSX a government agency responsible for technology transformation, data and innovation in the National Health Service. NHSX has been tasked with developing a contact tracing app that could be used to ease national Coronavirus lockdown measures.

You can watch Darren’s questions here:

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Darren backs a virtual parliament during the pandemic.

Darren joined a cross-party call for Parliament to return so that MPs can work together and scrutinise the Government’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The letter urges the House of Commons to work with the Parliamentary Digital Services to find a way of hosting a secure virtual parliament.

Update: Parliament returned from recess on Monday, April 20th in a semi-virtual format using a special version of Zoom to facilitate engagement.

You can read the letter that Darren co-signed here: