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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.

Darren speaks on challenges in the technology industry

The digital sector is one of the UK’s most exciting industries. Tech companies are changing how we do everything, from eating to navigating to getting a mortgage.

But the sector also has numerous challenges, which Darren spelt out in a Westminster Hall debate on the UK’s digital market. There is a lack of both gender and class diversity in the sector leadership, a lack of opportunity for businesses to scale up outside London and multiple threats posed by Brexit.

Darren used his speech to describe these issues and some of their potential solutions.

 

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:

 

Data Protection Bill committee, 4th day highlights

The Data Protection Bill (the “Bill”) applies new EU data protection laws (the General Data Protection Regulation, or “GDPR”) to processes in the UK which EU law has no jurisdiction over, introduces the Law Enforcement Directive for policing and law enforcement powers, and sets out the data protection and privacy rules for the processing of personal data by the secret services (MI5, MI6 and GCHQ). It also provides a legislative “parking space” so that, if the UK leaves the EU, GDPR is copied and pasted into UK law (via the EU Withdrawal Bill) to maintain the same level of laws between the UK and the EU post-Brexit. This is important, because the EU needs to agree that UK laws are adequate in order to allow the continued flow of data between the UK and EU after Brexit.

The Bill arrived in the House of Commons from the House of Lords and, having passed second reading, it is now at committee stage. Here are some highlights of Darren’s 4th day on the committee (press play and the videos will skip to Darren’s appearances):

 

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Darren nominates local NHS Heroes for national awards

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has submitted a number of nominations to the NHS 70 Parliamentary Awards. In July 2018 the NHS will celebrate its 70th birthday. As a key part of the celebrations to mark this milestone, NHS England and NHS Improvement have established the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards.

The purpose of the awards is to celebrate 70 years of the NHS, identify and highlight innovative and high-quality care across every constituency in England, and thank staff for their dedication, hard work and commitment by recognising and honouring their achievements

Darren said:

“ I am incredibly proud of the work all of our NHS staff do in Bristol North West and across the city, it was difficult to narrow down some of the submissions I received but I’m delighted to have been able to make nominations in a wide range of categories. Whilst the national competition is bound to be a tight race, I’ve got my fingers crossed that at least some of our fantastic NHS services in Bristol make the final stage”.

 

Darren submitted the following nominations (click the links for more info about each nomination):

 

The Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award Southmead Hospital’s Emergency Dept
The Excellence in Cancer Care Award North Bristol NHS Trust Colorectal Cancer Team
The Care and Compassion Award Southmead Hospital’s End of Life Care Team
The Person-Centred Care Champion Award North Bristol Trust Hospital@Night Team
The Excellence in Mental Health Care Award InterAct Stroke Support @ Southmead Hospital