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Darren shares his views on Family Reunification for refugees

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has shared his thoughts on family reunification for refugees ahead of a debate on 16th March 2018.

Darren said:

“ A number of constituents have shared concerns about family reunion rules, the effectiveness of their implementation-  a number of organisations have also called for there to be an expansion of the criteria.  

I agree that more needs to be done to reunite families and I share concerns about the efficiency of the processes in place for those who are entitled to join family in the UK, particularly children. As we know, unaccompanied migrant children are highly vulnerable to trafficking, sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse.  

At the last General Election, I stood on a manifesto that promised to produce a cross-departmental strategy to meet our international obligations on the refugee crisis, and I hope this is something that the Government will consider. I believe we need effective action to alleviate the refugee crisis and continue to uphold the proud British tradition of honouring the spirit of international law and our moral obligations by taking our fair share of refugees.  

Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the debate on the 16th March 2018 due to prior diary commitments. However I did attend the opposition motion on refugees on the 24th January  2018. I also recently attended a fund-raising Ceilidh organised by Westbury Welcome to help refugee families arriving in Bristol North West. 

I will follow the Government’s response to the refugee crisis closely, and will continue to bear in mind the points my constituents raise when this issue is debated in the House of Commons in the future”.


Darren shares his views on rising violence in Kashmir

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has shared his thoughts on violence in Kashmir.

Darren said:

“ A number of constituents have shared concerns about escalating violence in Kashmir.  The situation in Kashmir alongside the recent upsurge in violent clashes is deeply concerning, and all sides must engage in dialogue and seek to break the cycle of violence. Indeed, we have seen the worst spate of violence in the region since 2010. I condemn the use of pellet guns in Kashmir and believe these, and tear gas and live ammunition, should be banned in civilian areas. It is also important that people who are suspected of committing offences are properly charged and given fair trials. 

I do not believe it is for the UK to prescribe a solution to the issue of Kashmir – it is for those parties directly involved to determine through peaceful dialogue and co-operation. 

I acknowledge the importance of the work of international organisations, such as the UN, and their efforts to negotiate with all parties and member states involved to bring India and Pakistan to the negotiating table. India and Pakistan must continue to be encouraged to seek a lasting solution on Kashmir in accordance with the provisions of UN Security Council resolutions. 

I hope the UK Government will continue to encourage and support both India and Pakistan to find a lasting resolution to the situation in Kashmir, in line with the wishes of the Kashmiri people. Their wishes are fundamental to the success of the process and to obtaining peace in the region”.