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Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, criticised the Government's Industrial Strategy in the House of Commons during last night's Budget debate. 

He told the House that although Cambridge is successful, and is mentioned prolifically in the Industrial Strategy document, there is no guarantee that this will continue after Brexit if safeguards are not put in place to support those working in the city, and in Life Sciences around the country. 

He cited the recent Telegraph article describing Johnson & Johnson's decision to pull its plan for a new UK plant near Cambridge.

He said, "the missing element in all of this is the people. The reason why these industries are successful in Cambridge is that people can come and go freely. In the context of Brexit, that will be a real challenge. In every lab I go to, I find people from other parts of the world, but they are leaving, and the next generation is not coming. The industrial strategy has to be seen in that context. What makes people come here? Good schools, but there is nothing in the Budget, as hon. Friends have pointed out, to improve schools."

Daniel comments, "a great city council and excellent local initiatives who want to build more housing and improve public services, are being continually let down by a Government that refuses to invest in people's lives but continues to prioritise its own ideology at risk of making the most vulnerable in our society poorer. This Government still looks after the elite at the top, whilst leaving most people to struggle.

I fear that even the new transport links announcements for Cambridge - Oxford should be received with caution. With such a weak Government more concentrated on its internal squabbles then channelling success for the country, I think governance complexity will make progress on this project slow and stilted."

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Government Industrial Strategy is 'a glossy technicolour while most people's lives are being lived in gritty black and white'

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, criticised the Government's Industrial Strategy in the House of Commons during last night's Budget debate.  He told the House that although Cambridge is successful, and...

Responding to the report from the National Audit Office following accusations made by the National Audit Office, Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner says:

"I welcome the report from the National Audit Office following accusations made by North East Cambridgeshire Conservative MP Stephen Barclay. The Local Enterprise Partnership were established by the coalition Government after the wanton destruction of the previous regional structures developed by the previous Labour Government.

They were poorly-resourced, and struggled to fulfil the tasks set for them. With assistance, particularly from local councils, they have improved their performance, and as Government has channelled more public money through them, it is right that stronger frameworks have been developed to ensure that money is spent properly. The National Audit Office report does identify shortcomings, but does not find evidence of wrong-doing. 

This has been a bruising and damaging period for the Local Enterprise Partnership, but has also done harm to many important relationships between key players in Cambridgeshire at a time when everyone should have been concentrating on the bigger challenges. Many businesses and key institutions in particular, will wonder why they should participate in future - I hope that they can be persuaded that collaborative working between all sectors, with constructive support from elected representatives, is vital to ensure that future economic success and social progress in Cambridge and in Cambridgeshire is achieved."

Cambridge MP comments on Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership Report

Responding to the report from the National Audit Office following accusations made by the National Audit Office, Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner says: "I welcome the report from the National Audit...

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has joined 94 MPs in signing a letter that calls on the Secretary of Stage for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, to reconsider the decision to exclude animal sentience from the EU Withdrawal Bill. 

Animal sentience is protected under Article 13 of the Treaty of Lisbon and states that Member States 'must pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals,' however this has been left out of the current Bill being debated in Parliament. 

Daniel is a strong proponent of animal welfare and has repeatedly acted in accordance with supporting the maintenance of EU protections of animal rights in the event of Brexit; including supporting Claude 30, tabled by Caroline Lucas MP, to include animal sentience in the EU Withdrawal Bill, which was narrowly defeated 313 votes to 295. 

Daniel Zeichner said, "the concept that animals have feelings and reactions, which should be protected, is a basic 21st century principal. It is difficult to fathom the Government's decision to leave out Article 13, and I do not buy that it is so the Uk has the ability to strengthen animal rights beyond those protected under EU law.

Only a few months ago, Michael Gove said in the chamber that he recognised that animals are sentient beings, but last week the Conservative Party voted down an amendment that would ensure that this is recognised under UK law if we do through with Brexit. The only thing that the Government is consistent on is policy flip-flopping.

I hope that Mr Gove will review this letter signed by 94 MPs and realise that the best way to send a strong signal that the UK wants to lead the way on animal rights is to include animal sentience in the EU Withdrawal Bill."

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Daniel Zeichner calls for animal sentience to be protected in EU Withdrawal Bill

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has joined 94 MPs in signing a letter that calls on the Secretary of Stage for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, to reconsider...


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