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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...

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday about the future of the UK taxi trade and the complexities of the regulatory system as shown by the Law Commissioner’s Report and its 300 pages.

 

Bashing the ‘almost total’ confusion in the mind of the public between Private Hire Vehicles and taxis, Mr Zeichner commended the work done by Cambridge Labour, in particular by Councillors Jeremy Benstead, Kevin Blencowe and Gerri Bird, who were of great help, and thanked local taxi and PHV drivers and community, especially Paul Bradley and Rashel Mohammed.

 

Mr Zeichner highlighted problems with the Deregulation Act 2015 especially when it comes to bookings being handled by a third party: “Booking can be passed on to someone else, which may seem like a good idea in terms of efficiency, but it means you just don’t know what you’re getting. Frankly, if you go to a supermarket checkout with a box of jaffa cakes, and they were substituted for an own-brand at that point, and you were told it was the same thing, actually, it’s not. It’s not what you bought.” 

 

He spoke about the difficulties facing guide dog owners and referring to the speeches and work done by colleagues Wes Streeting MP and Andrew Gwynne MP he called on the Government to do more to ensure taxi drivers welcome everyone in their cabs.

 

Ending by saying that he hopes to see “a substantial piece of legislation” to deal with issues of cross-border hiring given the consensus on national standards both in the LGA and the relevant APPG, Mr Zeichner announced that he is presenting a Private Member’s Bill “to make provision about the exercise of taxi and private hire vehicle licensing functions in relation to persons about whom there are safeguarding or road safety concerns.”

 

You can watch Daniel Zeichner MP’s speech here: https://goo.gl/cPN7wQ

Daniel Zeichner MP speaks on future of taxi trade in Parliament and announced Bill on taxi licensing

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday about the future of the UK taxi trade and the complexities of the regulatory system as...

Cambridge’s MP Daniel Zeichner has today resigned from his Frontbench position to vote in favour of an amendment to the Queen’s Speech supporting membership of the Single Market.

Mr Zeichner said: “It is with great regret that I announce my resignation as Shadow Transport Minister. It has been an honour to serve and make a real difference especially in bus regulation.

“However my position on Europe has always been clear. I am a passionate pro-European and a straight-forward politician. 

“I promised the people of Cambridge I would stick to my principles and I would do right by our city - that means voting with my conscience and doing all I can to oppose the Tories’ extreme Brexit which would, in my opinion, damage our economy, our security and our society as a whole. 

“I will continue to make this case, and the case for the many progressive, radical Labour policies in our manifesto to transform our society, from the backbenches.”

Daniel Zeichner MP resigns as Shadow Minister to back European Single Market

Cambridge’s MP Daniel Zeichner has today resigned from his Frontbench position to vote in favour of an amendment to the Queen’s Speech supporting membership of the Single Market. Mr Zeichner...

Daniel Zeichner MP has backed calls to improve support for children’s mental health at school after it was revealed that three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem.

Daniel Zeichner MP backs children’s mental health campaign

Daniel Zeichner MP has backed calls to improve support for children’s mental health at school after it was revealed that three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP praised as ‘first class’ the performance of the city’s universities in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017.

The TEF is a Government-backed assessment of undergraduate teaching quality across all higher education institutions in England – including some in Scotland and Wales. The table features 134 higher education institutions and three alternative providers with university title.

Daniel Zeichner MP praises city’s ‘first-class’ performance in university Teaching Excellence Framework 2017

Daniel Zeichner MP praised as ‘first class’ the performance of the city’s universities in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017. The TEF is a Government-backed assessment of undergraduate teaching quality... Read more

Daniel Zeichner has slammed the “tawdry” supply-and-confidence agreement between the Conservatives and DUP after the General Election resulted in a hung Parliament and minority Conservative Government.

The Government announced that the DUP had secured an additional £1bn in funding for Northern Ireland in exchange for propping up Theresa May’s weak and wobbly administration.

Daniel Zeichner MP says Cambridge will lose out from “tawdry” DUP deal

Daniel Zeichner has slammed the “tawdry” supply-and-confidence agreement between the Conservatives and DUP after the General Election resulted in a hung Parliament and minority Conservative Government. The Government announced that... Read more

Daniel Zeichner has raised concern about the future of NHS nursing after the Government failed to bring forward funding to pay for 10,000 extra nurses.

The news comes after applications to study nursing in the 2017-18 academic year dropped by 23% following the abolition of student nursing bursaries. Instead, the Government announced it would make £800m available and pay for an extra 10,000 places partly by abolishing bursaries.

Daniel Zeichner MP raises concern about future of 10,000 extra nursing places

Daniel Zeichner has raised concern about the future of NHS nursing after the Government failed to bring forward funding to pay for 10,000 extra nurses. The news comes after applications... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP joined a local group supporting those suffering from Parkinson’s as well as their friends and relatives.

Daniel Zeichner MP addresses Cambridge Parkinson’s UK group

Daniel Zeichner MP joined a local group supporting those suffering from Parkinson’s as well as their friends and relatives. Read more

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