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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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Darren to attend Shire Climate Emergency Public Meeting

The response to the Climate Emergency in North West Bristol could not be more important. While Bristol has fortunately avoided the worst of the floodings from the recent storms, we should not be complacent.

Speaking about the upcoming meeting, Darren said:

I’ll be there to listen and talk about this issue, our flood defences and other aspects of the climate emergency this Saturday in Shire. Please come along and contribute to the discussion. I want to hear from everyone about this important challenge.

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ClairCity research, in partnership with BCC, shows Bristolians are more ambitious when tackling Climate Change

ClairCity, an EU-funded research project working with UWE and BCC, published a report this week that suggests that net-zero targets could be achieved more quickly if the public is involved in designing environmental policy.

A copy of the summary of their report can be found below. It includes details of a climate policy programme, designed by Bristolians, that tackles air pollution, calls for public transport investment, and more green housing initiatives.

Welcoming the report, Darren said:

This Action Plan shows the public want to tackle our Climate Emergency and they want our governments to be more ambitious when facing this challenge head-on. It also indicates that the contributions of the public are a valuable and underutilised resource when creating environmental policy, a view that I’ve held for some time. With Bristol piloting a climate focussed Citizen’s Assembly this year, I’m sure we will see even more evidence of this soon

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Darren visits Bristol Port

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, visited Bristol Port on Friday 17th January.

Following the visit, Darren said:

“I visited Bristol Port this morning to hear about the latest developments for flood sea defences, to take a look at the welcome upgrades to the SIMs Metal site and to hear from the owners of the port about their investment into monitoring air pollution and investing in renewable power generation and cleaner processes on site.

Avonmouth is a strategically important industrial zone but, as always, it’s my job to not only support good work opportunities and a successful local economy but also ensure local businesses are acting ethically, cleanly and with an understanding of their impact on local residents.

Keep an eye out for the Air Pollution consultation soon (we’ll post it on my social media) and do contact me by emailing darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk if you have any concerns or questions.”

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Darren calls on Environment Secretary to adopt Deposit Return Scheme

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has written to Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers MP to ask her to adopt the suggestions of Girlguiding’s Future Girl campaign on a Deposit Return Scheme for plastic bottles.

Darren said:

Proposals for a DRS have already won approval across party lines. In December 2017, the Environmental Audit Committee produced a report on plastic bottle waste which found that the UK uses 38.5 million plastic bottles every day, of which 15 million are not recycled; they recommended that “the Government adapts a producer responsibility compliance fee structure that stimulates the use of recycled plastic, rewards design for recyclability, and increases costs for packaging that is difficult to recycle or reuse.” They also recommended “that the Government introduces a legislated Deposit Return Scheme for all PET plastic drinks bottles.”