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Darren hosts the first virtual Café Politics

On Saturday, May 2nd, Darren hosted the first online edition of his popular Café Politics meet-ups. Normally, Café Politics is an opportunity to meet in a cafe in Bristol North West to discuss local and national issues with your MP and your neighbours.

Hosting this event online, using Zoom and Facebook Live, allowed more constituents than ever to take part.

Commenting on the record attendance, Darren said:

At times like this, it is more important than ever to talk about our issues and concerns as a community. That’s always the best way to come up with proper solutions to our challenges. I’ve missed hosting these meet-ups so I was touched to see such a great turn-out.

 

 

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Darren takes on lead MP role for the Bristol Economic Recovery Board

Darren met leaders of Bristol businesses, communities, third sector and academics to chart a course for the city’s economic recovery from the Coronavirus. Darren was asked to be the lead MP for the board by Mayor Marvin Reese and to advocate for Bristol in Westminster. The board was chaired by Deputy Mayor Cheney Craig and met for the first time on Tuesday, April 28th.

Speaking about their first meeting, Darren said:

I’ve had the privilege to listen to so many businesses, academic, third sector and community groups across Bristol already and pay thanks to Bristol Business Wes for their leadership. We’ve still got to get through this, but let’s be confident as we face the future together.

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Darren calls for further action on fly swarms during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Darren wrote the Environment Agency today calling for further action on the recurring and unpleasant increases in flies in Avonmouth and the surrounding areas.

This letter asks for an independent investigation into the causes of the annual spikes in fly populations in these areas. This is so a consensus can be reached between the groups responsible for finding solutions to this problem. The letter also calls for fly spray and paper to be provided for those people the at are self-isolating in the affected areas. Some of those staying at home are not able to get these supplies and are bearing the brunt of the flies.

 

 

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Colour in Bristol North West

To help make the second half of the Easter Holidays a bit cheerier, we’re running a little competition to colour in some of our great landmarks in North West Bristol.

To enter the competition, please send me your coloured-in pictures to darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk. The competition runs all of this week and ends on May 1st.

If you take a picture of your colourings and pop it on Facebook and tag me, I’ll do my best to leave a comment and a thumbs up too.

Thanks,

Darren Jones

Thank you to Ella Bryden (@ellabrydendesign) for the great illustrations of Avonmouth Bridge, the botanical gardens and Blaise Castle!

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Darren updates on postponement of May local elections

The Government has decided to postpone local councillor, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections in Bristol and the rest of the UK. The May elections would coincide with what is currently predicted to be a peak in the spread of the Coronavirus. As this is a scheduled event, and one that would normally involve lots of smaller events in the run-up, it is responsible to postpone until they can be held at the safest times.

The government has announced that May’s local and mayoral elections in England will be postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

It comes after the Electoral Commission said on Thursday the polls should be delayed until the autumn to “mitigate” the impact of the virus.

The polling watchdog had said there were “growing risks” to the delivery of the polls, due on 7 May.

Ten people have died with the virus, with 798 cases confirmed UK-wide.

Downing Street said it would be impractical to go ahead with the elections as planned, as they would come during the peak of the spread of the virus.

Local elections were due to take place for around 118 English councils, the London Assembly, the Mayor of London and seven English regional mayors.

Voting has also been due to take place in both England and Wales for police and crime commissioners.

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Darren gives update on team working-arrangements to prepare for Coronavirus

As the Coronavirus develops, businesses and teams will need to adapt so they can play their part in preventing the spread of the virus. Darren has outlined how his team are preparing for Coronavirus at this stage. The goal is to maintain a consistent full-time level of support throughout the development of the Coronavirus, although the constituency office response time may be longer at times.

As always, to find out information about the Coronavirus please go to the dedicated NHS 111 service.

Darren writes:

Dear constituent –

My first priority is to serve and represent residents across Bristol North West with personal, local and national issues.

As the COVID-19 pandemic develops, I want to take precautions in order to maintain our service delivery from both my Bristol and Westminster offices.

I have therefore asked my staff to work from home and there will be a pause in the events I regularly host, such as my coffee mornings and pub politics.

This means that we will be a little slower in responding to post and telephone calls due to re-direction. We will otherwise continue as normal but please bear with us, especially if we too suffer from illness within the team in the coming months.

If the situation continues to develop, I will look to host more online and telephone based briefings with constituents to ensure that you are as briefed as possible on wider local and national issues, as well as COVID-19.

In the meantime, I am keeping an updated COVID-19 FAQ page on my website which you can read here. You can also receive regular updates from my Facebook page, which you can follow here.

If you have symptoms or concerns related to COVID-19 you should firstly visit the NHS website. If this doesn’t answer your question, or if you don’t have access to the internet, you should call the NHS on 111. Please do *not* go to your GP surgery or A&E in person if you think you might have COVID-19 symptoms (i.e a dry cough, temperature and/or sore chest).

You can continue to contact me and my office on e-mail at darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk, whether about COVID-19 or not, and we will continue to do all that we can to help you.

Please follow the latest NHS guidance and look out for your neighbours.

With best wishes

Darren

Darren Jones MP
Member of Parliament, Bristol North West