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Darren states Brexit amendments position

Today, the Prime Minister brought a Brexit statement to the House of Commons to be voted on. Darren was asked to comment on it on BBC Points West, and used the opportunity to state his support for a number of amendments to the statement.

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Darren speaks in ME Parliamentary debate

Darren spoke in the house about the difficulties many patients of ME face, including highlighting the concerns of constituents who are affected, and the importance of finding what the right treatment is for this illness.

 

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Darren speaks in Parliament on Online Fraud

Darren used a debate in Parliament to press the case for further regulation to tackle banking fraud over the telephone and online. With the rise of new technology, online crime is now one of the largest areas of crime in Britain.

You can watch his question here:

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Darren asks for Climate Change debate

Time is increasingly running out to tackle climate change, with the UN stating that there is only 12 years left before the world suffer disastrous levels of damage as a result of it. In light of this and similar advice from the UK’s Climate Change Committee, Darren demanded a main House of Commons debate on climate change.

Darren relaunches Labour Friends of India

Writing on Facebook, Darren said

One of my national roles is co-chairing my party’s relationship between the UK and India. It was great to welcome the new High Commissioner and her India in UK (High Commission of India, London) team to our Labour Friends of India event this evening.

India is now the fastest growing economy in the world, and is expected to overtake China. As a democracy with liberal institutions the geopolitical role India will play in the future will be vital.

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Darren asks questions on Digital Government in Science and Tech Committee

Darren attended a Science and Technology Committee session on Digital Government. The panel he asked questions to was made up of:

Professor Helen Margetts, Programmind Director for Public Policy, Alan Turing Institute

Peter Wells, Head of Policy, Open Data Institute

Daniel Korski, Co-founder and CEO, PUBLIC

The panel were being asked about how future technologies and innovation can impact Government.

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Darren receives government response on sale of energy drinks to under 16s

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has received a formal response from the government regarding his letter on the sale and advertising of energy drinks to young people. 

As a member of the Science and Tech Committee, Darren has previously shared his concerns about the advertisement and marketing of energy drinks and health impacts on young people and urged for tighter restrictions on their sale.

Darren said:

“I recently shared my concerns with Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, about the sale and advertising of high-caffeine and sugar-filled energy drinks to children. You can see a copy of my original letter here.

I have now received a reply which outlines the results of the government’s consultation (which explored views on banning the sale of said drinks to young people) will be published later this year. I continue to call on the government to swiftly publish their findings and put a ban in place that protects young people from the effects of these cheap and widely-available drinks”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Darren speaks in Meaningful Vote debate

Darren spoke in the House of Commons debate which is taking place before the Meaningful Vote. He spoke about how damaging Brexit would be and how the people deserve a final say on it. You can watch the full speech here:

Darren looks in Government Digital Services on Science and Tech Committee

The Science and Technology Committee, which Darren sits on, is currently holding an inquiry into the progress of Government Digital Services. Government Digital Services is aimed at developing the use of digital services across Government.

Darren asked two witnesses to the inquiry, Tom Loosemore, Partner at Public Digital, former Deputy Director of the Government Digital Service (2011-2015), and Dafydd Vaughan, Director, Cedryrn Ltd, about a variety of issues including the concrete changes needed to improve Government Digital Services.

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Darren calls for parity for children’s mental health funding

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has commented on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services following release of a major new report from the Children’s Commissioner for England.

The report includes a detailed break-down of spending, waiting times and the number of children turned away for each area of England. This has enabled Darren to take a detailed look at provision in Bristol. Bristol CCG’s results show that between April 2017 and March 2018:

• 41% of children who are referred to NHS CAMHS services are not accepted for treatment. The Commissioner does not know what, if any, alternative support is available to these children.

• Of those who are accepted, 47% are seen within 4 weeks – this compares to 80% across England. 19% have to wait more than 6 weeks.

• Children’s mental health accounts for less than 1% of local NHS spending (0.99% locally). Per capita, adult mental health services are funded at three times the rate of children’s services. Bringing about parity of spending (per head) requires an additional £1.7bn to be invested in children’s mental health services nationally.

In response the Children’s Commissioner calls for the three commitments from NHS England to be included within the forthcoming NHS 10-yr Plan, I support:

1) A spending benchmark that brings parity between child and adult mental health, achieved within five years.

2) A large expansion of community mental health treatment to ensure that by 2023 the NHS is in a position to ensure no child who needs help is turned away. This should be combined with a clear four-week waiting times target.

3) A comprehensive plan for the NHS and local partners to provide lower-level children’s mental health services, to ensure easy access before conditions deteriorate. This should include an NHS-funded counsellor in every school.

Darren said:

“I will be meeting the CCG in the New Year and plan to raise these mattes for further discussion. I believe we can – and must – do better to ensure our young people get the support they need and deserve – the first step would be giving parity of funding per person to children and adolescent services as they do to adult mental health service. 41% of those referred for treatment do not receive it – that is genuinely concerning and must be fully investigated”.