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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 works with council to secure Lawrence Weston site

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones recently (16th May 2019) shared a number of constituent concerns about the former Rockwell Care Home on Corbet Close (due to be sold to Curo for housing) in Lawrence Weston. The site had become a target of vandalism, smashed windows and trespass. Following contacting the council, Darren was advised:

People have been systematically breaking into the building and trashing it. We have responded to this and boarded up windows and doors however they are continuing to break in. Local residents are of course concerned.

To combat this, we are getting the building and the adjacent bungalow hoarded and all internal windows boarded up. We are in the process of doing this and are making every effort for this to be done as quickly as possible. We are also in the process of getting an alarm installed.

Darren said:

“I would like to thank the community in Lawrence Weston for contacting me about this issue.  It is good to see the council acting swiftly to make the site safe and secure. I hope these actions are taken quickly so residents feel safe in the area they live.”

 

 

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Darren calls for lifetime elected office ban for those who promote rape

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has joined the Fawcett Society’s calls for those who promote rape and/or gender violence to be  banned from running for office.

Darren said:

“Too many women face horrific abuse online and in public life. Our law currently permits those who issue threats of violence to stand for election. This has to change. We must stand up against hate and ensure those elected to office uphold and represent the highest standards towards women and wider society.

I encourage you to support these calls by signing the Fawcett Society’s petition by clicking here“.

#NotFitToStand

 

 

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Darren welcomes ban on lettings fees

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West,  has welcomed the forthcoming ban on letting fees and the announcement that Bristol City Council will host a national enforcement team.

Darren said:

” I am pleased to hear Bristol City Council has been chosen to host a new nationally-focused team which will provide greater protection for renters across England from letting agents who charge illegal tenant fees. Tenant fees in the private sector are banned in England from 1 June 2019. I fully supported this bill.

The new enforcement team – being led by National Trading Standards – will be responsible for regulating the private rental sector in England, protecting tenants and safeguarding compliant letting agents.

The National Trading Standards Estate & Letting Agency Team will act as the lead enforcement authority for the purposes of the Estate Agents Act 1979 and the Tenant Fees Act 2019. Letting agency regulation (covering England) will be led by Bristol City Council and estate agency enforcement (across the UK) will continue to be operated from Powys County Council.

This team will place Bristol City Council at the heart of influencing government policy to help enhance consumer protection“.

You can follow Darren’s work on housing here.

 

 

 

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Darren calls for jail time for dog and cat meat consumption

Darren Jones MP is proudly supporting the World Dog Alliance’s campaign to end dog and cat meat processing, transportation and consumption.

Darren has signed an amendment to ban dog and cat meat consumption. The amendment for Agriculture Bill was put down by Giles Watling MP on 28 January. The Bill is currently sponsored by 15 cross-party MPs

Darren Jones MP said:

“The black market trade in dog and cat meat is abhorrent – the meat could be from a stolen pet, a diseased animal and most of these animals are killed and transported in the most horrific conditions.

Anyone knowingly transporting, storing or eating dog or cat meat must face the consequences of this unregulated and cruel trade”.

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

 

 

 

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Policy Pods Episode 3: Rising Crime and Falling Police Numbers

In this episode of the podcast – which aims to answer Bristol North West residents’ policy questions – Darren investigates whether falling police numbers are causing a rise in crime.

Thanks to the constituent who suggested this at a recent Cafe Politics.

You can listen to the podcast on Soundcloud or on iTunes.

If you have a question you’d like answered on the podcast, please send them to darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk with ‘Policy Pods’ in the subject header, including your postcode in the email so we can verify that you’re a constituent.

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Darren speaks in Parliament on Online Fraud

Darren used a debate in Parliament to press the case for further regulation to tackle banking fraud over the telephone and online. With the rise of new technology, online crime is now one of the largest areas of crime in Britain.

You can watch his question here:

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Darren calls for Met investigation into abuse outside Parliament.

Darren said:

“I am proud to be one of 55 cross-party MPs who have called on the Met to investigate the escalating and disgusting incidents of abuse and harassment from far-right activists outside Parliament.

Yesterday’s shocking scenes of abuse towards Anna Soubry, activist Femi and journalist Owen Jones are appalling. This organised and vocal minority can not be allowed to intimidate and bully others. I don’t care if people voted leave or remain, they can not behave like this and must treat other people with respect”.

