Cambridge MP calls for the Prime Minister to apologise to the people of Cambridgeshire for crisis in local hospital
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has said that the Prime Minister, Theresa May, should be apologising to people of Cambridgeshire during her visit to Addenbrooke's today. While any additional money...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will visit Benet’s café this Friday (6th April) at 11:30am to trial out the cafe’s reusable coffee cup scheme that earns customers a 50p discount...
The Government has come under fire for failing Syrian refugees offered sanctuary in Cambridge.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, wrote to Home Secretary Amber Rudd in August 2017, on behalf of the Cambridge City Council to ask for support in helping Syrian refugee families that had been accepted to the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement scheme to reunify in Cambridge.
The letter asked the Home Office to provide support in funding the moves of some Syrian refugees from other areas of the UK to Cambridge, so that they can be reunited with their families who have been settled in the city. Two Syrian families are currently split between Sheffield and Cambridge, and the Council wants to help them get back together.
When, in November, Mr Zeichner had not had any reply to his letter, he followed up with a second. This again went unanswered.
Mr Zeichner finally received a reply on the 29th of March, seven months after his original contact , only to be told: "There is not an exceptional fund to facilitate the voluntary movement of refugees from one local authority to another".
Mr Zeichner says: "It’s completely unacceptable that the Home Office took more than half a year to respond to a simple question, and then offered such a poor response. You can't help but conclude that the Government don’t want to work with MPs and Local Authorities, but against them."
Cllr Lewis Herbert says "All a Syrian family in Cambridge wanted was to be reunited with their relatives in Sheffield who were being helped under the same refugee assistance scheme. Instead of helping, the Home Office has blocked this, while taking over half a year to respond, which was unfair on everyone. Our experience has shown that re-uniting families helps them to settle in and integrate more quickly, and also provides good support for each other including in finding work."
"People in Cambridge want to do much more to help Syrian refugees fleeing bombing by the Assad regime. What they, and the council, needs is a Government that reunites families and provides the support needed to give refugees real hope for the future."
Cambridge City Council Leader and MP slam Home Office’s lack of support for Syrian Refugees after no response for seven months
The Government has come under fire for failing Syrian refugees offered sanctuary in Cambridge. Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, wrote to Home Secretary Amber Rudd in August 2017, on behalf...
Cambridge MP calls for greater efforts to eliminate discrimination on 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has today remembered the civil rights activist, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, on the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr Zeichner says...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, today visited Downing Street with members of the National Pensioners‘ Convention, to hand in giant birthday cards from pensioners showing their support for the National Concessionary Travel Scheme Bus Pass for pensioners.
The scheme was introduced ten years ago, following years of lobbying by pensioners, including a long-running campaign in and around Cambridge to secure a national scheme to replace piecemeal local schemes.
Mr Zeichner says: "It’s great to be able to celebrate the bus pass, brought in by the last Labour government to allow older people to get around. It was the product of Labour policy which many of us helped develop in the East of England. It has proved durable and popular, and at successive elections, the major political parties have promised that it should be maintained. We must always be vigilant, however, as there will always be some who want to take it away."
"I’d love to see this scheme extended to younger people too, a policy that I think would really help young workers, apprentices and students. More people use buses each day across the country than any other form of public transport – it’s time the Government recognised this and acted to support young people’s access to local transport."
Research from Greener Journeys revealed that every £1 spent on the Bus Pass generates £2.87 in benefits to bus passengers and the economy.
Cambridge MP at Downing Street with National Pensioners’ Convention to celebrate 10 years of the Bus Pass
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, today visited Downing Street with members of the National Pensioners‘ Convention, to hand in giant birthday cards from pensioners showing their support for the National...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, took the Government to task on its proposals to close courts in Cambridge and across the UK in a debate this morning in Parliament.
The Ministry of Justice are currently consulting on their proposals to close Cambridge Magistrates‘ Court, claiming that the Court is under-utilised. Mr Zeichner and the Cambridge Labour Party have been campaigning against these proposals, highlighting the importance of local access to local justice, and the need to support vulnerable people in the justice system.
The proposals suggest moving cases from Cambridge to courts in Huntingdon and Peterborough, which could mean up to a three-hour round trip, along with added travel expenses, for Cambridge residents using the courts.
Daniel Zeichner MP told Parliament "The Government’s plans were met with astonishment and universal opposition in Cambridge. The Court is under-utilised because of lack of staff leading to long delays in scheduling cases. Cambridge Magistrates‘ Court should stay open."
