February 2019: News From Your Local MP
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Your Voice in Parliament
THE Brexit saga continues. In recent weeks, I met with the Prime Minister to feedback the concerns of local people in Bristol North West and, specifically, to highlight the impact a “no deal” Brexit would have on local businesses and jobs. Whilst the Prime Minister listened carefully, she then proceeded to say that she wouldn’t rule out “no deal” (even though everyone agrees it would be a disaster) and said that I needed to vote for her Brexit proposals instead.
So for all of the noise, and the theatre of recent votes in the House of Commons, we still haven’t made much progress. The Prime Minister is seeking to amend her proposals to try and bring back her own MPs to support her whilst the rest of us are trying to find ways for Parliament to exert its influence over a Prime Minister that appears to not listen. At the time of writing, I’m waiting for another update from the Prime Minister in advance of another vote on her proposals. Following my extensive engagement with local residents (which thousands of you have been part of), I will continue to call for a People’s Vote so that we can secure a democratic mandate on whether to leave with the Prime Minister’s proposals or remain and reform the EU and the UK.
In other news, I supported yet another call on the Government to act more urgently to tackle climate change. In late 2018, I was the first MP to get a formal response from the Government on how it was going to respond to the Inter-parliamentary Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that said we only have ten years left to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions. This month, my colleague from Cardiff North (Anna McMorrin MP), managed to force the Government Minister back to Westminster Hall to respond to the outcome of the recent international meeting (COP24). I and other MPs will continue to press the Government to give Climate Change a higher priority.
Lastly, I have been getting through the detail of the NHS Ten Year Plan, and met with local NHS leaders from the Clinical Commissioning Group to understand its impact on patients and taxpayers in Bristol. My major concern is that there is no substantive chapter on staffing, which should be an important focus of the NHS in the years to come. And I continue to wait for the delayed Social Care Green Paper from the Government – an issue that I know is important to many of you who care for loved ones. I’ll continue to campaign for social care to be fully merged into our NHS and to stress that any automation in our health service should result in extra money to be put towards the value that should be attached to humans (as opposed to robots!) who care for us in the community.
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Regular readers will know that I host frequent café politics, pub politics and Facebook Live Q&As every month so that you all have the chance to let me know what you think and ask any questions.
Thanks to those of you that came to Hunters Café and the Eastfield Inn last month. I’ve had great feedback about these events but recognise that not everyone can make a Friday night or Saturday morning.
Therefore, I’ve launched a new podcast which you can listen to on your computer or mobile phone. The idea is that you submit a question and my team and I will go away and find the answer. We’ll then publish a 15 minute podcast discussing the question and answer to give listeners a short but in-depth understanding about why something is the way it is, and what I’m trying to do about it. You can find all the details for this at: www.darren-jones.co.uk/bristol/policy-pods
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