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Updated with Government reply: Darren calls on Government to fund police pensions

Darren Jones MP has backed calls from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, for the government to review their plans to pass changes to funding of police pensions to police forces, potentially costing Avon and Somerset Constabulary an additional £9m per year.

Darren Jones MP said:

” Our Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Avon and Somerset Constabulary‘s Chief Constable Andy Marsh have been very clear that the local force is ‘at a tipping point’ and the government’s failure to properly invest in the police could lead to complex investigations such as sexual exploitation or domestic abuse being under-resourced. Earlier this year, I joined police officers on a typical Friday night in Bristol North West so I have seen first-hand the immense pressure they are under to meet rising, and changing, demands with less staff.

I have been advised today (25 10 18) that potential changes to funding of police pensions (and passing of those costs to the force) could cost Avon and Somerset Police £9m per year from 2020-21. Costs of this magnitude without increased funding will inevitably lead to cuts to the number of police and put public safety at risk.

But this is not ‘just’ a local issue, a report by the Home Affairs Committee released today said forces in England and Wales were “struggling to cope” amid falling staff numbers and rising crime. It also accused the Home Office of a “complete failure of leadership” – this is totally unacceptable and I wonder at what point the government will practice what it preached at Conservative party conference and truly bring an end to the crippling austerity that is bringing every one of our public services to breaking point?

Just over a year ago – in advance of last year’s autumn budget – I called upon the government to protect and boost police funding, I’ve also more recently championed investment into investigating child exploitation and, earlier this month, supported calls for fairer allocation of police funding. I have therefore shared my concerns with the government once again to demand proper funding and support for police“.

Update:

The following reply was received from the Government on the 7th of January 2019:

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Darren backs second reading of Modern Slavery Bill

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has signed a cross-party letter sent to The Times supporting the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill:

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Dear Sir,

We welcome the Government’s plans to improve support for victims of modern slavery. But their limited proposals are inadequate.

This problem would be addressed directly by the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill, scheduled for Second Reading today (23rd November) in the House of Commons.

The Bill would provide a guaranteed period of 12 months support after someone is confirmed as a victim and, for those who need it, the right to remain in the UK during that year so they can receive the help they need.

Long term support is crucial. Support prevents re-trafficking and allows victims time to rebuild their lives. It also gives them stability enabling them to give evidence against their traffickers, greatly increasing the chance of convictions.

We have a golden opportunity to create a truly world class system of victim support. We urge the Government to give its full support to the Bill before it runs out of time.

Yours sincerely,

Lord McColl of Dulwich CBE; Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP; Kevin Hyland OBE; Baroness Redfern; Lord Kennedy of Southwark; Lord Hogan-Howe QPM; Lord Elton TD; Kate Green MP; Barry Sheerman MP; Baroness Newlove; Jon Cruddas MP; Baroness Kennedy of Cradley; Baroness Thornton; Rt. Hon Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE; Carolyn Harris MP; Catherine West MP; Baroness Howe of Idlicote CBE; Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP; Jonathan Edwards MP; Kelvin Hopkins MP; Marie Rimmer MP; Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP; Baroness Stroud; Ben Lake MP; Helen Hayes MP; Ruth George MP; Vernon Coaker MP; Caroline Lucas MP; Heidi Allen MP; Lord Hylton; Kerry McCarthy MP; Helen Goodman MP; Sarah Champion MP; Jess Phillips MP; Baroness Sheehan; Ann Coffey MP; Baroness Hamwee; Gareth Snell MP; Daniel Zeichner MP; Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws QC; Bishop Alastair Redfern; Anne Marie Morris MP; Jim McMahon MP; Darren Jones MP; Tim Farron MP; Lord Dubs; Kate Osamor MP; Diana Johnson MP; Baroness Cox; Rt Hon David Lammy MP; Fiona Bruce MP; Lord Alton of Liverpool (Trustee, Arise Foundation); Jim Cunningham MP; Alex Norris MP; Siobhain McDonagh MP; Stuart McDonald MP; Lord Skinkwin; Charlie Elphicke MP; Andrew Selous MP; Gillian Keegan MP;

Darren said:

“I have championed the rights of victims of modern slavery and trafficking since my election in June 2017. This has included raising the rights of victims at a debate in Westminster Hall, calling for new anti Modern Slavery measures to be trialled in Bristol and hosting a Business Forum to raise awareness of modern slavery in supply chains. I have made it my mission to highlight modern slavery, support victims and drive this horrific crime out of Bristol – I therefore fully support the second reading of the Modern Slavery Bill”.