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MP comments on WASPI pension poverty

Following concerns that women affected by the government’s acceleration of pension changes are facing rising poverty, Darren Jones MP shared his views on the so-called WASPI campaign.

Darren Jones MP said:

“Many women had just 18 months notice of the extension of their pension age, whilst some were given inaccurate information by government departments when the government chose to accelerate pension equality. Others won’t ever get full pension because of career breaks decades ago when they were raising children or working part time.

Nobody in the WASPI campaign disputes pension age equality but how this has been handled and the hardship it has caused many is totally unacceptable. I continue to support the WASPI campaign and the women in my constituency affected by this shambolic decision”.

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MP welcomes news of Channel 4 Creative Hub

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has welcomed news that Channel 4 will be locating a Creative Hub in Bristol.

Darren Jones MP said:

“It is fantastic to hear Bristol will be the home of Channel 4’s Creative Hub! This is testament to the hard work of the bid team led by Mayor Marvin Rees at Bristol City Council and the city’s ability to lead the way in innovation, tech and creative industries.

Channel 4 will help to build on the city’s thriving television production sector, which has world-renowned factual producers and also has strengths in areas such as animation and digital production.

Locating in Bristol will also enable Channel 4 to work closely in partnership with Cardiff and its production sector – with the opportunity to further accelerate the growth of the creative cluster around South West England and South Wales – and also connect with indies across the West of England.

Bristol also impressed by putting forward exciting proposals to establish new social mobility initiatives to work with diverse communities across the city and bring through new talent into the industry. I can’t wait to help welcome Channel 4 to this great city of ours“.

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Darren calls for People’s Vote on Sky News

Darren was interviewed on Sky News prior to the Budget. He used the opportunity to make the case for a People’s Vote, pointing out that the economic reality of Brexit is now known to be different to what was promised during the referendum campaign.

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Darren reacts to the Budget on ITV Points West

Darren appeared on ITV Points West to give his reaction to the budget – outlining how it failed on Brexit and Public Services.

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Darren reacts to the budget in Parliament

Darren spoke in the debate on The Budget, giving his reaction to it. He termed it a Budget which was ‘a Budget of bad jokes and little else’, as it failed to deal with Brexit, austerity or the economy.

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Darren seeks clarity over post-Brexit digital economy

Data is vital to the day to day running of Britian’s economy, and so is the flow of data with other countries including other EU member states. With this in mind Darren used a UK Parliamentary European Committee concerning data to seek clarity over post-Brexit arrangments for data flows with other countries.

You can hear his full speech here:

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Bristol North West pubs ‘go to Parliament’

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has nominated two local pubs for the ‘Parliamentary Pub of the Year’ competition.

The competition is in its first year and will give 650 MPs the opportunity to nominate a pub to be recognised as the Parliamentary Pub of the Year. The main criteria for nomination is a pub that’s great at what they do – that can be for the range of beer or food, dedication to serving the local community, live music or local sports teams.

After asking constituents for their suggestions, Darren nominated the Eastfield Inn in Henleaze and the Lamplighters in Shirehampton.

Darren said:

“I couldn’t narrow down my choice to just one pub – so I have nominated two! Both of these pubs serve as vital community spaces for Bristol North West residents – they are also praised for their fantastic food and family-friendly facilities.

I am a keen supporter of  Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and their Good Beer Guide – which both of these pubs now feature in. The pub sector provides £13 billion in tax revenues and 900,000 jobs. In addition, 30 million adults visit the pub every month.

Pubs are at the heart of the UK’s communities but far too many are closing leaving those areas without a public place where people can socialise. MPs should do what they can to support local pubs – that’s why I regularly host ‘pub politics’ sessions across the constituency and wanted to submit nominations for this great new award. I have my fingers crossed that one of our pubs will succeed and be crowned ‘Parliamentary Pub of the Year – they certainly deserve to be”.

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Darren backs region’s aerospace industry

 

 

On Saturday 14th July, Darren joined thousands of budding spectators, at the Royal Air Tattoo at Fairford.

Darren said after the visit:

“I am delighted to have attended this year’s Air Tattoo – and on the 100th anniversary of the RAF – on behalf of my constituents.  Many thousands across North Bristol employed in the aerospace industry and its supply chain – it is vital their jobs and our local economy is protected. I often see the wing components being made in North Bristol, but it was great to see the whole thing (the Airbus A400M in this case) today at the Royal Air Tattoo. Thank you to Airbus for the invite”. ‬

 

 

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Darren speaks in Parliament about new business rates measures for West of England

Today, legislation went through parliament allowing the Conservative-controlled West of England Combined Authority to add a supplement to business rates which will go direct to the Authority. Darren questioned how accountability over spending of the rates would be guaranteed and what spending would take place.