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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.  

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has today warned that underfunding by the government of its election pledge for free childcare is putting Cambridge nurseries at risk, and may leave some parents paying more.

The 30 hours free and tax-free childcare were flagship pledges made by the Conservative government in their 2015 manifesto. Applications by parents close today, with the scheme due to start on Monday September 4th, but the sustainability of the policy is being widely questioned by professionals and experts in the field. Daniel has been contacted by parents anxious about availability and the very future of some Cambridge nurseries.

 A study by the Pre-School Learning Alliance published in April 2017 found that:

•      19% aren’t planning to offer the 30 hours scheme

•      37% aren't sure - to put this in context, 95% currently offer the 15 hour free entitlement

•      62% stated that the ‘entitlement rate’ for 17/18 is less than the hourly rate it cost to fund a childcare place

Daniel says: “I am becoming extremely worried about the consequences that this poorly implemented policy is going to have on nurseries and parents in the coming days and weeks."

“It was only last week that we heard of the difficulties parents were experiencing simply registering their children to receive childcare and the stress it was causing parents. Now it seems that some Cambridge nurseries won’t be able to offer the 30 hours, or will only be able to do so by massively increasing charges for extra hours, lifting the overall cost of provision for parents.

The government offering councils around £4 an hour to fund nurseries in Cambridge is not sufficient to cover the cost of the care they are providing. The risks are that we see fewer free childcare places available to those that need it most, a reduction in the quality of care provided to children and a rise in the strain for nurseries and parents providing childcare.”

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Cambridge MP warns of local nursery closures as Government implements 30 hour free childcare rollout

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has today warned that underfunding by the government of its election pledge for free childcare is putting Cambridge nurseries at risk, and may...


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