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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 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...

Daniel Zeichner MP joined in the ceremonies to commemorate Anzac Day at Cambridge City Cemetery on Saturday 22 April.

Daniel Zeichner attended the Morning Ceremony where 1018 graves commemorate those from the Commonwealth who died during both World War I and World War II. The cemetery was the main RAF cemetery for East Anglia and Lincolnshire during World War II and among the RAF graves are over 250 Australian and 80 New Zealand graves. An afternoon ceremony was held at 3pm at St Andrew the Great Church.

Daniel Zeichner joined Air Chief Marshall Sir Michael Graydon, the Turkish Ambassador and the Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Jeremy Benstead, alongside representatives from the High Commission, RAF and British Legion. The RAF Honington Band and Cambridge & Ely Air Cadets were also be attendance.

“It is an honour to be able to commemorate the brave soldiers who gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars,” said Daniel Zeichner. “Cambridge has a proud history of hosting soldiers from across the world.”

Daniel Zeichner to attend Anzac Day Ceremonies

Daniel Zeichner MP joined in the ceremonies to commemorate Anzac Day at Cambridge City Cemetery on Saturday 22 April. Daniel Zeichner attended the Morning Ceremony where 1018 graves commemorate those...


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