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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 to tackle cancer is always welcome, the Labour MP says that the Prime Minister herself bears personal responsibility for the problems that have dogged the hospital and local health services in recent months.
 
Mr Zeichner says: "Despite heroic efforts from staff, Addenbrooke's has been in a near-crisis state for many months, with operations cancelled and very over-crowded emergency services. Theresa May was told by NHS England last year exactly what was needed, and she ignored their advice. The outcome of that was Cambridgeshire's CCG announcing a £48 million deficit for the last financial year."
 
"To add insult to injury, in the face of a recruitment crisis, key staff recruited from outside the EU were not allowed to come here to work in intensive care because of Mrs May's cap on immigration. At the same time, the number of people unable to leave hospital has shot up because of the crisis in social care, caused by cuts to local councils made by Mrs May and her government. She is personally responsible for the hardship our hospital and patients are experiencing. She owes everyone in Cambridgeshire an apology."

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 with every purchase. Mr Zeichner will experience first hand how customers are benefiting from a saving on their caffeine hit, whilst reducing waste and helping the environment.
 
Mr Zeichner said: “Tackling plastic and other unnecessary waste has shot right up the agenda. We are all becoming more aware of how our every day habits are devastating the environment and I think the public are much more receptive to the sorts of changes we need to make if we are to address this.
 
“If we are going to get a grip of the impact that human activity is having on the environment, we need to come up with smarter ways of doing things. The reusable coffee cup scheme is a perfect example of that. Not only will using your own cup save you 50p when you buy your coffee but it will also reduce the amount of coffee cups that go in the bin – that’s a lot of perks to me. 
 
“I want to congratulate Benet’s for taking on this scheme as I have no doubt that it is much harder for independent shops to do this than the chain coffee shops. They are promoting environmentally conscious consumerism and I think customers will respond positively to that. I want to see the Government take stronger action on this because in my opinion they have been all froth and no substance so far and we need to see more action, faster!
 
Every year 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away in the UK, however less than 1 in 400 of these cups are recycled[i]. Public concern over waste disposal, and its impact for the environment, has increased in recent months putting the issue high up the political agenda. Recommendations from the Environmental Audit Committee earlier this year suggested a 25p ‘latte levy‘ be introduced on disposable cups to combat coffee cup waste. Increasingly businesses are introducing schemes to assist with the reduction of waste.

Cambridge MP reaps the BEANefits of local reusable coffee cup scheme

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...

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 that the world recognises Martin Luther King for his valour fighting racial inequality, but that the battle to eliminate discrimination is far from over.
 
Mr Zeichner says: “Today, it is important that we remember the long years of struggle that Martin Luther King, and his supporters, had to face to get equal rights under the law. For the vast majority of us today, the idea of being discriminated against based on the colour of your skin is an abhorrent practice that is unimaginable. The truth is however that discrimination and prejudice still exists across the world, and, sadly, in our country too“
 
“As the MP for Cambridge, I will always stand up and speak out against discrimination of any form. Whether it is religious hatred, the gender pay gap, or racial prejudices – discrimination in any guise must always be challenged.“
 
“Some years ago, I had the honour of meeting Jesse Jackson. He was with Martin Luther King the day he was shot. I was incredibly moved by his continued commitment to fighting for quite simply everybody. People like Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson have shown courage that had life threatening consequences. We must all take inspiration from their courage so that with each generation the shadows of discrimination that lurk in too many corners of society are eradicated.“
  
Discrimination must also be tackled in Cambridge. In the last few weeks, Mr Zeichner has signed and supported astatement by Imam Muhammed Amir Karim of the Abu Bakr Mosque, Cambridge. The statement condemned the recent distribution of the ‘Punish A Muslim Day‘ letter, which was circulated in the month of March to homes and businesses, as well as to 4 Muslim MPs.

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/

Cambridge MP challenges Cambridge Magistrates’ Court closure in Parliament

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 Hon Philip Hammond MP, delivered his first Spring Financial Statement in the House of Commons, in which no tax changes or budget announcements were made. Mr Hammond made predictions on the future of the economy, while failing to reference the ongoing crisis in the NHS and other public services.
 
Mr Zeichner said: “This statement was an insult to those doctors, nurses, teachers, cooks, cleaners and all public sector workerswho continue to deliver for Britain on lower budgets. The Chancellor of the Exchequer talked about a bright and positive future, but I want to know if he has been into a hospital or school recently which believes there is light at the end of the tunnel?“
 
“What more will it take for the Conservatives to understand that their ideological cuts are causing economic turmoil for many families across the country?"
 
“Just a couple of weeks ago Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG announced that they are facing a deficit of £48.2 million deficit, which was the result of the Prime Minister ignoring NHS England's assessment of what would be needed this year. Today we heard nothing about the crisis facing the NHS.“

Spring Statement no help to NHS

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...

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