Posts

, , ,

Darren urges Government to do better on its commitments to human, workers and environmental rights

During the Free Trade bill reading, Darren called on the Government to avoid a race to the bottom when negotiating future Free Trade deals with other nations. Darren highlighted these future trade relationships as an opportunity create a coherent and modern industrial and economy strategy but warned that it must not come at the cost of weakening rights. Instead, future trade bills should set out clear declarations against human trafficking and for human rights, workers rights and environmental protection.

 

, , , ,

Darren elected Chair of BEIS Select Committee

On Wednesday, May 6th, Darren was elected by his fellow MPs in the House of Commons to chair the Business Environment and Industrial Strategy Select Committee. This was the first real usage of the new virtual Parliament online ballot and Darren ran a campaign that priorities cooperation and collaboration between MPs during the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

Speaking about his election victory Darren said:

, , , ,

Darren launches bid to be BEIS Chair

On April 14th, Darren launched his bid to become the new Chairperson of the Business Environment and Industrial Strategy select committee. Darren would be replacing the outgoing chair Rachel Reeves, who is now Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Darren has been a member of the BEIS Committee since 2018 and in that time has highlighted the key economic concerns of Bristol North West and stood up for environmental and worker standards nationally. As chair, Darren says he would continue to bolster the collaborative spirit of the select committee.

Writing about his bid in Politics Home, Darren said:

Looking ahead to this Parliament, the Committee has a full agenda: scrutinising government support for business through the pandemic; holding businesses to account for their treatment of workers; ensuring our net-zero policies effectively tackle climate change; making a success of Britain’s leadership of COP26; effectively scrutinising Government policy on energy infrastructure; and properly understanding the impact of technological change on work, training and skills.

But this isn’t just about me and what I think. It’s about the type of rigorous, professional and genuinely collaborative committee we can be together. The committee provides a service to the whole House, and to the country it serves. I am a team player and I will never use the chair for my own political purposes. If elected, I’ll ensure that every Committee member, regardless of party, is empowered to lead.

 

, ,

Darren highlights privacy concerns with NHSX’s Contact Tracing App

On Monday, April 27th, Darren questioned the CEO of NHSX, Matthew Gould, about privacy safeguarding and the use of Facial Recognition Technology. NHSX a government agency responsible for technology transformation, data and innovation in the National Health Service. NHSX has been tasked with developing a contact tracing app that could be used to ease national Coronavirus lockdown measures.

You can watch Darren’s questions here:

, ,

Darren backs a virtual parliament during the pandemic.

Darren joined a cross-party call for Parliament to return so that MPs can work together and scrutinise the Government’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The letter urges the House of Commons to work with the Parliamentary Digital Services to find a way of hosting a secure virtual parliament.

Update: Parliament returned from recess on Monday, April 20th in a semi-virtual format using a special version of Zoom to facilitate engagement.

You can read the letter that Darren co-signed here:

, , , , ,

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:

, , , ,

Darren demands support for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises hit by the Coronavirus

On March 21st, Darren called for proper support to be given to charities, social enterprises and the voluntary sector. Along with almost 250 MPs and Peers, Darren asked the chancellor to update the support offered for organisations impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic to include charities and other groups.

Update: On April 8th, the Chancellor outlined plans to support Charities and the 3rd sector with dedicated Coronavirus funds. Details here. Darren continues to push for a broader and more inclusive safety net for any charity or 3rd sector group affected by Coronavirus.