Your Voice in Parliament.
Parliament is back. Between now and Christmas, we will grapple with the biggest challenges our country has faced in peacetime: a recession like no other, gaps in the Government’s Track and Trace strategy, a continuing climate emergency and a potential no-deal Brexit. As your representative in Parliament, my duty to ensure your voice is heard as we make our way through this difficult time together.
By listening to the right voices and being honest about the scale of the task ahead, we can be proactive about the challenges we face and build back a better Britain. I’ve used the Summer recess to meet with a diverse range of essential workers from across Bristol. Over the past weeks, I’ve met with teachers, food-bank volunteers, ambulance responders, firefighters, police officers, supermarket and distribution workers, independent businesses and more. Each has played a role in helping Bristol and the UK respond to the Coronavirus and their expertise will be essential as we strive to keep case numbers down and re-grow the economy.
Outside of Bristol, I’ve met with workers, union reps and management in the automotive and aerospace sectors. In the coming months, I intend to have further meetings with representatives of the industries and sectors that power our economy in the South West and throughout the UK. Each sector will need different support to recover and retain jobs, and I will continue to push for proper, targeted sectoral support to protect jobs in Bristol and beyond ahead of the most important Autumn budget in recent history.
I’m also really excited to be leading the launch of the Climate Change Citizens Assembly – which I’ll share with you in the coming weeks.
Finally, my Private Members Bill will also reach what’s called ‘second reading’. My Bill will be calling for a new forensic science regulator so our justice system is better equipped to deal with modern crime. I am determined to make the most of this opportunity as an opposition MP to write legislation and especially when all Government eyes are on internal scandal, Brexit controversy and Coronavirus u-turns. More on this soon.
We face real challenges ahead, and I am ready and prepared. If you want to get in touch about any of these issues, please know you can always reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org or at my House of Commons office in Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Your Champion in Bristol.
I always look forward to the Summer as a chance to get away from Westminster and get back to meeting with constituents across Bristol North West. Social distancing meant I couldn’t connect in the same way as usual, so instead, I’ve been meeting with frontline and essential workers from across Bristol to thank them for their hard work in keeping us safe and preparing for the months ahead. I’m putting together a video highlighting the exceptional work carried out by our diverse network of essential workers that I hope to share with you soon.
For this year’s NHS Parliament Awards, I’ve enjoyed the honour of submitting seven nominations recognising the fantastic work carried out by individuals and teams working in our health and social care services. Last year, Southmead Hospital was awarded a win in the Wellbeing at Work category and I have my fingers crossed to see our exceptional NHS workers shortlisted again. You’ll be able to learn more about our nominees this year by following me on Facebook as I post summaries of their contributions to our community and the NHS.
Building on my work coordinating Bristol’s economic response to the Coronavirus induced recession, I’ll be meeting with groups, like The Women’s Work Lab, that focus on helping people find high-quality, future proof jobs in Bristol. This follows the emergency Jobs Summit that I hosted with Bristol MPs, the Mayor, key employers and trade unions. Bristol North West’s workers, businesses and employers all contribute to the wider health of the UK economy but we need targeted support to protect livelihoods and build back better.
Finally, this is a time of change in Bristol and the lockdown has given us a fresh perspective on how we get around the city. Travel West has launched an engagement window about improving the travel corridor that follows Bus Route 2 that connects our constituency to Bristol city centre and Cribbs Causeway. Given the previous problems, I’m pleased to see this early and open style of consultation. If you haven’t already, you have until this Friday, September 11th, to contribute ideas via my website darren-jones.co.uk/travel-west. Or, to request a paper copy, please contact Travel West on 07775115909 with your name and contact details.