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Speaking in the House of Commons, Daniel Zeichner quizzed the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, on the responsibility of Government in ensuring homeowners’ rights are protected when buying newly built homes. 
 
Mr Zeichner made reference to the “terrible stories in the national press” which reflect the issues faced by buyers after purchasing newly developed properties, such as holes in place of windows, inadequate insulation, floods and leaks, and the failure of development firms to rectify any shortfalls or offer compensation. 
 
He later commented on these declining standards: “People are having to wait months for repairs that should not be necessary in the first place and facing substandard living conditions when they have been promised quality homes. We must ensure that the rising demand for new homes is met with a consistently high standard of construction and consumer rights are secure throughout the process.”
 
Mr Zeichner questioned the Secretary of State: “why is it you can buy goods in a shop and you have powers of redress, but if you spend a fortune on a new home, you can sometimes struggle for months, if not years, getting what you paid for?”
 
The Secretary of State conceded, agreeing with Daniel Zeichner that more needs to be done in order to ensure buyers who experience such problems get “proper redress,” a matter he acknowledged “needs to be carefully looked at.”
 
Daniel Zeichner added that he is happy Mr Javid agrees with him on the issue, but is determined to maintain pressure on the Government to address this issue as much more is still needed to be done. 
 
You can watch the full exchange here: https://goo.gl/2bfxko

Cambridge MP argues for the development of more concrete rights for homeowners

Speaking in the House of Commons, Daniel Zeichner quizzed the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, on the responsibility of Government in ensuring homeowners’ rights...

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, quizzed the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, in the House of Commons this morning and asked him to pledge to end the use of the neonicotinoid pesticide which is killing off Britain's bee population.

Referencing research publicised recently in the peer review Journal of Science, Mr Zeichner added: “Can [the Secretary of State] also tell us whether the precautionary principle adopted by the European Union will be transposed into UK law?” referring to the Government’s Repeal Bill, which was published last week.

While saying that he shared Mr Zeichner’s commitment to ensure that the bee population are protected, the Secretary of State stopped short of announcing a ban.

Speaking outside the Chamber, Daniel Zeichner MP added: “This Government needs to do the right thing and ban the use of neonicotinoids, a move which is backed by scientific research.

“Michael Gove can claim all he likes that our current directives are in line with the science as he told me in his answer but the reality is that our bee population is dying and we need to do something quickly. Standing by just isn't an option.”

You can watch Daniel Zeichner MP’s speech here: https://goo.gl/gGpB91

Cambridge MP urges the Government to ban neonicotinoids to protect the bees

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, quizzed the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, in the House of Commons this morning and asked him to pledge to end the use of...

thumbnail_120717-CRUK_Westminster-MP-100-small.jpgDaniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has committed his support to help Cancer Research UK save more lives in his constituency and across the UK.

Mr Zeichner attended a parliamentary event held by Cancer Research UK in Westminster last week (Wednesday 12 July) to find out how he can keep cancer at the top of the new Parliament’s agenda. 

Over the course of this Parliament, two million people will be diagnosed with cancer across the UK, so Cancer Research UK needs political support in order to continue to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Cancer survival in the UK is still lagging behind other countries and too many cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully. 

At the event, Daniel Zeichner met some of Cancer Research UK’s dedicated volunteer Campaign Ambassadors. He found out that around 4,600 people are diagnosed with cancer each year across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, underlining the need for MPs to join the fight against the disease.

Daniel Zeichner MP said: “Cancer has a huge effect on people in Cambridge with around 2000 people dying each year across our county. The work pioneering therefore done by Cancer Research UK is helping tackle the situation head on.

“MPs and politicians can always do more but thanks to new treatments and high-quality research we are getting better and quicker at fighting cancer.

“One life lost to this terrible disease is one too many and that’s why I’m supporting Cancer Research UK in their mission to beat cancer sooner.”

Matt Davies, Cancer Research UK’s Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning said: “At Cancer Research UK, we’re resolute in our ambition to see 3 in 4 patients surviving cancer by 2034. To achieve this we need cancer at the top of the political agenda and so we’re grateful to Daniel Zeichner MP for helping to highlight the importance of research and action in beating the disease.

“Survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years. But there’s still so much more to do and we cannot do it alone. 

“Creating the right environment for cancer research alongside cancer prevention, early diagnosis and ensuring patients have access to the best possible treatments must be key priorities for the new Government.”

Cambridge MP takes CRUK pledge to beat cancer sooner

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has committed his support to help Cancer Research UK save more lives in his constituency and across the UK. Mr Zeichner attended a parliamentary...


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