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Darren Jones: No Excuse For Exams Fiasco

Writing in his regular Bristol Post column, Darren called on the Government to get a grip on its levelling up agenda and its handling of the Coronavirus pandemic. Ahead of a the most difficult Winter in peacetime, we don’t have the luxury of continued incompetence. The Government must do much better when anticipating and addressing the challenges our country faces. In his column, Darren gave an update on the work being done in Bristol to address the recession and his tour of essential services in Bristol North West.

You can read Darren’s full article below:

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Darren Calls For Net-Zero To Be Put At The Heart Of Our Economy Recovery

Writing in Public Sector Executive, Darren argued that regional and local leaders should be unlocked by Whitehall to implement bespoke economic recovery plans that are net-zero ready. Pitching economic stimulus and environmental policy against each other is a false choice; net-zero policymaking is the best way to recover, grow and future-proof the UK’s economy. We have diverse talent-pool of regional and local leaders that are able to tailor energy policy, green initiatives and recovery packages that work for their geopolitical environment. As demonstrated in this pandemic, one-size-fits-all approaches aren’t effective in the long-term. Instead, we need experts contributing net-zero solutions at all levels of government.

You can read Darren’s full article below:

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Darren Calls For Customer Protections To Accompany Energy Efficiency Vouchers

Darren wrote to Kwasi Kwarteng MP, the Minister for Business Energy and Green Growth, raising concerns about the lack of costumer protection offered during legacy energy efficiency home improvement programme. For this green growth policy to be effective, steps need to be taken to ensure that quality, professional local providers are not edged out of the market by dodgy traders and that people have recourse to action if something does go wrong.

Commenting on the need for customer protections, Darren said

Improving the energy efficiency of our homes is vital and I welcome Government funding to start this process. But consumers need to know they’re using a trusted trader and that they can complain and get compensation if something goes wrong.

 

You can read the full letter below:

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Darren urges Government to do better on its commitments to human, workers and environmental rights

During the Free Trade bill reading, Darren called on the Government to avoid a race to the bottom when negotiating future Free Trade deals with other nations. Darren highlighted these future trade relationships as an opportunity create a coherent and modern industrial and economy strategy but warned that it must not come at the cost of weakening rights. Instead, future trade bills should set out clear declarations against human trafficking and for human rights, workers rights and environmental protection.

 

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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 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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Darren shares feedback with Council about the YTL Arena.

Darren Jones MP has written to the Bristol City Council Democratic Services team to request a statement is read at the next planning meeting for the YTL Meeting.

Darren says

Following feedback from my constituents about the proposed YTL Arena, I ask that a full transport assessment and plan is published. The proposal for an arena has been met with great interest by myself and my constituents, I hope that details on how the arena will impact local life will be published in an accessible and transparent format.

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