June 2019: Darren Jones column

May 29 2019

It’s been an odd month in Parliament. The Government is stuck on what to do next about Brexit, and all of the political action is reserved for Conservative Party MPs who have been huddling around their preferred candidate to succeed Theresa May as Prime Minister (as she has said she will leave later this year).

Your Voice in Parliament

 It’s been an odd month in Parliament. The Government is stuck on what to do next about Brexit, and all of the political action is reserved for Conservative Party MPs who have been huddling around their preferred candidate to succeed Theresa May as Prime Minister (as she has said she will leave later this year).
The Brexit lull has given us time to debate other issues though, not least climate change. As always, I have taken part in the climate change debate as much as possible. As part of that, I led a cross-party campaign to the Prime Minister, signed by nearly 100 MPs, to have at least one whole day of debate in Government time on how the Prime Minister plans to respond to the evidence from the Climate Change Committee regards meeting net zero emissions targets sooner rather than 2050.
I have also been involved in the debate about the Chinese telecoms company, Hauwei. As a member of the Science & Technology Select Committee, I have been part of debates in Parliament about the call from the United States to ban Hauwei from our own infrastructure in the UK. It seems to be that this is largely driven by geo-political and trade war dynamics, although it’s clear Hauwei could have higher quality software in its technology. I will be taking part in a grand committee with Defence and Foreign Affairs colleagues next month.

Your Champion in Bristol

Readers will no doubt be familiar with the consultations I ran as part of the A4018 proposals from Bristol City Council. We’re expecting an announcement in June about what the council plans to do next. At the time of writing I don’t know what the new proposals will be but I’m optimistic that we’ve won the debate about Westbury village and (I hope!) the Crow Lane roundabout and turning restrictions into Brentry. As with the first consultation, I will do all that I can to make sure residents are able to have their say on amended proposals. As part of my wider work on transport across Bristol, I recently met with Transport Minister Jesse Norman MP. I’ve asked Jesse to organise a meeting at the Department of Transport for our regional Mayor, city Mayor, neighbouring councils and relevant MPs to see what more we can do to get cross border transport sorted and moving (making the case for my Transport Hubs proposals set out in my North Bristol Transport Plan, of course!).
I have also been kept in the loop about Stoke Lodge and share the concerns raised by residents about potential procedural issues highlighted as part of Freedom of Information requests. If council officers have been notifying Cotham School in advance of formal legal advice and statements to residents then - regardless of the outcomes - this shows a procedural unfairness which needs to be sorted. I have written to the council on that basis and expect answers soon.
Lastly, it was great to attend both the Westbury Community Spring Fair, where I caught up with the 2442 Squadron, and Henleaze May Fair at Henleaze Juniors recently. If you’d like me to stop-by your event, please contact my office with as much notice as possible.

What do you think?

It’s that time of year when I send my annual constituency survey to households across Bristol North West asking for feedback. As I set out in that leaflet, you don’t just vote for me, you also pay for me and my staff to provide our services to you in Bristol and Westminster. So I’m always keen to hear how we can improve our service and to check I’m campaigning about the local and national issues you care the most about. Let me know what you think at www.darren-jones.co.uk/bristol/survey or call my office for a paper copy.
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Darren Jones MP
Member of Parliament, Bristol North West