Campaign Responses

Please find below responses to campaigns which Darren has received which he believes should be available for everyone to see:

Support for Choirs

I have been contacted about when choirs can return. 

I understand that the people of Broxtowe are keen to singing in Choirs. I recognise the benefits of being part of a choir and I am grateful to a number of constituents for sharing their experiences with me.

Justice for the Windrush Generation

Thank you for contacting me about justice for the Windrush generation. As my parents are part of the Windrush generation this is a matter I take very seriously. I have recently raised this in the house which you can see below:

Demonstrations (abortion clinics) Bill

I have been contacted about protests at abortion clinics. 

This country has a proud history of allowing free speech but the right to peaceful protest does not extend to harassment or threatening behaviour. 

Allegations of Voting Against Regular NHS Staff Testing

I have been contacted regarding fake reports that Conservative MPs voted against regular testing of NHS staff. 

To be very clear, I am not against regular testing of NHS staff. I am in favour of NHS staff testing policy as advised by the Chief Medical Officer.

Open our Pools

I understand that many people are keen to get back into the pool and so I welcome that outdoor water parks and swimming pools will be able to open in England from 11 July.

Drop the Debt

I have been contacted regarding debt cancellation for the poorest countries in light of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Finns Law

Thank you for contacting me about strengthening the law to protect service animals. I entirely share your concerns about this issue and agree with the ‘Finn’s Law’ campaigners that these brave and loyal animals deserve our best protection

2-week Quarantine

I have been contacted regarding the 2-week quarantine.

I welcome the introduction of travel corridors, this is good news for British holidaymakers and businesses. 

WaterAid Campaign

I have been contacted regarding WaterAid’s work to reach people with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. 

Support for the Hospitality Industry

I understand that this has been a difficult time for the hospitality industry in Broxtowe. I have kept in regular contact with many businesses and have raised their concerns with my Ministerial Colleagues. 

Protect Renters from Coronavirus Evictions

I have been contacted regarding evictions during Covid-19.

I welcome the steps the Government has made to protect renters during the Covid-19 outbreak including introducing a five-month moratorium on evictions and suspending housing possession proceedings in the courts

Chance to Move On Campaign

I have been contacted regarding the impact of the coronavirus crisis on young people. The Covid-19 crisis has been a difficult time for many people across Broxtowe but I recognise the particular concerns for under-25s. 

Trophy Hunting

I have been contacted regarding trophy hunting. 

Trophy hunting involves pursuing another animal in conditions which causes stress, fear and pain, with hunters killing as a form of entertainment, not for food, to control pests or to protect another species.

Universal Basic Income

I have been contacted regarding a universal basic income. 

The idea of a universal basic income has often been debated, and I hope that UBI-style systems continue to be subject to research and discussion so that our approach to welfare can remain informed. 

Green and Fair Recovery + Build Back Better

Protecting the environment is part of my plan for Broxtowe and therefore I am very grateful to have been contacted regarding environmental protections after the Covid-19 crisis. 

Homelessness After COVID-19

I was elected on a manifesto that pledged to end homelessness under this Parliament by expanding programmes such as the Rough Sleeping Initiative and Housing First.

Hong Kong

I, like many people across Broxtowe, am disturbed by the situation in Hong Kong. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in Bejing has adopted a wide-raging national security law for Hong Kong.

Warfare Experiments on Animals

I understand your concerns regarding the use of animals in scientific testing. I believe that the use of animals should be avoided wherever possible, and in the limited cases when animals are used, this should be done in accordance with strict guidelines to ensure any suffering is minimised.

Care Workers' Pay

I have been contacted about care workers' pay. 

I agree that the work carried out by carers is absolutely vital, ensuring that people who need support are able to live full, rewarding lives. 1.6m people work in social care, which is 22% higher than ten years ago.

ISDS and Covid 19

I have been contacted regarding the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). 

ISDS mechanisms along with the inclusion of investment protection provisions in trade agreements help protect UK investors from discriminatory or unfair treatment by the state. 

Pay rise for NHS Staff

I have been touched by the heroic actions of our NHS staff across Broxtowe and the country and I understand that many constituents feel that NHS workers should receive a pay rise. 

Support for Unpaid Carers

I recognise the valuable contribution made by unpaid carers who provide care to family members, friends and neighbours. A tenth of adults in the UK provide unpaid care for a friend or family member and these people should be supported in the invaluable work they do.

Stride and Ride Campaign

I have been contacted by a number of constituents who are taking part in the Stride and Ride 5 campaign, in which they undertake at least 5 ‘active’ journeys in a fortnight. This includes walking, cycling, scooting and any other mode of active transport. 

