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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.

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... Read more

Labour MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner says that if there are any compulsory redundancies at Marshall Aerospace, then proper support must be provided for those affected, after the company announced today that they will begin a consultation proposing a reduction of jobs in the firm. 

Daniel Zeichner's response to Marshall Aerospace announcement that 300 families may be affected by proposed job losses

Labour MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner says that if there are any compulsory redundancies at Marshall Aerospace, then proper support must be provided for those affected, after the company announced today that... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge calls for the government to take proper responsibility over taxi licensing laws, after the news broke that Transport for London has refused to relicense Uber in London after their current license expires next week. 

However, Daniel warns that just because Uber will no longer be licensed in London, it doesn't mean that they will be unable to continue working there. Due to complicated and outdated laws, Local Authorities can only enforce against drivers that they license. If Uber drivers were to obtain licenses from near-by authorities and decided to carry on working in London, it would be hard for TFL to stop them. Many taxi and private hire unions and taxis are currently lobbying against this practice, known as 'cross-border working.'

Daniel, who is a member of the Transport Select Committee says, "the government has known for a long time that it needs to sort out taxi and private hire licensing, but has just dug its heels in and refused to act or make these tough decisions.

It's time for them to act, to protect authorities like TfL who are responsible for the safety of those using transport, but who don't have the power to actually kick out bad working practices. At the moment, they are risking TfL being exposed to 30,000 or 40,000 drivers licensed elsewhere but working in London.

I hope that my Private Members' Bill, entitled the Licensing of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill, will go some way to improving the industry's safety standards, but it's clear that the government really needs to act and provide a joined-up, coherent re-vamp of the rules. Some of the current laws date back to the Victorian times! I hope the government will support my Bill in February, but i also hope that this kind of brave move by TfL will push them into taking some sensible action. 

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Daniel's response to Uber losing its London license

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge calls for the government to take proper responsibility over taxi licensing laws, after the news broke that Transport for London has refused to relicense...

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge told Parliament that he would vote against the EU Withdrawal Bill as "it is increasingly said in parts of the country that we should not withdraw from the European Union at all, because it is not in our national interest to do so." 

"We should not withdraw from the EU as it is not in our national interest to do so"

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge told Parliament that he would vote against the EU Withdrawal Bill as "it is increasingly said in parts of the country that we should... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on Monday, calling on the government to strengthen protection for buyers of new homes.
 

Cambridge MP demands a demands a “rebalance of power” between builders and buyers of new homes

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on Monday, calling on the government to strengthen protection for buyers of new homes.   Read more

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has today warned that underfunding by the government of its election pledge for free childcare is putting Cambridge nurseries at risk, and may leave some parents paying more.

Cambridge MP warns of local nursery closures as Government implements 30 hour free childcare rollout

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has today warned that underfunding by the government of its election pledge for free childcare is putting Cambridge nurseries at risk, and may... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge and Chair of the Parliamentary Group on Big Data, warns that the Government's Brexit Paper on the future of data flows has evaded the key challenge.

The paper recognises that a failure to reach a mutual agreement with the EU, would leave many businesses at risk, but fails to deal with the key issue: currently, the UK as a member of the EU has the freedom to have tough government surveillance powers - something not available to other countries seeking agreements with the EU.

Cambridge video games sector at risk as Government Brexit Paper evades key issue

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge and Chair of the Parliamentary Group on Big Data, warns that the Government's Brexit Paper on the future of data flows has evaded the... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge warns the government that they must not take their eye off the ball when it comes to securing the free flow of personal data as part of the Brexit negotiations.

Cambridge MP warns the Government not to underestimate the challenge of securing a data protection adequacy agreement with the EU

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge warns the government that they must not take their eye off the ball when it comes to securing the free flow of personal data... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge welcomes the statement made today by both Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport regarding their commitment to Crossrail 2. After a productive meeting last week, the pair agreed that it is clear that London needs this new infrastructure to support its growth and allow it to continue as an economic powerhouse.

Cambridge MP welcomes Crossrail 2 progress, but vows to keep the pressure on the Government to deliver

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge welcomes the statement made today by both Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport regarding their commitment to Crossrail... Read more

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...

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