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Darren calls for new MP code of conduct

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has backed calls for a new code of behavioural conduct in the House of Commons.

Darren said:

“I’ve joined with other MPs to sign a pledge for a new code of conduct for behaviour in the House of Commons. The code of conduct includes commitments to avoid language or behaviour that incites hate or encourages disrespect, reform debate as a way to build consensus and uphold a level of respect and professionalism.

Led by More United and Compassion in Politics the new code of conduct will – I hope – start to bridge the divides in parliament and raise the standards of debate in the House of Commons.

Earlier this week party leaders released a joint statement following a meeting with the Speaker to ‘weigh their words carefully’. The pledge also brings together MPs from all parties. More United and Compassion in Politics are working with MPs to have it adopted as a formal code of conduct across the House.

We must put the country first and find ways to work together on the most pressing challenges we face. I hope other MPs from across the parties will join me in making this pledge and raising the bar for debate in Parliament.

MPs must be held as equally accountable for our behaviour and conduct as people in workplaces up and down the country”.

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Darren calls for investment in nurseries

MP for Bristol North West Darren Jones has written to the new Children’s Minister, Kemi Badenoch, to ask for more money for state-funded nursery schools.

Darren said:

“Maintained nurseries face real uncertainty about their long-term funding. Although the Department for Education has announced a stop-gap spending package of £24 million, nursery providers in Bristol North West are still waiting on information from central government about how and when this will be spent”.

 

 

 

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Darren pushes for action on Avonmouth flies

The scourge of flies in and around Avonmouth is making life intolerable for residents — as last night’s Inside Out West made clear, their prevalence gets in the way of eating, sleeping and everyday life. Although it gets worse during sunny spells, this is now a year-round problem, and people feel trapped. As Darrenargued on BBC Radio Bristol yesterday, we urgently need a joined-up approach which cracks down on the waste companies at fault, and is doing all he can to bring it about.

 

 

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Darren warns against dangers of no deal

The Government have been forced by Parliament to publish their central planning assumptions document for a n0-deal Brexit — it includes “lorries facing waits of between 1.5 days and 2.5 days to cross the border,” disruption to medical supplies and shortages of certain kinds of food, and isn’t even the worst-case scenario. The human cost of no deal is enormous, and no responsible government would be pushing ahead with this kind of reckless strategy. We know the dangers, and I’m determined to stop them taking Britain over the precipice.

You can read the original ‘Yellowhammer’ document at the link here

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Darren welcomes Court ruling on prorogation

Commenting on the Scottish appeal court’s verdict that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, Bristol North West MP Darren Jones said:

Boris Johnson broke the law: that’s the unanimous finding of Scotland’s most senior judges, who this morning ruled that the decision to shutter Parliament was about dodging scrutiny. So far, so obvious — but if their unprecedented judgement that he lied to the Queen in order to do it is upheld by the Supreme Court next week then we shouldn’t mince words: the Prime Minister has to resign.

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Watch: Darren hails Science Committee blueprint for clean growth

Tackling climate change means every element of Government and the wider economy pulling in the same direction: this was the key finding from the cross-party Science and Technology Committee’s recent ‘Clean Growth’ report, which lays out a roadmap for decarbonising our economy on or ahead of the Government’s 2050 net-zero target. Darren had the privilege of leading the Committee’s work, and spoke in the Commons debate on the report’s findings this morning:

 

 

 

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Darren joins cross-party push to prevent no-deal

This evening Darren stood with (now ex-)Tory rebels and other Opposition MPs in voting to empower Parliament to take control of the Brexit process and avoid a catastrophic no-deal outcome. The House of Commons voted decisively in favour of allowing debate on a bill which mandates the Prime Minister to seek a further extension if he fails to renegotiate a deal. This is a major setback for Boris Johnson’s undemocratic and reckless Brexit strategy, and a victory for sensible MPs across the political divide — but the fight’s not over yet, and it now seems inevitable that we’ll be plunged into a General Election before too long. Ultimately, it’s clear that the only democratic way to resolve this impasse is by putting Brexit back to the people in a public vote, but thanks to MPs who put the national interest before their careers we’ve taken a decisive step away from the no-deal precipice.

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Darren presses PM to back down on prorogation power-grab

In Britain, Parliament is sovereign. And in normal times, with no majority for a no-deal Brexit, the Government would have to convince more MPs or think again. We can’t move forward on Brexit by bypassing democracy. So I want to be clear: Boris Johnson’s decision to shut Parliament down for five weeks — denying MPs vital time to stand up for our constituents and act in the national interest ⁠— is the act of a tin-pot dictator, and the House of Commons must resist this constitutional outrage.

Below is the letter, signed by Darren and 147 other Labour MPs, urging the Prime Minister to think again.

 

 

 

 

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Darren welcomes call for climate action

The climate crisis demands urgent action across Government — and we’re not doing nearly enough. That’s the central message in today’s Clean Growth report from the cross-party Science and Technology Committee, on which Darren sits. The science leaves no doubt that our economies must be decarbonised at speed, and the report concludes an exhaustive enquiry into how the UK can do its bit, by meeting and exceeding the Government’s stated target of net-zero emissions by 2050. And as it makes clear, the policy reality often falls a long way short of what’s required, and of what even the Tories have promised. We’ve seen renewable energy subsidies pared down and held back, investment opportunities missed, and a zero-carbon homes strategy shelved altogether. This kind of short-term thinking leaves us sleepwalking into catastrophe, but the Committee’s recommendations — for instance on decarbonising heat, making our existing and future housing stock more energy-efficient, moving away from petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles, facilitating investment in mature renewable technologies like onshore wind and solar, better regulating the energy market, and pursuing carbon capture — should form a blueprint for consensus around what we can and should do right now. The cross-party political will exists to take action in the limited time we have, and the costs of failure are too high to contemplate.

 

The report can be read in full at the link here.

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Darren continues to support Bristol’s Cystic Fibrosis patients

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has continued to fight for access to Orkambi for the 10,400 people with Cystic Fibrosis in the UK.

Following multiple communications supported by Darren last year, the MP has co-signed new letters to Vertex Pharmaceuticals and the Secretary of State for Health and Social, Matt Hancock,  requesting both parties urgently sit down together and resolve the negotiations regards Orkambi so those with cystic fibrosis can have access to this revolutionary drug.

Darren said:

“After many, many months of meetings and letters,  it is unacceptable this drug – Orkambi – has been licensed for over four years yet it is still not available for the people in the UK that sorely need it. Median life expectancy for someone with CF is just 47 – in the context of that stark figure four years is harrowingly long to wait. People with Cystic Fibrosis must not have to keep waiting for this treatment to be available.

NHS England and Vertex need to sit down as a matter of the strongest urgency and sort this out and the government should be facilitating that discussion. These delays are causing unnecessary suffering to my constituents and thousands across the country”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about Cystic Fibrosis and the support available here.