Extending the Transition Period

I have been contacted by some constituents regarding the extension of the transition period. I understand the strength of feeling on this matter and I can assure you that I take the views of my constituents across Broxtowe very seriously. 

Unaccompanied Refugees

The UK continues to be one of the world’s leading refugee resettlement states. As a country, we resettle more refugees than any other in Europe and are in the top five countries worldwide.

Justice for Shukri Yahye-Abdi

The death of Shukri was tragic and deeply distressing. My thoughts continue to be with her family and friends at this difficult time.

Justice for Grenfell Campaign

The Grenfell Tower fire was one of the worst tragedies that this nation has experienced. I cannot begin to comprehend what those affected by the fire have had to deal with. The Government must ensure that those affected continue to receive the support that they both need and deserve. 

Israel

I have been contacted by a number of constituents regarding concerns over Israel's announced intention to annex the West Bank.

I appreciate your concerns about the situation in the region. That is why I firmly support the UK’s longstanding position on the Middle East Peace Process.

Support for Post-16 Education

I have been contacted by a number of constituents regarding how post-16 education is being supported through the coronavirus outbreak. I am passionate about education and it is an important part of my vision for Broxtowe.

Heat Pumps

I have been contacted by a number of constituents regarding heat pumps. 

End the Hostile Environment

I have been contacted about the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill. 

Firstly, it is important to note that the bill is to provide the foundations for our new immigration system, not the system itself. 

Food Standards Campaign

I have been contacted by a number of constituents regarding Food Standards and therefore I put a question to the Secretary of State. 

FCO and DFID Merger

The Prime Minister has announced that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development will merge to create a new overseas department.

Black Lives Matter

I have been contacted by a number of constituents regarding the death of George Floyd in the US, the Black Lives Matter campaign and outcomes for BAME groups.

Crisis in Yemen

I have been contacted by constituents in Broxtowe regarding the crisis in Yemen. I share their concerns regarding the crisis and the plight of the Yemeni people who are caught up in the conflict. 

Sunday Trading Laws

I have recently been contacted by a number of constituents regarding their concerns over the relaxation of the Sunday trading laws. 

Free School Meals over the Summer Holiday Campaign

A number of constituents have contacted me regarding free school meals over the summer holiday. I understand that children and parents in Broxtowe and across the country face an unprecedented situation this summer.

Support for Independent Media Campaign

I appreciate the importance of independent newspapers. The Government shares my desire to support independent publications in Broxtowe and across the country through this difficult time and I have been assured that ministers are in regular dialogue with publishers.

Protect our NHS in a Trade Deal with the United States

I cherish our National Health Service and the principles it holds itself to in that it is universal and free at the point of need. The Government has been repeatedly clear that our NHS will never be on the table in any trade agreements and I wholly support the Government in their stance.

Support For Pubs

I wholly recognise the role that pubs play in the social and economic life of our country which is why I am encouraged by the support which has been made available to pubs and the Governments manifesto commitment to further cut taxes for small businesses.

Clear Access Waters Campaign

I am enthusiastic about encouraging sport and recreation in the countryside and wholly appreciate the positive benefits outdoor activities can have for both physical and mental wellbeing.

Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to modern medicine, and it is vital that urgent action is taken to keep antibiotics effective for future generations.

Animal Sentience and a Ban on Cages

The UK has some of the highest standards of animal welfare in the world and Government has maintained a strong line on the importance of animal welfare on farms.

Protecting the Oceans

Oceans are currently facing unprecedented challenges, including climate change and over-fishing and it is more important than ever that we take action to protect our seas.

The Environmental Impact of HS2

It is wholly important that HS2 balances both the needs of affected communities and the environment, along with the long-term needs of the country as a whole.

Climate Change

Climate Change is one of the greatest global challenges we face, and I wholly recognise the need for public debate on this issue. Indeed, the threat posed by global warming has never been clearer, taking into account the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report.

Caroline Lucas amendment.

I did not support the amendment tabled by Caroline Lucas to the European Union Withdrawal Agreement Billand it was defeated by 251 to 347 votes.

Child Refugees

Firstly, I want to set out that I fully support the Government in their commitment in ensuring that unaccompanied children who are seeking protection in an EU Member State can continue to be reunited with specified family members who are in the UK, as well as children in the UK with family in the

Assisted Dying

Living with terminal illness is distressing and straining for both the patient and their families and my utmost sympathy goes out to all those suffering with debilitating illnesses. 

Macmillan Cancer Support

This an important issue to me and therefore I saw it vital to attend the drop-in event on
Wednesday 22nd January.
Meeting the Macmillan Cancer Support Team there, I was able to discuss and further understand the