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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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Bristol Public Transport Darren Jones Bus Trains MP Investment Eco

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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.

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Science and Technology Committee Highlights

 

The hearing concerned genomics and genome editing in the NHS. Genomics is the branch of molecular biology concerned with the structure, function, evolution, and mapping of genomes. Genome editing is a type of genetic engineering in which DNA is inserted, deleted or replaced in the genome of a living organism using engineered nucleases, or “molecular scissors”.

The first set of witnesses consisted of Dr Hilary Burton, Consultant in Public Health, PHG Foundation, Professor Sian Ellard, Clinical Programme Director, South West NHS Genomic Medicine Centre, and Fiona Murphy, Director, National Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland, and Member of the Scottish Genomes Partnership.

The second set of witnesses consisted of Lord O’Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health, Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, and Professor Patrick Chinnery, Professor of Neurology, Cambridge University.

The below question concerned the pricing for commercial enterprises to access NHS held genome data.

Darren Jones MP asks the Government about Brexit’s effect on health funding

Darren asked:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on forecasted funding for his Department in the event that the UK leaves the EU and only operates as a member of the WTO in its trading relationship with the EU.

Philip Dunne, a Minister of State for the Department of Health, replied:

The Government has already said that it is in the process of carrying out a programme of rigorous and extensive analytical work across departments. This programme will contribute to our exit negotiations with the European Union and inform our understanding of how EU exit will affect the United Kingdoms’s domestic policies and frameworks. This Department’s interests will fully be considered as part of this process.

In the negotiations with the EU, the Government will prioritise securing the freest and most frictionless trade possible in goods and services between the UK and the EU. We want to see zero tariffs on trade in goods and to minimise the regulatory and market access barriers for both goods and services.

The Government is committed to ensuring leaving the EU is a success for the health and social care sector as well as the UK as a whole.

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