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Darren speaks to BBC News about Brexit risk to Airbus UK

Airbus have today stated that they ‘require immediate details’ on what they will need to do as a consequence of Brexit, as ‘without these, Airbus believes that the impacts on our UK operations could be significant’. They’ve also specifically stated that a No Deal Brexit or an overly short transition period could impact their business in Britain.

Darren spoke to BBC about what this could mean for Bristol, and what the government needed to do to fix the situation.

 

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Darren gets response from government on rectal mesh review

Currently, the forthcoming healthcare review covering vaginal mesh does not cover rectal mesh, which has similarly affected women. That includes many who were treated at Southmead Hospital. Darren recently wrote to the government to make it clear that he thinks that this is wrong. You can read the full letter Darren sent here.

Here is the reply Darren received from Lord O’Shaughnessy:

 

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Watch Darren ask business and third sector representatives about post-Brexit visas

The Science and Technology committee, which Darren is a member of, held a one off evidence session on post-Brexit immigration arrangements. The session was set up to help the committee develop proposals for an immigration system which works for science and innovation.

The witnesses were from a range of bodies, including techUK (the main trade body for technology companies in the UK), the Wellcome Trust (a health research charity) and the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

Darren asked them about which non-EEA countries we should focus on getting visa arrangements in place with.

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Darren speaks about Obesity and Brexit on ITV

Darren appeared on this topical debate show with Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP for Totnes and Lib Dem Peer Baroness Judith Jolly, who’s from North Cornwall.

The topics of debate were obesity and Brexit. This was because Dr Sarah Wollaston and Darren both sit on committees which had recently done work on addressing obesity, and moreover nearly 20,000 year six pupils in the West Country are obese – illustrating a growing epidemic. Brexit is always in the news, but this week it was particularly important as it was time to consider the Lords’ amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Darren discussed his work on the Science and Technology Committee, and what the government could do to tackle obesity. He then discussed his own position on Brexit, and what he would like to see in a Brexit deal if Brexit does happen.

You can watch the full episode here.

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Darren asks for government for guarantees over Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce employ 3,000 people in Bristol. This week, they announced 4,600 job cuts, some of which will be in Bristol. Darren wrote to Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ask how he was going to help strengthen the Aerospace industry, including Rolls Royce, in the future.

Darren wrote:

Dear the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

 

Aerospace and the Industrial Strategy

 

3,000 people work at Rolls Royce Bristol, located to the North of Bristol North West.

Today, it was announced that 3,000 UK Rolls Royce employees will lose their jobs, including 1,500 by the end of the year. Some of these will be in Bristol.  Today, many of my constituents will be worried about their and their families’ future.

On 27 November 2017, you announced an Industrial Strategy which you said would ‘make the most of our untapped potential’ and bring ‘good jobs and greater earning power for all’. Aerospace is at the heart of this strategy. A sector deal forms part of a promise to ‘support our strong aerospace industry’, including to ‘anchor’ Rolls-Royce.

Since then, there have been some relevant developments.  Airbus has said that they might leave the country. GKN have been taken over and is likely to be split up. And it is increasingly likely UK firms will be shut out of Galileo contracts in the future on the basis that non-EU member states are banned from defence and security contracts. It is clear that the Government’s Industrial Strategy is failing to support and grow the UK aerospace sector, and that defence as well as civilian jobs are at risk.

57,000 people in the South West work in the aerospace supply chain. Will you please give them reassurance by explaining what you are doing to get the Industrial Strategy back on track, and what will you do to ensure UK remains able to trade competitively and efficiently after Brexit?

 

Kind regards,

Darren Jones MP, Member of Parliament for Bristol North West

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Darren votes on EU withdrawal bill amendments

This week, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which decides how we will leave the EU – if we do – came back to the House of Commons. The House of Lords had added amendments including for EEA membership and a meaningful vote in Parliament on the final deal. The Commons was asked to vote on these. Darren wrote a letter to constituents, published on Facebook, explaining how he would vote. You can read the letter here.

 

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Darren asks experts about Energy Drinks

The Science and Technology Committee are currently holding an inquiry into energy drinks. They are looking at the effect of these drinks on health, particularly of young people and children.

Darren asked a board of academics, dietitians and a representative from a teachers union about this issue. He focused on the advertising of energy drinks, and how this might affect their consumption.

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Watch Darren on BBC Sunday Politics West

Today, Darren was on BBC Sunday Politics West, appearing as a studio guest alongside Conservative MP for Wells James Heappy. He was asked about Brexit, energy and transport.

Firstly, Darren was asked about his views on Brexit. He took the opportunity to restate his commitment to mitigating the effects of Brexit as far as possible.

In relation to energy, the government’s recent decision to fund a new nuclear power station with public money was discussed. Darren said that  more money needed to go into renewable energy sources, like wind and tidal energy.

Darren then spoke about the need for better transport in North Bristol. He highlighted, in particular, the need for better road networks owing to new developments in the area – which could come from a £50m fund which North Bristol will need if the Bristol Arena is situated there.

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Darren writes to government about PIP for young cancer patients

For the first three months of their diagnosis, young cancer patients aren’t allowed PIP benefits. This is despite the fact that PIP is meant to help people with the costs of serious illness or disability. Darren wrote to the Government minister responsible to ask her to review this.

You can read the full letter here:

 

Dear Minister,

 

RE: Please review PIP for young cancer patients so they get financial support backdated from the day of diagnosis

I am writing to you on behalf of my constituents, to ask you to take action to review Personal Independence Payments (PIP) for young cancer patients so that they get the financial support they are entitled to backdated from the day of their diagnosis.

Every year in the UK over 4,000 children and young people under 25 are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer costs from day one. The first three months of treatment for young cancer patients are a difficult and expensive time,  as treatment starts immediately and is often a long way from home. CLIC Sargent’s #Cancercosts research found that young people are spending an average of £360 a month during active cancer treatment.

However, young cancer patients currently have to wait three months before they can apply to the Government for PIP, the benefit designed to help with the cost of an illness or disability. It’s not right that young cancer parents can’t access the financial support they are entitled to, at the time when they most desperately need it.

I would be grateful if your Department could review PIP for young cancer patients so that they get financial support backdated from the day of diagnosis.

I look forward to hearing your response.

 

Yours sincerely,

Darren Jones MP

Darren signs letter on Child Sexual Exploitation

Darren has signed a joint, cross-party letter from MPs concerned about the scale of child sexual exploitation. It is addressed to the government, and calls on them to take some specified actions which will help tackle child abuse.

Writing on Facebook, Darren said:

At the moment, 15% of girls and 5% of boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before 16. That’s why I’ve added my name to a cross-party letter calling for the Government to do more to tackle this.

We need more support focused on proactive prevention alongside police forces across the country working together.

You can read the full letter below:

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