Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has said that the Prime Minister, Theresa May, should be apologising to people of Cambridgeshire during her visit to Addenbrooke's today. While any additional money to tackle cancer is always welcome, the Labour MP says that the Prime Minister herself bears personal responsibility for the problems that have dogged the hospital and local health services in recent months.
Mr Zeichner says: "Despite heroic efforts from staff, Addenbrooke's has been in a near-crisis state for many months, with operations cancelled and very over-crowded emergency services. Theresa May was told by NHS England last year exactly what was needed, and she ignored their advice. The outcome of that was Cambridgeshire's CCG announcing a £48 million deficit for the last financial year."
"To add insult to injury, in the face of a recruitment crisis, key staff recruited from outside the EU were not allowed to come here to work in intensive care because of Mrs May's cap on immigration. At the same time, the number of people unable to leave hospital has shot up because of the crisis in social care, caused by cuts to local councils made by Mrs May and her government. She is personally responsible for the hardship our hospital and patients are experiencing. She owes everyone in Cambridgeshire an apology."
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has said that the Prime Minister, Theresa May, should be apologising to people of Cambridgeshire during her visit to Addenbrooke's today. While any additional money...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will visit Benet’s café this Friday (6th April) at 11:30am to trial out the cafe’s reusable coffee cup scheme that earns customers a 50p discount with every purchase. Mr Zeichner will experience first hand how customers are benefiting from a saving on their caffeine hit, whilst reducing waste and helping the environment.
Mr Zeichner said: “Tackling plastic and other unnecessary waste has shot right up the agenda. We are all becoming more aware of how our every day habits are devastating the environment and I think the public are much more receptive to the sorts of changes we need to make if we are to address this.“
“If we are going to get a grip of the impact that human activity is having on the environment, we need to come up with smarter ways of doing things. The reusable coffee cup scheme is a perfect example of that. Not only will using your own cup save you 50p when you buy your coffee but it will also reduce the amount of coffee cups that go in the bin – that’s a lot of perks to me.
“I want to congratulate Benet’s for taking on this scheme as I have no doubt that it is much harder for independent shops to do this than the chain coffee shops. They are promoting environmentally conscious consumerism and I think customers will respond positively to that. I want to see the Government take stronger action on this because in my opinion they have been all froth and no substance so far and we need to see more action, faster!“
Every year 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away in the UK, however less than 1 in 400 of these cups are recycled[i]. Public concern over waste disposal, and its impact for the environment, has increased in recent months putting the issue high up the political agenda. Recommendations from the Environmental Audit Committee earlier this year suggested a 25p ‘latte levy‘ be introduced on disposable cups to combat coffee cup waste. Increasingly businesses are introducing schemes to assist with the reduction of waste.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will visit Benet’s café this Friday (6th April) at 11:30am to trial out the cafe’s reusable coffee cup scheme that earns customers a 50p discount...
The Government has come under fire for failing Syrian refugees offered sanctuary in Cambridge.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, wrote to Home Secretary Amber Rudd in August 2017, on behalf of the Cambridge City Council to ask for support in helping Syrian refugee families that had been accepted to the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement scheme to reunify in Cambridge.
The letter asked the Home Office to provide support in funding the moves of some Syrian refugees from other areas of the UK to Cambridge, so that they can be reunited with their families who have been settled in the city. Two Syrian families are currently split between Sheffield and Cambridge, and the Council wants to help them get back together.
When, in November, Mr Zeichner had not had any reply to his letter, he followed up with a second. This again went unanswered.
Mr Zeichner finally received a reply on the 29th of March, seven months after his original contact , only to be told: "There is not an exceptional fund to facilitate the voluntary movement of refugees from one local authority to another".
Mr Zeichner says: "It’s completely unacceptable that the Home Office took more than half a year to respond to a simple question, and then offered such a poor response. You can't help but conclude that the Government don’t want to work with MPs and Local Authorities, but against them."
Cllr Lewis Herbert says "All a Syrian family in Cambridge wanted was to be reunited with their relatives in Sheffield who were being helped under the same refugee assistance scheme. Instead of helping, the Home Office has blocked this, while taking over half a year to respond, which was unfair on everyone. Our experience has shown that re-uniting families helps them to settle in and integrate more quickly, and also provides good support for each other including in finding work."
"People in Cambridge want to do much more to help Syrian refugees fleeing bombing by the Assad regime. What they, and the council, needs is a Government that reunites families and provides the support needed to give refugees real hope for the future."
The Government has come under fire for failing Syrian refugees offered sanctuary in Cambridge. Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, wrote to Home Secretary Amber Rudd in August 2017, on behalf...