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How Should Bristol Respond to COP26? Panel discussion

Festival of the Future City
Darren Jones, Kerry McCarthy and Karin Smyth

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Bristol’s MPs consider the issues around the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, which starts in Glasgow in October.

There’s a lot riding on COP26. As part of our series in Festival of the Future City 2021, we’re looking at what the city wants from COP26; what Bristol can offer to COP26; and how the city should respond. Darren Jones, Kerry McCarthy and Karin Smyth start our debates.

They will discuss what their hopes and concerns are about COP26; what inspires them about work in their constituency on moving to net zero carbon; how Bristol should respond; and their personal commitment to change to meet the sustainable development goals.

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Darren Jones

Darren Jones is Member of Parliament for Bristol North West. Before becoming an MP, he was working as a consumer rights lawyer. He is a Member of the Science and Technology Select Committee and is involved in cross-party parliamentary groups such as the Parliamentary Information, Communications and Technology Forum and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Consumer Rights. He is currently Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee.

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Kerry McCarthy

Kerry McCarthy is the Member of Parliament for Bristol East. Her main policy areas of interest are: sustainability and the environment, food policy, the economy, tackling poverty, international aid and trade, transport, and animal welfare. Before being elected to Parliament, she worked as a lawyer and on political campaigns. She currently undertakes the role of Shadow Minister for Transport. She previously served as Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Sep 2015 – June 2016), and prior to that as Shadow Foreign Office Minister (covering human rights and climate change). She co-founded Feeding Bristol and is a patron of the Music Venue Trust and FoodCycle.

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Karin Smyth

Karin Smyth is Member of Parliament for Bristol South. She worked as an NHS manager, most recently with the NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group. Previously she has run an MP’s office and been non-Executive director of an NHS Trust. Born in London to Irish parents who came to Britain in the 1950s, seeking work, she moved to Bristol in the 1990s. She graduated with a degree in Economics and Social Studies from the University of East Anglia in 1988, and subsequently studied a MBA at the University of Bath in 1995. She previously served as Shadow Northern Ireland Minister.

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Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City takes place every two years in Bristol. This year – due to the pandemic – the festival brings together live on-stage, live online and pre-recorded events. Check the project page for details and follow #FutureCity21 on Twitter.

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