Mr Zeichner comments: "I don’t always agree with the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, but even he has criticised this Conservative Government’s plans, calling them "disappointing" and "concerning". These proposals will disproportionately affect lower-income individuals, and could even hold back those who have been victims of crime from seeking justice.“
"This is a political choice. The Government have chosen to restrict staffing through a lack of resource at Cambridge Magistrates‘ Court, which means that it cannot operate to its full capacity, which creates what looks like under-utilisation on paper. However, it often takes many months for cases to come to Court – there is no shortage of demand for court use. The fact is, that this Government are more focused on scrimping on rent on the Court building, than they are on providing resources which would allow it to run properly, and give Cambridge residents the access to justice they deserve.“
The Ministry of Justice’s consultation ends on Thursday 29th March and can be found here, where you can also make a submission: https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/cambridge-magistrates-court-proposal-on-future/
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, took the Government to task on its proposals to close courts in Cambridge and across the UK in a debate this morning in Parliament. The...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has criticised the Department for Transport’s statement, released by Minister Nusrat Ghani MP, which does not commit to protecting wheelchair users‘ rights in law when they use buses.
The government have announced that it will "develop proposals" to ensure that wheelchair users can access busses. Daniel Zeichner MP, who led for Labour on the Bus Services Bill this time last year, comments that this is "just more stalling, which is letting down disabled passengers who are being held back by a lack of protection in the law". The government’s Task and Finish group on this issue recommended legislating to give drivers the tools they need to protect disabled passengers‘ rights. Responding to this, the Department’s statement said they would "work closely with stakeholders" to develop their plans.
Mr Zeichner says:
"Labour tabled an amendment to the Bill to address this very problem, this time last year. Now the Bus Services Act has passed into law without this crucial change – because the Conservatives refused to back us. I tabled New Clause 4, which would have forced bus operators to make sure that adjustments are made for any disabled passenger on the bus. By refusing to act even now, they are really letting down wheelchair users a year down the line. "
Still no certainty for wheelchair users on buses, one year on from Government rejection of Labour amendments to Buses Bill
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has criticised the Department for Transport’s statement, released by Minister Nusrat Ghani MP, which does not commit to protecting wheelchair users‘ rights in law when...
Cambridge MP pays tribute to Stephen Hawking; 'an inspirational scientist, with a powerful social conscience'
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has today paid tribute to world-renowned scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking, who passed away in the early hours of the morning in his home in Cambridge at the age of 76. Professor Hawking dedicated his life to science and discovery.
Mr Zeichner said: “It was a true privilege to have met Professor Stephen Hawking, and today the world has lost an extraordinary man. His contributions to science will live in history forever, as will his passion for people. He was quite simply an inspirational scientist, with a powerful social conscience and he encapsulated everything that is Cambridge."
"My deepest condolences go to his family and loved ones, and his contribution to this city will not be forgotten. “
Cambridge MP pays tribute to Stephen Hawking; 'an inspirational scientist, with a powerful social conscience'
Cambridge MP pays tribute to Stephen Hawking; 'an inspirational scientist, with a powerful social conscience' Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has today paid tribute to world-renowned scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking, who passed...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, says the Chancellor's Spring Statement does nothing to solve the growing crisis in public services. At 12:30pm today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has today submitted Freedom of Information requests to each of the 29 Cambridge University colleges, asking for their current gender pay gap.
Last summer, Cambridge University revealed that its pay gap remained at over 18%. For academics across the country, the gap stands at 12% and has been slowly decreasing in the last few years. The Universities and Colleges Union says that this equates to a shortfall of £6,103 per year for each female academic. In total, this equals £528 million per year. The gap is also larger at older Universities such as the University of Cambridge, at an average of 16.3%.
Mr Zeichner says: "It’s important to remember that the University of Cambridge is so much more than just academics – the staff who keep the colleges going are often on much lower wages, and are often overlooked by gender pay gap reporting."
"As many of us agree, International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate how far we’ve come, while recognising that we still have a long way to go. By making this information public, we can support colleges which are doing well at eliminating gender pay disparity while encouraging those which have work to do in this area to address the issue. "
"There are so many tireless and brilliant women campaigning for equality all over Cambridge – we must all support this cause together, and give it the platform it deserves."
Daniel Zeichner MP asks Cambridge Colleges to reveal their Gender Pay Gaps on International Women’s Day
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has today submitted Freedom of Information requests to each of the 29 Cambridge University colleges, asking for their current gender pay gap. Last summer, Cambridge...