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HomelessnessSpeaking in the House of Commons today, Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, slammed the Housing Minister for the rise in homelessness in the city, which he said so saddens residents and is so hard for those without homes.

He said that in recent discussions with local homelessness charity Wintercomfort, it had been suggested that city Landlords are increasingly unwilling to let to people on housing benefit because of insecure employment. He suggested that cracking down on insecure employment, such as temporary and zero-hours contracts would help tackle the housing crisis.

Speaking outside the Chamber, he added: "The rising numbers sleeping on the streets of  Cambridge are a direct consequence of Government failure since 2010. Sadly, I understand that we now even have people who work in college kitchens sleeping on the streets. It shouldn't be that way. 

“When Labour was in power, we demonstrated that the often complex issues that lead to people sleeping outside can be tackled successfully. Now we have a new problem - too much insecure employment. Banning exploitative zero hours contacts is a key step in our plans to help Cambridge recover.”

You can watch the full exchange here: https://goo.gl/8BxTPa

Cambridge MP slams Government for homelessness crisis

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, slammed the Housing Minister for the rise in homelessness in the city, which he said so saddens residents...

Daniel Zeichner MP visited Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre to meet with staff, service users and trustees to discuss the work of the Centre and how it changes lives for the better.

Established in 1982 and with new premises in Peterborough since 2013, CWRC is a women’s community space which supports, trains and encourages women seeking positive change for themselves and their families. It provides support for many day to day challenges including career development, debt and personal finance, and families and parenting. It also hosts a mix of fun and practical informal groups, workshops and networking events.

Daniel Zeichner said: “It is a privilege to be able to visit a Cambridge institution like the Women’s Resource Centre. It does such important work supporting women in all aspects of life and it is a pleasure to be able to speak with some of the many women who visit the Centre as well as staff to learn more about the huge role it plays for women in our city.”

Anna Gilchrist, Manager of the Dawn Project at CWRC, added: “This year we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of CWRC – we have been supporting women in a wide variety of ways since we began. We are an important part of many women’s lives and welcome Daniel’s support for what we do.” 

Daniel Zeichner to visit Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre

Daniel Zeichner MP visited Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre to meet with staff, service users and trustees to discuss the work of the Centre and how it changes lives for the...

Daniel Zeichner MP headed a high level Brexit roundtable with key life sciences sector leaders in Cambridge discussing their requests to the Government as part of its negotiations with the European Union at Cambridge Biomedical Campus “Qube”  on Friday 21 April.

Daniel Zeichner hosted the roundtable in partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, and the discussion focussed on the relationship between future migration policy and the life sciences sector. The summit resulted in recommendations and actions which Daniel Zeichner will put to Government as part of the negotiations to make sure Cambridge and the UK continue to promote a globally leading science and research sector.

Daniel Zeichner MP said: “I voted against triggering Article 50 to leave the EU because the people of Cambridge overwhelmingly voted Remain and it is in the interests of Cambridge’s thriving economy as well as the UK more generally that we foster the closest possible relationship with the EU. As part of the Government’s negotiations with EU leaders, it is vital that the life sciences sector makes ministers aware of its needs and priorities.”

Dr Matthew Norton, Director of Policy and Strategy at Alzheimer's Research UK, who will be chairing the roundtable, said: “This was an invaluable opportunity to discuss ways in we can endeavour to protect life sciences once we leave the European Union. It is essential we have these conversations now and from the roundtable, we hope to have a defined set of actions and recommendations to achieve our collective goal of ensuring life sciences continue to thrive post-Brexit.

“A strong research sector is crucial if we are to find new treatments and preventions for dementia, our greatest medical challenge. With the ongoing negotiations around Brexit, it is crucial that dementia research is kept high on the priority list. There is a clear need for cross-party support on these issues so we can protect the future of life sciences in the UK.”

Daniel Zeichner to head high level Cambridge Brexit roundtable with key life sciences sector leaders

Daniel Zeichner MP headed a high level Brexit roundtable with key life sciences sector leaders in Cambridge discussing their requests to the Government as part of its negotiations with the...


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