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Darren asks the government about sexism in schools

In a written question, Darren wrote:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the National Education Union report on Sexism in schools published in December 2017, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the relationships and sex education curriculum is designed to prevent sexism and sexual harassment among children and young people at all key stages.

Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools, replied:

On 14 December 2017 the Department published advice for schools on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment between children: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sexual-violence-and-sexual-harassment-between-children-in-schools-and-colleges.

The Department wants to ensure that all pupils gain the knowledge and skills they need to keep themselves safe and develop healthy, respectful and positive relationships for adult life in modern Britain. The Department is actively engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the regulations and guidance on Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education; and we launched two calls for evidence on 19 December, one for adults and one for young people, to seek views on the curriculum content for these subjects. The calls for evidence close on 12 February and can be accessed via this link: https://consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rse-call-for-evidence/.

We envisage draft regulations and the guidance will be published for consultation later this year. The regulations will then be laid in Parliament.

16th January Science and Tech Committee – Artificial Intelligence

The witnesses were Dr Dominic King, Senior Staff Research Scientist and Clinical Lead, DeepMind Health, Dr Ian Hudson, Chief Executive, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Professor Harry Hemingway, Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, and Eleonora Harwich, Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, Reform.

Listen to highlights below (press play and the audio will skip to where Darren is speaking:

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Gender Pay Gap

Darren Jones MP names and shames Bristol employers who pay men more than women.

In January 2018, the Government published information about the gender pay gap: the difference that men are paid to women.

Labour passed the Equalities Act in Government which made it clear: men and women should get equal pay for equal work. Yet many organisations are failing to do that, with conscious or unconscious bias in appointments, promotions and pay between men and women. This is unacceptable and must stop.

Today, Darren Jones MP has written to organisations on the list of published offenders that employ people in Bristol to call them out, and ask what they’re doing to fix the problem. This is part of wider work being done by Darren to eradicate modern slavery and unethical work from Bristol. The  list includes prominent Bristol employers such as the BBC, day nursery Mama Bears, Rolls Royce and Wessex Bus.

Darren said:

There is no excuse for employers who pay men more than women for the same work. And to respond saying that women aren’t in senior positions misses the point entirely. For whatever reason, women continue to get paid less than men for doing exactly the same job. It’s time to call that out publically and I encourage women to raise it with their employers, and to ask what is being done to fix the problem. They have my full support in doing so.

Here is the list of organisations thought to employ people in Bristol, who pay men more than women:

  • Accenture (16.7% gap)
  • Arup (17.4% gap)
  • Baker Tilly (14.8% gap)
  • BBC (10.7% gap)
  • BDO (18.3% gap)
  • Capgemini (19.4% gap)
  • Clydesdale Bank (37% gap)
  • CMS Cameron McKenna (17.3% gap)
  • Coral Racing (14% gap)
  • Crown Prosecution Services / CPS (10.6% gap)
  • Deloitte (17% gap)
  • Ernst and Young (19.7% gap)
  • Europa Worldwide Logistics (19% gap)
  • First Wessex (15.1% gap)
  • Fujitsu (16.7% gap)
  • Hayley Group (18.6% gap)
  • HSE (22.9% gap)
  • Ladbrokes (15% gap)
  • Land Registry (33.3% gap)
  • Mama Bears (27.5% gap)
  • Ministry of Defence (12.5% gap)
  • NHS Digital (16.1% gap)
  • Rolls-Royce (6.3-11.1% gap)
  • Shell UK (18-31.5% gap)
  • The Coop Bank (30.3% gap)
  • TSB Bank (31% gap)

This list is based on national figures, excludes a 10% +/- range (not that a pay gap of less than 10% is an excuse!) and where there are various subsidiaries a range has been included.

And here is the letter Darren has sent to each of them:

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A day in the life of Darren!

You can read the full article here: https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/a-day-with-bristol-north-west-mp-darren-jones/.

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Arranging a tour of Parliament

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has reminded constituents that they can book free Democratic Access Tours through their MP.

Arrange a tour through your MP

Members of the public are able to visit the Houses of the Parliament and Palaces of Westminster. Paid tours can be arranged through the Houses of Parliament but free tours are available to UK Residents booking through their MP.

These tours are only available on certain days and at certain times, depending on whether Parliament is in session or in recess. Tours last approximately one hour.

If you would like Darren to try to arrange a tour on your behalf please email the office. Applications should be made as far in advance as possible (up to 6 months) and as it can be difficult to arrange for everyone to take a tour on their preferred date, it would be helpful to provide some alternative dates.

You can find out more about dates and times of small group/individual tours here. 

Schools can find out more about arranging a group visit to Parliament by visiting the Education Service website.

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Darren votes for possibility of UK Customs Union membership

Darren has been voting and attending debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Today he voted for an amendment which would allow continuing UK Customs Union membership to be possible.

Darren said:

Just voted for my colleagues amendment to keep the Customs Union on the table. Vital for import and export of goods in and from Bristol North West. A jobs first amendment!

 You can see the full amendment below:
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You can view Darren’s full voting record,  including all of his votes in relation to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, here – http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?id=uk.org.publicwhip/member/41586&showall=yes.

Darren votes for UK single market membership

Darren has been voting and attending debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. He voted for the UK to remain part of the single market post Brexit.

He said:

I’ve taken two breaks from #paternityleave this week to vote on Brexit Bill amendments, including in favour of the Single Market and – as a crunch vote tonight – for a meaningful vote in Parliament before the proposed date the UK leaves the EU. I’ve always said I’ll vote against a Hard Brexit in order to protect jobs at home, and will continue to do so (even where amendments are cross party).

You can view Darren’s entire voting record, including other votes on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, here – http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?id=uk.org.publicwhip/member/41586&showall=yes.

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Darren votes for Parliament to have final say on Brexit deal

Darren has been voting and attending debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Today he voted for an amendment which will guarantee parliament a final vote on the Brexit deal.

Darren said:

Thrilled to have actually won a vote tonight. And such an important one too. Parliament – not the Government – now gets a final say on Brexit. It took a lot of effort on a cross party basis to get this vote into the bill!

You can view Darren’s full voting record,  including all of his votes in relation to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, here – http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?id=uk.org.publicwhip/member/41586&showall=yes.

Darren supports tackling tax evasion

Due to paternity leave Darren was absent at today’s votes on the Finance Bill. But he stated support for the measures to tackle tax avoidance in the bill, which included securing full transparency for offshore trusts.

He stated:

I’m paired for this vote tonight, which means a Tory MP won’t vote because I’m on paternity leave. So I’ll be recorded as an “abstention”. But it’s vital the Government listens to Labours sensible suggestions on tackling tax evasion.