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Darren to host Modern Slavery event in Bristol

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has pledged his continued support to the victims of modern slavery as a new bill makes its way to the House of Commons.

Darren said:

“ There are an estimated 10,000 to 13,000 people in modern slavery in the UK, however many experts agree that’s a huge underestimate. I’ve been championing their rights since becoming Bristol North West’s MP. I’ll continue to do that by supporting Lord McColl’s Private Members Bill when it comes through the House of Commons.

Victims need support over a longer period of time (than the current 45 days stipulated by government) to recover and be able to take the opportunities that programmes such as Co-op’s Bright Future provides. Only with support will victims regain control of their lives through paid employment.

I often meet victims at my surgeries – so this is an issue I take extremely seriously. I’m also fighting unethical working practises wherever I see them including tipping etiquette in restaurants, changes to Asda employee’s terms and conditions and the hostile takeover of GKN amongst others.

I’ll be hosting an event in June to continue to raise awareness of these matters and support local businesses to work with partners across Bristol, and further afield, to stamp out modern slavery in our city”.

You can read more about the Co-op and Global Citizen campaign here.

Darren continues E-cigarettes Inquiry

The Science and Technology Committee is examining the impact of electronic cigarettes on human health (including their effectiveness as a stop-smoking tool), the suitability of regulations guiding their use, and the financial implications of a growing market on both business and the NHS.

Today, Darren asked witnesses about communicating messages about e-cigarettes to the public, and the medical licensing of e-cigarettes.

The witnesses Darren questioned were Rob Morrison, Senior Regulatory Policy Executive, Advertising Standards Authority, Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement, Public Health England, Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and Dr Ian Hudson, Chief Executive, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

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Darren shares his views on the Windrush generation’s treatment

Darren said:

It’s really sad to hear that people who have been here legally their entire lives might be deported, because of Home Office admin issues. The Government needs to move quickly and give these people the security they deserve. I was happy to support David Lammy MP on this in the House today.

If you’re a constituent affected by this issue and you need help, please get in touch with my office. Contact details are available here: www.darren-jones.co.uk/contact

You can read more about this here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43780621

Darren speaks on inequality in the technology industry

He was speaking in a Westminster Hall debate on  the future of the digital and  technology market. Watch his full speech below:

 

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Science and Technology committee highlights, 17th April 2018

This session was on early years intervention, which covers various educational and support systems for young children who have been victims of child abuse and/or neglect.

The Science and Technology Committee is examining the strength of the evidence linking adverse childhood experiences with long-term negative outcomes, the evidence base for related interventions, whether evidence is being used effectively in policy-making, and the support and oversight for research into this area.

Darren put questions to witnesses Dr Shirley Woods-Gallagher, Special Advisor on School Readiness, and Alan Harding, Chief Economic Adviser, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Dr Caroline White, Head, Children and Parents Service Early Intervention, and Martin Pratt, Chair, Association of London Directors of Children’s Services. You can watch this below (press play to skip to where Darren asks questions):

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Darren backs calls for Military Cross

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has signed a cross-party letter to call for Walter Tull to posthumously receive the Military Cross.

“ I am delighted to have supported David Lammy’s call for Walter Tull to be posthumously awarded the Military Cross – an honour he was recommended to receive during his service. Walter was the first black officer in the British Army and served his country with distinction during the First World War. Prejudice was likely to be an overriding factor as to why he didn’t get the accolade he deserved. Yesterday (25th March) marked the centenary of Walter’s death – this trailblazer and pioneer must be remembered”.

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Darren calls for cross-party NHS commission

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has co-signed a letter calling for a cross-party Health and Social Care commission to be set-up. This commission should report to Parliament before Easter 2019 and use expertise from across the house.

Darren commented:

“It is vital the NHS has the resources it needs and there is a whole-system approach to ensuring a high standard of care across both health and social care services. The NHS, public health and social care systems are overstretched and no longer able to keep pace with rising demand and the cost pressures of new drugs and technologies – the government must ensure our-beloved NHS is funded to deliver its services properly”.

Darren speaks on Cambridge Analytica

In Parliament there was an emergency debate in the Commons about the alleged illegal campaigning of the Leave campaign during the Brexit referendum. Here’s what Darren had to say:

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Darren speaks on GKN

Melrose is continuing with its hostile take over bid for GKN, and Airbus (GKNs largest customer) has said it can’t work with a business like Melrose. In response to the Government, Melrose has said it will keep GKN in North Bristol for the next five years.

Watch what Darren had to say about the matter below: