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Darren Argues for a Green Recovery

We need a fiscal stimulus in people, as well as infrastructure, as we transition to a more sustainable, inclusive and productive economy.

Read Darren’s article for The Times Redbox published on July 6th in advance of the Chancellor’s summer statement. In it, Darren makes the argument for a green recovery that prioritises investment in skills and jobs.

Read the full article here on Medium here. Or at The Times here.

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Darren calls on Chancellor to support dental practices suffering during the Coronavirus.

This week, Darren wrote to Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor, in support of the thousands of high-street dentists and local practices impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. According to the British Dental Association (BDA) over 70% of practices will struggle to survive past the summer under current conditions.

While these practices perform a vital public health service, many do not qualify for the support offered by the Treasury to businesses and other organisations. Darren’s letter calls for proper support to be given to the dental industry including the fast-tracking of CIBL support, an extension of business rate relief to these practices, and dedicated grants offered to high-street dentists.

You can read Darren’s letter to the Chancellor here:

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Darren shares feedback with Council about the YTL Arena.

Darren Jones MP has written to the Bristol City Council Democratic Services team to request a statement is read at the next planning meeting for the YTL Meeting.

Darren says

Following feedback from my constituents about the proposed YTL Arena, I ask that a full transport assessment and plan is published. The proposal for an arena has been met with great interest by myself and my constituents, I hope that details on how the arena will impact local life will be published in an accessible and transparent format.

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Darren calls for strategic investment in local transport

Writing in his regular column for the Bristol Post, Darren welcomed investment in orbital bus services, segregated bike lanes, and passenger train services in Bristol North West.

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Watch: Darren calls out snap election trap

Reflecting on Boris Johnson’s attempt to force an early election through the House of Commons, Bristol North West MP Darren Jones said:

“I’m all for an election once no-deal has definitively been taken off the table, but to agree to one now would hand Boris Johnson a blank cheque to take Britain over the cliff-edge without a Parliament to stop him. I won’t walk into that trap.”

Watch: Darren makes case for a family-friendly Parliament

Despite progress in recent years, Parliament too often feels like a workplace stuck in the last century. It remains an unforgiving environment for working parents, and – as Darren argued in a debate this afternoon – we should be moving forward now with commonsense reforms like expanding proxy voting.

Darren voices support for trans rights

On the International Trans Day of Visibility, Darren posted the below photo on Facebook with the following message:

You shouldn’t have to be courageous simply to be yourself. Today is the day to show support for a world where all trans people are safe to be themselves.

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Darren asks Tories to take action on Boris Johnson’s sex abuse comments

Following Boris Johnson’s comments calling money spent on investigations into historic sex abuse money ‘spaffed up the wall’, Darren signed a letter to the Tory party chairman asking him if the party would be taking action.

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Darren pledges to be HealthTech savvy

Darren has pledged to be HealthTech Savvy.

Writing on Facebook, he said:

There is life outside of Brexit! Here I am pledging to become HealthTech Savvy. The HealthTech sector employs 100,000 people and generates nearly £18bn in annual turnover, and plays a key role in supporting the NHS to deliver care.

Darren questions social media firms over young mental health

As part of his work on the Science and Technology Committee, Darren questioned representatives of Social Media firms over what they were doing to protect children’s mental health. He focused on how regulation and other tools could address the content which can cause damage to young mental health.

Darren was speaking to Karim Palant, UK Public Policy Manager, Facebook, Claire Lilley, Europe, the Middle East and Africa lead on Child Safety, Google UK, and Sinead McSweeney, Vice-President of Public Policy and Communications for Europe, the Middle East and Africa region, Twitter.