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Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has criticised the government’s confusion over their Budget commitment to a "millennial" railcard for those aged 26-30.

Government ministers have been arguing over who will pay for the railcard discounts, with the rail companies wanting government to pay out.

There was a limited trial, focused on the Greater Anglia area, in March with 10,000 cards, which proved so popular that the website crashed.

Mr Zeichner said "It’s a real shame that yet again the government is failing young people by making promises then breaking them. It’s not difficult – other countries manage to provide excellent transport for reasonable prices. Its clear that our rail system is broken, with the Transport Secretary announcing renationalisation of the East Coast part of it just yesterday, but while the Conservatives remain obsessed with privatisation they are not going to be able to deliver cheaper fares for young people. Young people should not have to pick up the price tag, and the Government should keep their promises. "

Cambridge MP Slams Government failure on 26-30 Railcard

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has criticised the government’s confusion over their Budget commitment to a "millennial" railcard for those aged 26-30. Government ministers have been arguing over who will...

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has welcomed news from local primary schools that, after reviewing the possibility of academising, they have decided to remain with the Local Education Authority.

The leadership team and the Governing Bodies of the Spinney Primary School, Mayfield Primary School and Fulbourne Primary School had been assessing the possibility of forming its own Multi Academy Trust (MAT). After extensive consideration, the schools have today decided to withdraw their intention to pursue this and remain maintained schools. 

Daniel Zeichner said: "I am pleased to hear that after careful consideration these Cambridge city schools have decided that the best course of action is to stick with the Local Authority. I am aware that a lot of work has gone into developing the concept of a new Cambridge MAT, however a change of policy direction from the Government on academisation means that these schools can be confident that they will continue to receive the support they need as maintained schools."

"I am familiar with both the Spinney and Mayfield and have no doubt that they will continue to work collaboratively and deliver excellent education to their children, with the support from the local authority. It is encouraging to know that the Government will no longer be putting pressure on schools to academise and they can get on doing what they are good at, which is teaching our kids."

Cambridge MP welcomes news that local schools will remain with the Local Education Authority

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has welcomed news from local primary schools that, after reviewing the possibility of academising, they have decided to remain with the Local Education Authority. The...

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will tomorrow visit local school, Grove Primary School, and deliver a presentation to the children on the value of democracy. During his visit he will get an opportunity to speak with children and staff, as well as hold a meeting with Headteacher Ms Karen Martin on the schools progress and upcoming challenges.

Mr Zeichner says: “I am pleased to be making a trip to the Grove Primary School to talk to the children about one of Britain’s core values – democracy. It is really important that children start to get an understanding of our political system and the workings of our democracy from a young age, so I am always very happy to make visits into schools and help with that. I have no doubt that during the talk there will be many thought-out questions from the children.”

“Visiting schools and talking to a class full of children is, for me, one of the best parts of being an MP. It is always very apparent to me that the teachers we have in our Cambridge schools are doing excellent work to make our kids inquisitive and enthusiastic about learning.“

Cambridge MP delivers presentation on democracy to local school children

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will tomorrow visit local school, Grove Primary School, and deliver a presentation to the children on the value of democracy. During his visit he will get an...


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