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Darren champions Bowel Cancer Awareness

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has championed the need for earlier diagnosis and treatment of Bowel Cancer as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

This follows Darren’s joint letter to government, ahead of the release of last year’s NHS 10 Year Plan in November,  calling on them to back Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to ensure bowel cancer is diagnosed quickly so patients have access to treatment and the highest possible chance of beating the disease.

Darren said:

“Every 15 minutes in the UK somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it affects us all. Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. This doesn’t just impact the person diagnosed, it affects families, friends and colleagues, doctors and nurses, scientists and researchers – that’s millions of people. We need everyone affected to take action to create real hope, now and for the future.

That’s why I’m working in Parliament to ensure bowel cancer is diagnosed quickly so patients have access to treatment and the highest possible chance of beating the disease: 

Join me by supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month via:www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/“.

To follow Darren’s work on health click here.

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Darren welcomes plans to ban ‘no fault’ evictions

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West,  has welcomed news of the government’s plan to ban Section 21, known as ‘no fault’ evictions.

Darren said:

“I am committed to strengthening tenants’ rights and I support the abolition of the current system of ‘no fault’ evictions. For many of the 4.7 million private renting households in England, the risk of being evicted by a section 21 notice casts a looming shadow of insecurity. While the majority of landlords are good landlords and most understand the expectations upon them, some rogue landlords and letting agents undermine the good work of the rest of the sector and give it a bad name. More needs to be done to make tenancies more secure and to ensure that homes are decent and affordable – overhauling Section 21 is a great start.

 Private tenants need clear and positive action and that is why I support a consumer rights revolution for renters to bring private renting into the twenty-first century. The Labour Party has long-campaigned to scrap Section 21, give renters greater security with a three-year cap on rent rises and introduce new legal minimum standards. This would be supported by introducing tougher fines for those who fail to meet minimum standards, with those fines funding local authority enforcement work.

Already this week alone, my office has heard from two constituents being evicted with only 8 weeks notice – they have no rent arrears and some tenants find they face eviction after asking for legitimate repairs – yet they get almost no protection from short-notice evictions under the current Section 21 process.

With ever-rising private rents, thousands on the housing waiting lists and cuts to welfare benefits, it has been clear to me that ‘no fault’ evictions have pushed many people into hostels, sofa surfing, van dwelling and street homelessness. I am glad the government have finally realised tenants deserve better protection, but it really shouldn’t have taken this long!

I will continue to press the Government at every opportunity to abolish Section 21 and reform the private rented sector to address the imbalance of power between tenants and landlords“.

You can follow Darren’s work on housing here.

 

 

 

Vacancy: Campaigns and Research Assistant (Westminster)

Closing Date: 24 April 2019

Job Title: Campaigns and Research Assistant

Working For: Darren Jones MP

Location: London

Salary: IPSA Guidelines (Research 2) (London)

Job Details

Darren Jones MP, Member of Parliament for Bristol North West, is recruiting for a full time Campaigns and Research Assistant based in his Westminster Office.

Main duties will include:

• Undertaking research and writing speeches, reports and briefing notes on a range of issues;
• Collaborating with the constituency office on constituency campaigns and linking constituency work with Westminster processes (such as the use of parliamentary questions);
• Keeping up to date and assisting with Parliamentary bills, legislation, debates and questions;
• Assisting with work undertaken on the Science and Technology and European Scrutiny select committees;
• Assisting with work undertaken in APPGs and other project specific groups;
• Helping manage the Westminster diary;
• Helping respond to correspondence and enquiries to the Westminster office; and
• Providing generalist admin support, including having oversight of compliance issues such as declarations of interest.

Required Skills

• The successful applicant will have a strong record of research and excellent communications skills, including writing articles, breifings and reports;
• The ability to produce work of a high standard, often under pressure and to tight deadlines;
• Excellent time-management skills and the ability to prioritise own workload;
• A self-starter with the ability to work independently and also as part of a small team across two offices;
• Strong interpersonal skills;
• Previous Parliamentary experience is preferred but not essential;
• Experience in one or more of the following policy areas: technology, climate change, modern slavery and/or international relations;
• A keen interest in politics and current affairs.

Please note that some travelling between Westminster and Bristol will be required.

Darren Jones MP welcomes applications from candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. He is happy to consider job sharing applications.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO)page for further info.

Closing Date: 24 April 2019

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be held in Westminster on Friday 26th April. The successful applicant will start as soon as possible.

Application Details

To apply, please send your CV and a one page covering letter to sam.taylor@parliament.uk no later than midnight on the closing date. Where applicable, please include links to examples of your work.

Darren votes in indicative votes

Darren has voted in two rounds of indicative Brexit votes across the last few days. Indicative Votes are Parliament’s chance to have its say on Brexit. Below you can see, in chronological order,  Darren’s explanations for how he voted on each occasion, with accompanying photo:

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‪Tonight I voted for a public vote and to revoke to avoid a no deal Brexit. As a compromise, I voted to give indicative support for credible single market+customs union options. ‬

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***Indicative Votes II*** Tonight, I voted for a public vote and to revoke Article 50 to avoid a No Deal. I also supported Ken Clarke’s Customs Union as a minimum motion. Last week, I abstained on Common Market 2.0 and I did the same tonight.

I still think Common Market 2.0 is pointless: we stay and pay but have no say. We may as well stay in the EU. I was also concerned to hear that Boles said it didn’t need an extension to implement and, unlike the Clarke motion, it didn’t require it in WA as well as PD.

That’s relevant because any attempt to add the outcome of an indicative vote to the political declaration alone means the PM can bring MV4 with an updated but non-binding political declaration and ignore a public vote.

I would only support Common Market 2.0 if it was put to a public vote. Because of this risk, and because I wasn’t convinced that we were getting enough votes in return for PV, I decided to be consistent with my votes last week.

I couldn’t take the risk of being out manoeuvred on securing a public vote.

 

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 highlights link between Climate Change and Extreme Weather

In the House of Commons, Darren asked a Minister what the Government was doing to ensure international collaboration on climate change in light of this link.

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 praises Bristol Charity and calls for action on Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Darren spoke on the need for interventions to help prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences. He also praised the work of the Southmead Project in this area.

Darren condemns PM’s ‘MPs v. the People’ speech

Writing on Facebook, Darren responded to the PM’s speech in which she sought to set the public against MPs:

Not only is the Prime Minister dangerously delusional but she’s now become a right wing populist: putting parliament “in the way” of the people.

As your MP I have done nothing but try and get the best outcome for our part of the world, for our country and in line with the clear majority view of the people I represent.

At a time of enormous political tensions, created by the quite possibly the worst Prime Minister we’ve ever had, she’s added dangerous rhetoric to the populist’s arguments.

I get very little abuse or threats, although a few constituents have had visits from the police following threats made to me, but many of my colleagues are having an awful time.

This Brexit disaster is putting the very foundations of our country at risk of collapse. Regardless of our views on the best way forward we should now remember how much we value tolerance, freedom of speech, the rule of law and our democratic system.

The Prime Minister has become an authoritarian hostage to the preservation of her own deluded righteousness. But we don’t live in a dictatorship. We live in a country with collective Cabinet decision making and proper accountability by Parliament.

The Prime Minister has lost the plot. The Cabinet must force her hand or force her out. Parliament must take the reigns. And the British people must have the final say.