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Darren champions Bowel Cancer Awareness

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has championed the need for earlier diagnosis and treatment of Bowel Cancer as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

This follows Darren’s joint letter to government, ahead of the release of last year’s NHS 10 Year Plan in November,  calling on them to back Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to ensure bowel cancer is diagnosed quickly so patients have access to treatment and the highest possible chance of beating the disease.

Darren said:

“Every 15 minutes in the UK somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it affects us all. Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. This doesn’t just impact the person diagnosed, it affects families, friends and colleagues, doctors and nurses, scientists and researchers – that’s millions of people. We need everyone affected to take action to create real hope, now and for the future.

That’s why I’m working in Parliament to ensure bowel cancer is diagnosed quickly so patients have access to treatment and the highest possible chance of beating the disease: 

Join me by supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month via:www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/“.

To follow Darren’s work on health click here.

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Darren praises Bristol Charity and calls for action on Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Darren spoke on the need for interventions to help prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences. He also praised the work of the Southmead Project in this area.

Darren asks Government about use of your biological data

As part of his work on the Science and Technology Committee, Darren asked a Government minister about the State use and storage of your biological data (biometrics). You can watch a brief clip below and the full clip of Darren questioning the Minister below that.

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Darren restates support for People’s Vote

In light of a House of Commons motion for a People’s Vote, Darren explained his position in terms of being for a People’s Vote and how we can get to one being held.

He wrote the following on Facebook, with the below letter:

My constituents know I’m committed to a People’s Vote and that I’ve been 100% committed to it at every vote. But I trust the guidance from the official People’s Vote campaign and from Peter Kyle MP / Phil Wilson MP that voting for (h) today puts it all at risk.

I hope that my constituents will trust my political judgement on this and I’ll be explaining why on my Facebook page after votes tonight. We have a real opportunity to secure a People’s Vote next week. I can’t put that at risk.

Here’s why:

 

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Darren comments on Childcare Survey and backs childcare improvements.

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, has commented on the release of the2019 Childcare Survey from Coram Family and Childcare. This follows Darren’s recent Westminster Hall debate where he called for fully-funded state childcare.

Darren said:

“I know families are struggling – that’s one of the reasons I recently called for fully-funded state childcare. Yesterday (28th February 2019), Coram Family and Childcare released their Childcare Survey 2019.

The headline results show: 
• The average price for 25 hours per week of nursery childcare for a child under two is £127, a rise of 3 per cent since 2018.
• In 94 per cent of local authorities, the maximum limit per child under Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit of £175 per week does not cover the average cost of full time childcare for a child under two.
• 57% of local authorities in England have enough childcare for parents working full time.
• Less than one in four local authorities have enough childcare available for children needing after school care, parents working outside normal office hours, or disabled children.

I support calls for the government to reform the childcare system, to make it simpler for parents, encourage improvements in quality and make sure parents aren’t forced to give up work or drastically reduce their hours (unless they want to) because of the price of childcare – if we want true gender equality in the workplace and to ensure all kids get the best start in life, we must improve childcare provision.

In the short-term Coram are also asking that the government:
• Increase the maximum amount of childcare costs that are supported by Universal Credit in order to make sure parents are better off for every extra hour worked, and switch to upfront payments so that parents can afford to move into work.
• Provide start up grants and responsive funding for childcare providers to increase the availability of childcare places.
• Extend the 30 hours entitlement to parents undertaking training to make sure childcare costs do not prevent parents from developing the skills and employability that drives social mobility.

I fully support these steps but in the longer-term, I still believe childcare should be state-funded”.

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Darren asks experts about electric vehicles and energy efficiency

In Science and Technology Committee Darren asked industry representatives about electric vehicles charging and energy efficiency.

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Darren calls for NHS workforce boost

In a debate in the House of Commons on the NHS long term plan, Darren highlighted the need for the NHS workforce to be large enough for the plan to be delivered.

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Darren calls for fully state funded childcare

Darren hosted a Westminster Hall debate so that Parliament could consider the costs and benefits of childcare which is free to parents and paid for by the state. In it he spoke for this policy.

You can watch Darren’s speech at the start of the debate and the rest of the debate afterwards 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.