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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 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:

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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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Colour in Bristol North West

To help make the second half of the Easter Holidays a bit cheerier, we’re running a little competition to colour in some of our great landmarks in North West Bristol.

To enter the competition, please send me your coloured-in pictures to darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk. The competition runs all of this week and ends on May 1st.

If you take a picture of your colourings and pop it on Facebook and tag me, I’ll do my best to leave a comment and a thumbs up too.

Thanks,

Darren Jones

Thank you to Ella Bryden (@ellabrydendesign) for the great illustrations of Avonmouth Bridge, the botanical gardens and Blaise Castle!

Statement on Coronavirus

Whilst I have no symptoms, members of my family have today started to exhibit raised temperatures. As of this evening, Government advice is to self-isolate if any member of your household has a new cough OR high temperatures even if you haven’t had a positive test for COVID19. I will therefore now self-isolate for 14 days. 

This will not impact my ability to represent residents across Bristol North West. As of last week, all of my Westminster and Bristol staff have started to work from home. Other than the post and telephone messages, which are being re-directed, all of our services can be conducted online or on the ‘phone.

My surgery appointments, alongside all of my constituency meetings, will now be done on the ‘phone and my office and I will continue to support local residents with official advice, local service updates and sign-posting, including for COVID19 volunteer responses across the community. I will continue to raise issues with Ministers on e-mail and via written parliamentary questions. Parliament will soon be in recess until the end of April so I don’t anticipate my absence from the House of Commons to cause any significant disruption.

You can read my updated COVID19 FAQ page by clicking here. You can join my North Bristol Corona Community Response group on Facebook by clicking here. You can register as a COVID19 volunteer by clicking here. You can keep up to date via e-mail by joining my MP mailing list here or by following me on Facebook here.

You can call my office and leave a message on 0117 959 6545 at any time. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

As you will now know, please follow the official Government advice which you can read here. If you or anyone in your household has a cough or high temperatures, please self-isolate for 14 days. Continue to wash your hands frequently.

If you have concerns or questions you can visit the NHS 111 website here, or – if you must – call 111 on the ‘phone.

If you have any further questions, please e-mail me on darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk

Please take the official Government advice seriously, act responsibly, be kind and keep your neighbours in mind.

Darren

Darren Jones MP
Member of Parliament, Bristol North West