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Darren votes for government to release Windrush scandal documents

The government have been trying to deport UK citizens. Members of the Windrush generation, who came to Britain from the Commonwealth before 1971 and were granted UK citizenship, have been threatened with deportation because they couldn’t find the right documents from when they moved to Britain.

What’s more, the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy, designed to make life difficult for anyone even suspected of being an illegal immigrant, will have harmed the Windrush generation.

This is because it takes benefits, housing, NHS treatment and bank account access from anyone whom the Home Office thinks can’t find the right documents.

Darren voted for the release of government documents relating to the deportation of the Windrush generation. The government voted against this.

You can read the full motion below:

That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, that she will be graciously pleased to give directions that the following papers be provided to the Home Affairs Committee: all papers, correspondence and advice including emails and text messages, from 11 May 2010 up to and including 1 May 2018, to and between Ministers, senior officials and Special Advisers relating to policy decisions including on the Immigration Acts 2014 and 2016 with regard the Windrush generation cases, including deportations, detentions and refusal of re-entry, the setting of deportation and removal targets and their effect on the Windrush generation, and action taken within Government following the concerns raised by Caribbean Governments with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office including the original decision by the Prime Minister not to meet Caribbean Heads of Government and officials, and all copies of minutes and papers relating to the Cabinet’s Immigration Implementation Taskforce.

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Darren thanks Bristol Firefighters

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has pledged his continued support to Firefighters on the second annual Firefighters’ Memorial Day.

Darren said:

“ Tomorrow (4th May) is Firefighter’s Memorial Day – at midday across the UK fire stations will fall silent for one minute to honour the memory of 2,524 firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Many other thousands will have been seriously injured performing their duty.

This memorial day, in its second year, is a hugely important tribute to some of our most-valued public servants. I will be attending my weekly surgery tomorrow morning but all firefighters will be in my thoughts. I would also like to thank all of the firefighters across Bristol for their courage, conviction and sense of care to others – each one should be proud of their work and the help they give others in often the most demanding, dangerous and stressful of circumstances”.

You can read more about Firefighters Memorial Day here.

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Darren votes to improve anti-tax avoidance measures in the Sanctions and Anti Money Laundering Bill

Darren voted on this bill, which will decide the rules for government action on sanctions and against money laundering. Money laundering is where illegally gained money is harboured so as to make it look like it was legally gained.

Darren voted for the following changes to the bill, which were rejected by the government.

  • To create a public register of beneficial ownership information for companies and other legal entities outside of the UK that own or buy UK property, or bid for UK government contracts, within 12 months.
  • To ensure that when a company is formed in the UK, the relevant formation services must identify the beneficial owners of the company. It will also treat Companies House as a “company formation agent”, ensuring that the data on the public register of beneficial ownership for companies is accurate.
  • To remove paragraph 2(a) from Clause 48, which enables the appropriate Minister to amend, repeal or revoke enactments for regulations under section 1 or 44 using Henry VIII powers.

 

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Darren supports the UK staying in the Customs Union

Darren was in Parliament today to support the UK staying in the Customs Union. He supported the following motion:

That this House notes that the EU is the UK’s largest export market for goods, accounting
for a total of £145bn of exports and £241bn of imports in 2016; further notes the
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Government’s expressed aim to secure the freest and most frictionless possible trade
in goods between the UK and the EU after 29 March 2019; notes the importance of
frictionless trade without tariffs, customs or border checks for manufacturers and
businesses across the country who trade with the EU; further notes that the free
circulation of goods on the island of Ireland is a consequence of the UK’s and Republic
of Ireland’s membership of the EU Customs Union; in addition notes the Government’s
commitment to (i), in the UK-EU joint report on progress during phase 1 of the Article 50
negotiations, the maintenance of North-South cooperation and the all-island economy
on the island of Ireland, (ii) the Belfast Agreement implemented in the Northern Ireland
Act 1998 remaining a fundamental principle of public policy and (iii) the continuation
of unfettered access for Northern Ireland’s businesses to the whole of the UK internal
market; and therefore calls on the Government to include as an objective in negotiations
on the future relationship between the UK and the EU the establishment of an effective
customs union between the two territories.

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Darren asks Government to get guarantees on GKN

GKN is a large firm which has just been taken over by Melrose, who have a record of liquidating firms.

GKN have two sites in the Bristol area, both of which are related to their Aerospace division. Melrose have guaranteed that they won’t sell off this part of the business for five years. But other Aerospace businesses based in the UK reliant on GKN’s presence say that they need this guarantee to be over five years, so they can plan ahead.

Watch what  Darren said, and what the Government had to say in reply, below:

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Darren calls for plastic waste legislation

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has called for additional legalisation to reduce plastic pollution and protect the environment following yesterday’s (26/4/18) announcement of a Plastic Pact between businesses and government. Darren has already backed the Plastic Free Parliament campaign, called for a reduction in supermarket waste and supported the creation of a protected Blue Belt Marine reserve.

Darren said:

“It’s great news that 40 big businesses have pledged to cut their plastic waste over the next 7 years – but the duty to protect our environment from plastic can’t solely rely on businesses goodwill.

The government must urgently legislate to cut plastic pollution and protect our environment. Businesses must also pledge to reduce their plastic waste as soon as they can – rather than aim to do so by an arbitrary deadline”.

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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.