Your Voice in Parliament.
Working with forensic experts and civil liberty groups, I was able to pass my Private Members Bill on forensic science regulation through to the Committee stage in Parliament this September. This is a big step towards helping our police and modernising our criminal justice system.
After months of campaigning for updated COVID economic support, I was pleased to see the Chancellor rush forward new polices. But they aren’t enough. Big gaps still exist now Furlough support is ending. I’ll be putting my weight behind targeted sectoral and local lockdown support this Winter.
With new COVID cases on the rise nationally, we’re at a critical moment in Bristol. We must keep new cases down in our city. The only way to do that is to follow social distancing: wash your hands, wear a mask, stick to groups of six or lower and keep looking out for each other.
I know we are prepared and ready for whatever comes next. Our key workers, from emergency services and schools to our food networks and local businesses know what needs to be done and have worked tirelessly since the emergence of Coronavirus to keep us safe. Now, it’s our turn to protect them by following the rules to stop the spread of this virus. We need to keep working together to keep Bristol safe. In Parliament, I’m urgently pushing Government to fix Track and Trace, provide local lockdown support and get a grip on their communications.
We can’t afford to take our eye off the ball when it comes to Brexit either. It’s clear the Government hasn’t prepared for the no-deal Brexit it appears to want, and I’ve been deeply disturbed by the Prime Minister’s cavalier attitude to breaking international law. As I reminded the Prime Minister during the Internal Market debate, this isn’t about Leave or Remain, it’s about Britain’s reputation on the global stage. Yes, we must establish a new relationship with the EU now that Brexit is happening – so we can build back better, deliver on our net-zero ambitions and work with our allies on shared challenges – but this must happen from a place of shared trust and respect with our European neighbours and international partners.
Your Champion in Bristol.
Our Constituency Office has been working tirelessly as we’ve been the big increase in casework and policy enquiries carry over from the Summer. Right now, we’re prioritising casework and urgent questions about the Coronavirus. We’ll be welcoming some new staff on board so that we can maintain the high quality service you expect from us- but for the time being, if you have a question my stance on an issue, a national development or a local campaign the best way to ask is at my fortnightly Live Q&As and monthly Café Politics.
Not being able to see you all in person has made it a little harder to feel as connected to the hopes and concerns that you have for Bristol and the country. That’s why over the Autumn and Winter months, I’ll be hosting dedicated neighbourhood Virtual Town Halls for every neighbourhood in our constituency. I want to keep pushing on with local issues including how we best manage the Downs, deal with recurring issues like flies in Avonmouth, tackle speeding and anti-social behaviour, encourage greener neighbourhoods, and save our high-streets. These neighbourhood level chats will help me keep up with the issues important to you. You can register for your ticket here.
I will also be hosting a special Climate Assembly focused webchat soon to talk about the proposals put toward by people across the country to get to net-zero and how we can use this type of deliberative democracy to solve problems in Bristol. We’re aiming to do this on October 15th and I hope to have some special guests to announce soon. Watch this space…
I’d also encourage you to watch and share the video I made this summer with our key workers across Bristol. You can find this on my Facebook page at facebook.com/darrenjonesmp. It was a privilege to meet with so many key workers, and I know Bristol stands with me when I express my gratitude for their continued service.
Finally, of course, I’ll be continuing to hold regular phone-in surgeries if you need to raise a private issue with me. You can also reach me via email on email@example.com, write to me at the House of Commons or ring with an enquiry at 0117 9596545. Please know, even though we can’t meet in person as easily as before, my commitment to be your champion in Bristol and voice in Parliament is as strong as ever.