October 2020: News from your local MP
Pandemic nears critical moment
Your Voice in Parliament
WE'VE entered a critical moment with this pandemic with new cases on the rise nationally. Although our case numbers are lower in Bristol than in other parts of the country, this is a critical moment for us too.
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 using every day to ensure we have the resources Bristol needs during this time from track and trace to renewed economic support.
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. 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.
I was also pleased to formally launch the Climate Assembly report in Parliament in September. As the lead commissioning committee chair, I commended the citizen assembly report on how to reach net zero to the House of Commons. I’ll be running an online webinar to look at the detail of this and get your feedback soon (see below!).
Your Champion in Bristol
I continue to run a virtual-only service from the constituency. Since February, hundreds of people from Bristol have connected with me at our fortnightly Facebook Live Q&As and online Café Politics. Our next Café Politics is on October 24th and I hope to see you there. You can sign up at darren-jones.uk/events.
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 forums for all of our local communities, including Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze.
I want to keep pushing on with local issues including how we best manage the Downs, how we tackle speeding and anti- social behaviour in our neighbourhoods and how we best support our highstreets. These neighbourhood level chats will help me keep up with the issues important to you. You can register for your ticket at darren-jones.uk/events.
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. Again, you’ll find details for this on darren-jones.uk/events.
I 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 959 6545.
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.