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Home Office delays that leave Cambridge constituents trapped for months without their passports must be ended, says Cambridge Labour MP Daniel Zeichner. Quizzing Immigration Minister, Brandon Lewis in Parliament yesterday, Daniel demanded to know what he is doing to improve the shambolic immigration procedure which has badly affected Cambridge residents and businesses. 

Daniel said " I have a number of constituents who have family members who have applied for visas, submitted their passports and then endured very long delays - in some cases, many months - without their passports - so in effect they are trapped, unable to travel. What is UKVI going to do about these cases?"

The Immigration Minister responded that reviewing identity documents such as passports was an important part of maintaining a robust immigration system, but that the government would be happy to return their passports if needed for travel or certified copies for ID purposes. 

Daniel commented, "This is not he experience of my constituents. I have had cases where the Home Office has kept my constituent's family members' passports for many months and say that is the document is returned, the entire process will be invalidated, leading to months of more trauma further down the line."

“In one case, the Home Office has had an individual’s documents for over 110 days, processing his visa to come and live in the UK with his partner; during this time he has not been able to leave his current country of residence for business or to see family – while his fiancé lives in a state of anxiety in Cambridge. The Home Office originally stated that the visa would be processed in between five and 60 days.”

“In another case, a constituent’s husband had a job lined up in Cambridge, wishing to move here from abroad to be with her. The visa took 5 months to process, and so he lost the job offer due to the delay. He also nearly lost his job in Australia due to his passport being in the hands of the Entry Clearance Office.”

“The government know there’s a problem, and need to rethink the system, not just attempt to paper over the cracks to hide their blatant failings.”

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Cambridge MP quizzes Government on immigration failings

Home Office delays that leave Cambridge constituents trapped for months without their passports must be ended, says Cambridge Labour MP Daniel Zeichner. Quizzing Immigration Minister, Brandon Lewis in Parliament yesterday,...

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge will today head down to Mill Road and join the public for a tour of Europe's first ever Eco-Mosque, which is currently under construction. 

Daniel Zeichner said, "I am look forward to putting on the hard hat and hi-vis jacket today and seeing how the site is progressing. The environmental credentials of the mosque are really something to champion and as a City we should welcome buildings that are incorporating Eco values into the premise of their design."

The building is set to open in November 2018 and once open will be able to hold a congregation of up to 1,000 men and women and will have a cafe, teaching area and meeting rooms for use by the whole community. 

Time Winter, chairman of the Cambridge Mosque Trust also attended one of the tours and in a statement from the Cambridge Mosque Project noted "Islamic civilisations has been based on the rejection of waste as an underestimation of God's blessing. This idea is central to the principles behind the design of the mosque."

Cambridge MP to join Tour of Europe's First Ever Purpose-Built Eco Mosque

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge will today head down to Mill Road and join the public for a tour of Europe's first ever Eco-Mosque, which is currently under construction. ...

Daniel Zeichner, Labour's Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has heavily criticised the County Council, calling their recent consultation on Children's Centres a "sham" after if emerged that they will maintain their proposal to close 4 children's centres in Cambridge, despite responses indicating that parents do not support the 're-designation of services in the city.

Daniel says "I am dismayed that the County Council has not made any alterations to their initial proposals in terms of the number of children's centres they are planning to close in the city, especially after the responses indicated that parents are not happy with their offer. What is the point in having a consultation if they are not going to take on board what is said. It is quite frankly a sham!"

Details of the 2,280 responses received during the 10 week-long consultation on Children's Centres were revealed yesterday on the County Council's website. This release comes ahead of the Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday 17th October where the proposals will face a full vote on whether to close 19 centres across the county in a bid to save £900,000 across Cambridgeshire.

The summary report illustrates a lack of support for the changes to Cambridge city. 1,356 responded with 60.2% opposing the proposals and a further 18% unsure. Furthermore it was highlighted that respondents wanted to maintain services at Romsey Mill, Howerton, Fawcett and Cherry Hinton. However, the County has not made any concessions on keeping any of these sites. 

Daniel says, "I have visited all the children's centres in the City and it is very clear that the fantastic support these services provide is invaluable to the local community, vulnerable or not. Inevitably these short-term cuts will undo all the excellent work that is currently being done in the City, with inevitable long-term higher costs. 

Once again, I ask the Conservative County Council to think again about what will happen once these services are gone and I urge them to thing again about the cutting of vital services across Cambridge and our county."

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Cambridge MP slams "Sham Consultation" on Children's Centres

Daniel Zeichner, Labour's Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has heavily criticised the County Council, calling their recent consultation on Children's Centres a "sham" after if emerged that they will maintain...


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