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...
The decision to close Cambridge Magistrate’s Court was challenged in the House of Commons today by Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner. Mr Zeichner asked the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, David Gauke MP “why is he rushing to close courts, like the court in Cambridge“ before a thorough debate has been concluded around the alternative ways in which people will get access to the justice system.
The question by Mr Zeichner was raised in relation to recent proposals by the Ministry of Justice to increase the use of virtual courts as part of a modernisation process that will see the closure of court sites, including Cambridge Magistrates‘ Court. He urged the Government to look closely at a report from the Justice Select Committee published last week, which raised doubts about the new technologies being used to create so-called ‘virtual courts’, and urging caution in proceeding.
In the House of Commons Mr Zeichner said; “Last week the Justice Committee produced an excellent report highlighting some of the issues around the use of virtual Courts, they raised some very important issues. Why is he rushing to close courts, like the court in Cambridge, when we are yet to have that wider discussion around virtual courts?“
The response from Mr Gauke avoided any reference to the closing of the Magistrates‘ Court in Cambridge, which has seen local opposition from Mr Zeichner, legal experts and Cambridgeshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, but stated; “It is important we make progress using the court estates as sensibly as possible, they are under used. It does make sense that when resources are scarce we use them more efficiently.“
The report by the Justice Select Committee last week, and an open letter from Bob Neil MP (chairman of the Justice Select Committee) to Minister for Justice, Lucy Frazer MP, raised a number of issues relating to the proposals, and specifically virtual courts. One of the concerns raised by the committee was whether the use of virtual courts over traditional court based justice is currently suitable given the current lack of digital infrastructure and evidence to justify the move. The Committee has also said that those using Magistrates‘ Court should live within an hour’s travel time of the court, which would not be the case for Cambridge residents travelling to Peterborough as per the Ministry of Justice’s proposals.
Mr Zeichner urges Secretary of State David Gauke not make a decision until the issue of virtual courts had been properly discussed: “The closure of Cambridge Magistrate’s Court has no local support, and the alternatives are based on assumptions that have been called into question by the Justice Select Committee. In light of that advice, the Government should cancel the closure of Cambridge Magistrate’s Court now.”
The decision to close Cambridge Magistrate’s Court was challenged in the House of Commons today by Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner. Mr Zeichner asked the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has criticised the Housing Secretary’s plans to force councils to build more houses as "empty and flawed", and at odds with the Cambridgeshire Mayor's policy...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will tomorrow (Friday 2 March 2018) be visiting the Milton Tesco store where he will be hearing about local community work that aims to tackle food waste by providing people in need with a meal. Since 2012, Tesco has been in collaboration with the food waste organisation, FareShare, in an effort to redistribute surplus food to local communities. Mr Zeichner will be introduced to how the scheme works and how it is helping local communities in Cambridge.
Mr Zeichner says: "I am looking forward to hearing how local Tesco stores have been collaborating with FareShare to try and provide meals to my local constituents, while tackling the huge problem of food waste.“
“The large-scale waste of food is something that I think many of us feel needs addressing, especially when we know that more people are struggling to make ends meet to be able to feed their families. Many people are unhappy knowing that there is perfectly good food going in the bin, so I think this is a scheme that everyone can get behind and support.“
“I am already aware of organisations based in Cambridge that are benefiting directly from the FareShare project working out of the Milton Tesco store and have no doubt that many more could get involved. If we can reduce food waste, which is also good for the environment, and provide meals to people that need them then that's a great project.“
The scheme has integrated different areas of Tesco to extend their distribution channels to FareShare. The result of that is that Tesco and Fareshare have been involved in providing more than 88,000 meals across Cambridgeshire and 20 million nationally.
Alex Horne, Tesco’s Community Food Connection Coach in Cambridge said: “We know that Community Food Connection is making a real difference to the community in Cambridge by providing people in need with meals from food that would otherwise go to waste.
“With all Tesco stores now taking part in Community Food Connection there are more opportunities than ever for groups to benefit from the free food provided under the scheme. I would invite any group that thinks they could benefit from the scheme to contact FareShare, as we have the capacity to help even more good causes.”
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will tomorrow (Friday 2 March 2018) be visiting the Milton Tesco store where he will be hearing about local community work that aims to tackle food...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has responded to today’s announcement that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG is forecasting a deficit of £48.2 million for 2017/18, exceeding the £15.5 million deficit agreed with NHS England.
The additional £35m cash deficit in the local NHS revealed today shows why the Prime Minister was wrong to ignore warnings given last year by NHS England, says Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner. The local CCG admits in papers published today that the local NHS has had to deal with more patients at Addenbrookes, unexpected additional costs of medicines, and costs associated with the ongoing crisis in the care system.
Mr Zeichner says: "Last year, the Head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, explained to the Government how much the NHS would require to meet current need. The Prime Minister chose to ignore him - now we see the consequences, which is a local £35m deficit. It is quite affordable - some £2 billion nationally, when the Prime Minister has personally squandered £20 billion in lost income from foreign students. But the Government needs to take responsibility, rather than pass the buck to local managers, and make the resources available to ensure that hard-working local health staff can carry on caring for patients."
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG will be publishing the Governing Body papers for a meeting that will be held in public on Tuesday 6 March 2018.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has responded to today’s announcement that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG is forecasting a deficit of £48.2 million for 2017/18, exceeding the £15.5 million deficit agreed...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, pressed the Immigration Minister to abolish the Tier 2 visa cap again this week, following no answers from the government on the visa cap which rejects skilled STEM workers, despite them holding job offers in the UK.
Mr Zeichner said: "Given that the Tier 2 visa cap has been reached three times in the last three months, what does she say to employers like Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, who are desperate for skilled staff, find those people, and then find the government says they can’t come here? Is it really the government’s policy to deny the National Health Service the skilled people they need?"
Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes replied: "Well I’d like to reassure the Honourable gentleman that no range of medical professionals that are on the shortage occupation list have been refused a visa. What is important is that we keep this under review, and we look carefully to make sure that we recruit more doctors and more nurses within the UK, and my Right Honourable friend the Health Secretary is committed to doing exactly that, and making sure that there are an increased number of training places for both nurses and doctors."
Mr Zeichner comments: "The Minister mentioned the occupation shortage list – there’s clearly a problem if these job roles in the Intensive Care Unit, or elsewhere, are not on the list. Doctors are only recruited from overseas if posts cannot be filled in the UK, due to recruitment protocol and the costs involved. The Home Office cannot carry on applying this kind of bureaucracy if they’re not going to maintain it properly. Abolishing the cap would fix this, across the skilled work STEM areas."
"It’s also a simple question of logistics – it takes years to train doctors and nurses, which the government has failed to act on sufficiently over the last eight years. Committing to more training places isn’t going to solve the critical condition of NHS staffing today; we need action by the government to sort this problem now. "
The cap was reached in December 2017, and January and February 2018, causing skilled workers to have their immigration and visa applications rejected.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, pressed the Immigration Minister to abolish the Tier 2 visa cap again this week, following no answers from the government on the visa cap which...
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