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Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge calls for the government to take proper responsibility over taxi licensing laws, after the news broke that Transport for London has refused to relicense Uber in London after their current license expires next week. 

However, Daniel warns that just because Uber will no longer be licensed in London, it doesn't mean that they will be unable to continue working there. Due to complicated and outdated laws, Local Authorities can only enforce against drivers that they license. If Uber drivers were to obtain licenses from near-by authorities and decided to carry on working in London, it would be hard for TFL to stop them. Many taxi and private hire unions and taxis are currently lobbying against this practice, known as 'cross-border working.'

Daniel, who is a member of the Transport Select Committee says, "the government has known for a long time that it needs to sort out taxi and private hire licensing, but has just dug its heels in and refused to act or make these tough decisions.

It's time for them to act, to protect authorities like TfL who are responsible for the safety of those using transport, but who don't have the power to actually kick out bad working practices. At the moment, they are risking TfL being exposed to 30,000 or 40,000 drivers licensed elsewhere but working in London.

I hope that my Private Members' Bill, entitled the Licensing of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill, will go some way to improving the industry's safety standards, but it's clear that the government really needs to act and provide a joined-up, coherent re-vamp of the rules. Some of the current laws date back to the Victorian times! I hope the government will support my Bill in February, but i also hope that this kind of brave move by TfL will push them into taking some sensible action. 

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Daniel's response to Uber losing its London license

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge calls for the government to take proper responsibility over taxi licensing laws, after the news broke that Transport for London has refused to relicense...

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge told Parliament that he would vote against the EU Withdrawal Bill as "it is increasingly said in parts of the country that we should not withdraw from the European Union at all, because it is not in our national interest to do so." 

Daniel was speaking in the chamber on the EU Withdrawal Bill, which would provide sweeping powers to government ministers. Quoting leading Cambridge expert Professor Mark Elliot of St Catherine's College whom he met last week, Daniel said, "The Bill in its present form is profoundly problematic in legal and constitutional terms. It is an affront to parliamentary sovereignty. It eviscerates the separation of powers principle and it risks destabilising the UK's increasingly fragile territorial constitution."

Daniel Zeichner MP also emphasised the significance of global and national political changes that have occurred since the referendum last June, explaining that ”The Prime Minister went to the country, demanding a mandate, and we know what happened—she did not get it.”

He went on: ”The wider world has changed as well. A year ago, it could have been plausibly argued that we could negotiate reliable, mutually beneficial trade deals with the United States in a way that now seems wholly unlikely when that country is governed by such an unpredictable and difficult President.

In the rest of the world, we see China becoming more authoritarian, Russia hardly more helpful and North Korea a real threat. In a world that seems so increasingly volatile, whom should we look to in times of need? Our wisest option would be our European neighbours, who increasingly look like the most sensible major players. What a foolish path to be embarking on in such dangerous times.”

Daniel Zeichner says ”I stand by what I said last night in the chamber. Someone needs to speak up for the half of the country that did not vote for Brexit, and handing even more power to a government intent on a hard Brexit which may result in no deal, is doing the opposite of that. I’m proud that I voted against the EU Withdrawal Bill, as it was in the interest of Cambridge and the country.“

 

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"We should not withdraw from the EU as it is not in our national interest to do so"

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge told Parliament that he would vote against the EU Withdrawal Bill as "it is increasingly said in parts of the country that we should...

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on Monday, calling on the government to strengthen protection for buyers of new homes.
 

He explained the plight of many Cambridge residents who have bought newly built houses and found themselves plunged into a nightmare of home defects. He condemned the “attitude of some house builders” who exploit new buyers and the “imbalance of power” between developers and buyers.
 
The Royal Institute for British Architects reports that two fifths of those who buy a new build property report at least 11 problems within the first few months of moving in. RIBA state that according to the Government’s own measures, half of homes built today will be too small for the households they are intended for.
 
Daniel said: “It is time to stop this inefficient use of resources which cause so many people such distress. I visited a new home bought by a constituent and it had so many problems it was like a building site. It was completely uninhabitable, and the developer refused to take responsibility for their shoddy work
 
If you buy a washing machine or microwave which is faulty, you’re entitled to a refund. Why is there nowhere near this level of protection for new home buyers? We need new legislation to protect our buyers now. We need a new settlement of power."
 
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Cambridge MP demands a demands a “rebalance of power” between builders and buyers of new homes

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on Monday, calling on the government to strengthen protection for buyers of new homes.  


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