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£50m North Bristol Transport Fund

Bristol MP calls for new £50m North Bristol Transport Fund

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones is calling on the Metro Mayor for the West of England Tim Bowles to commit at least £50m to a new Transport Fund for North Bristol. His campaign follows confirmation from Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees that the Bristol Arena could move from Temple Quay to the Brabazon Hangar in North Bristol.

Commenting, Darren said:

“We’re in desperate need of transport funding in North Bristol but we’re going to have to wait years for any new money from national Government. With so many new houses and now the potential for the Bristol Arena in North Bristol we must bring that funding forward now.”

“That’s why I’m calling on the Metro Mayor to fund a North Bristol Transport Fund with at least £50 million of new funding. If Bristol City Council decides to move the Bristol Arena to North Bristol, which is likely to attract private sector funding, then public sector funds should be diverted to vital transport upgrades instead. This must happen before massive developments in North Bristol open to the public.”

Darren has launched a public petition to back his campaign, which can be signed at www.darren-jones.co.uk/arena or by clicking here

Darren calls for Houses of Parliament to be retired

Darren said, as quoted in the Bristol Post;

I think quite frankly we should just move out and give it over to the National Trust and have a building that is fit for purpose… I think we should move out completely and turn it into an attraction, make sure it is fit for purpose but actually put us in a new modern building that sets a new tone, that is more family friendly in its hours – but that doesn’t have a pub in it.

I don’t know any other workplace that has a pub in it. I don’t know why there are pubs in Parliament.

 

 

 

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Gender Pay Gap

Darren Jones MP names and shames Bristol employers who pay men more than women.

In January 2018, the Government published information about the gender pay gap: the difference that men are paid to women.

Labour passed the Equalities Act in Government which made it clear: men and women should get equal pay for equal work. Yet many organisations are failing to do that, with conscious or unconscious bias in appointments, promotions and pay between men and women. This is unacceptable and must stop.

Today, Darren Jones MP has written to organisations on the list of published offenders that employ people in Bristol to call them out, and ask what they’re doing to fix the problem. This is part of wider work being done by Darren to eradicate modern slavery and unethical work from Bristol. The  list includes prominent Bristol employers such as the BBC, day nursery Mama Bears, Rolls Royce and Wessex Bus.

Darren said:

There is no excuse for employers who pay men more than women for the same work. And to respond saying that women aren’t in senior positions misses the point entirely. For whatever reason, women continue to get paid less than men for doing exactly the same job. It’s time to call that out publically and I encourage women to raise it with their employers, and to ask what is being done to fix the problem. They have my full support in doing so.

Here is the list of organisations thought to employ people in Bristol, who pay men more than women:

  • Accenture (16.7% gap)
  • Arup (17.4% gap)
  • Baker Tilly (14.8% gap)
  • BBC (10.7% gap)
  • BDO (18.3% gap)
  • Capgemini (19.4% gap)
  • Clydesdale Bank (37% gap)
  • CMS Cameron McKenna (17.3% gap)
  • Coral Racing (14% gap)
  • Crown Prosecution Services / CPS (10.6% gap)
  • Deloitte (17% gap)
  • Ernst and Young (19.7% gap)
  • Europa Worldwide Logistics (19% gap)
  • First Wessex (15.1% gap)
  • Fujitsu (16.7% gap)
  • Hayley Group (18.6% gap)
  • HSE (22.9% gap)
  • Ladbrokes (15% gap)
  • Land Registry (33.3% gap)
  • Mama Bears (27.5% gap)
  • Ministry of Defence (12.5% gap)
  • NHS Digital (16.1% gap)
  • Rolls-Royce (6.3-11.1% gap)
  • Shell UK (18-31.5% gap)
  • The Coop Bank (30.3% gap)
  • TSB Bank (31% gap)

This list is based on national figures, excludes a 10% +/- range (not that a pay gap of less than 10% is an excuse!) and where there are various subsidiaries a range has been included.

And here is the letter Darren has sent to each of them:

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Darren votes for possibility of UK Customs Union membership

Darren has been voting and attending debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Today he voted for an amendment which would allow continuing UK Customs Union membership to be possible.

Darren said:

Just voted for my colleagues amendment to keep the Customs Union on the table. Vital for import and export of goods in and from Bristol North West. A jobs first amendment!

 You can see the full amendment below:
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You can view Darren’s full voting record,  including all of his votes in relation to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, here – http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?id=uk.org.publicwhip/member/41586&showall=yes.

Darren votes for UK single market membership

Darren has been voting and attending debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. He voted for the UK to remain part of the single market post Brexit.

He said:

I’ve taken two breaks from #paternityleave this week to vote on Brexit Bill amendments, including in favour of the Single Market and – as a crunch vote tonight – for a meaningful vote in Parliament before the proposed date the UK leaves the EU. I’ve always said I’ll vote against a Hard Brexit in order to protect jobs at home, and will continue to do so (even where amendments are cross party).

You can view Darren’s entire voting record, including other votes on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, here – http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?id=uk.org.publicwhip/member/41586&showall=yes.

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Darren calls for family friendly work practices in parliament

Darren said:

Cultures need to move on. One of the things I’m doing in the New Year is looking at how we make businesses more family-friendly because a lot of businesses see it as a woman’s role to look after the children. There are so many men who cannot get the shared paternity leave they are entitled to.

Timings in parliament are not family-friendly at all. My work is never done, but if everything is wrapped up for the day, I can take the decision to go home, cook and have a family life – I would much rather do that than hang around in the pub.

You can read the full article here:

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 writes to Digital Minister to call for stronger cyber security regulations

Following the Uber hack and loss of 57m data records, Darren wrote to Digital Minister Matt Hancock calling for extended cyber security regulations for essential digital services.

Read Darren’s full letter here:

 

Science and Technology Committee – 21st of November

The hearing subject was research integrity.

The first set of witnesses was: Professor David Hand, Royal Statistical Society, Dr Damian Pattinson, Vice President of Publishing Innovation, Research Square, and Wendy Appleby, Registrar and Head of Student & Registry Services, University College London.

The second set of witnesses was: Dr Trish Groves, Director of Academic Outreach, BMJ, Dr Elizabeth Moylan, Senior Editor for Peer Review Strategy and Innovation, BioMedCentral (representing the Committee on Publication Ethics), Catriona Fennell, Director of Publishing Services, Elsevier (representing The Publishers Association), and Dr Alyson Fox, Director of Grants Management, Wellcome Trust.