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Following the High Court's ruling that Parliament must have a vote on whether the UK can trigger Article 50 to start the process of leaving the European Union Daniel Zeichner MP said:

 

"Three cheers for the High Court. Throughout the referendum campaign 'leave' campaigners talked about taking back control. But then the Tory Brexiteers tried to deny Parliament, which is sovereign, the right to a vote. I hope the Government now listen and abandon costly plans to appeal.  I look forward to the vote - when I will be voting in line with the wishes of the vast majority of Cambridge residents - to remain."

Three Cheers for the High Court

Following the High Court's ruling that Parliament must have a vote on whether the UK can trigger Article 50 to start the process of leaving the European Union Daniel Zeichner...

Daniel Zeichner MP has taken part in a charity static bike ride in Parliament to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. Daniel cycled 1.79 miles in 5 minutes as part of the event being hosted by the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) which aimed to get parliamentarians cycling for twelve 12 hours straight.

The bike ride took place from 08:00 to 20:00 in Westminster where 80 MPs, Peers and Parliamentary Officials took it in turns to cycle as far as they could in 5 minutes in an effort to reach the top spot on the leader board.

The money raised from the bike ride will help the Royal British Legion provide lifelong support for the armed forces community. The Poppy Appeal has the prestigious position of being the only charity to fundraise in Parliament.

Commenting on the event Daniel Zeichner MP said:

“I was great to get into the saddle to support the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal with a pedal power push.”

"I know the money raised will go far in supporting those who have served in the British Armed Forces and their families.”Poppy_Ride.jpg

Daniel Zeichner MP Gets On His Bike to Raise Money for Poppy Appeal

Daniel Zeichner MP has taken part in a charity static bike ride in Parliament to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. Daniel cycled 1.79 miles in 5 minutes as part of the...

Force chiefs have been talking to officers in the West Midlands about introducing Operation Close Pass in order to protect "vulnerable road users" from being overtaken too closely by motorists. Under the potential new iniative, cars that repeatedly are seen to be overtaking cyclists with less than the legal 1.5 m distance could face being prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge welcomed stricter enforcement to protect 'vulnerable road users', but also called for more investment in infastructure and quality road design for motorists and cyclists alike. 

Daniel Zeichner said:

"It is right that everyone obeys the rules, so I welcome any initiative from the police to ensure that there is proper enforcement. Motorists should always allow proper space, but we have all seen situations in Cambridge where that doesn’t happen. Enforcement is part of the answer, but good design is also important, to make it easier for both cyclists and motorists to travel safely."

"Operation Close Pass" will protect vulnerable road users

Force chiefs have been talking to officers in the West Midlands about introducing Operation Close Pass in order to protect "vulnerable road users" from being overtaken too closely by motorists....

This Halloween the ghosts of buses past haunt the roads of Britain.

The terrifying truth of the murder of Britain’s bus routes is clear after the failed experiment of bus deregulation which celebrates its grisly 30 year anniversary this week.

Daniel Zeichner MP will visit an out of use bus stop in Cherry Hinton (this Friday 28 October at 2pm at the junction of Bridewell Road and Colville Road) which he says highlights the problem of bus deregulation. It is a bus stop that local people consistently tell him they would like to use – but Stagecoach no longer run buses there – and there is nothing local communities can do about it.

Across the country, similar terrible tales are told. Since the 1980s, bus journeys outside London have halved - falling from around 2 billion to 1 billion a year. Many rural communities have had their buses completely scrapped.

The Bus Services Bill currently being debated in Parliament and Daniel Zeichner MP is calling for a change in the way buses are run in our country. He said:

“Buses are a vital public service and it’s about time the public had some say in how they’re run.

"Thanks to Tory deregulation, bus passengers have been blighted by rising fares and cuts to services for three decades.

“With the Bus Services Bill soon to arrive in the House of Commons, Labour will be taking the fight to the Tories and standing up for bus passengers.”

Ghost Bus-ters?

This Halloween the ghosts of buses past haunt the roads of Britain. The terrifying truth of the murder of Britain’s bus routes is clear after the failed experiment of bus...

Elderly patients who no longer need to be in hospital cannot be discharged due to cuts to social care which is in turn putting extra pressure on Addenbrooke’s.

 

Speaking in the Commons, Daniel Zeichner challenged the health secretary who visited Cambridge last week and asked if he had noticed the one hundred over 85s on the wards at Addenbrooke’s when they should have been out in the community.

 

There has been a 12% rise in the number of people over the age of 85 coming into A&E.

 

Daniel Zeichner MP said: “With winter fast approaching, the Government and the Conservative County Council need to come clean and acknowledge that their underfunding of social care is the root cause of problems in our NHS.

 

Addenbrooke’s is not the place to warehouse vulnerable elderly patients. Our elderly parents and grandparents deserve proper social care and wards need to be free for people who are ill.”

Cuts to social care pushing Addenbrookes to crisis point

Elderly patients who no longer need to be in hospital cannot be discharged due to cuts to social care which is in turn putting extra pressure on Addenbrooke’s.   Speaking...

Daniel Zeichner MP has welcomed the announcement from Cambridge Regional College that they are joining forces with Huntingdonshire Regional College following discussions within the Government’s Area Review of Further Education – but wants guarantees that both sites will be secure in the future and that the process will not be used to cut jobs. 
Mr Zeichner said: “This announcement is not entirely unexpected, and it is good news for Huntingdon that they are being paired with a college that continues to be well-regarded by OFSTED. The link-up looks to be a good fit which should help both institutions, but it is important that both sites are retained and that staff are properly protected.”  

Cambridge Regional College and Huntingdonshire Regional College join forces

Daniel Zeichner MP has welcomed the announcement from Cambridge Regional College that they are joining forces with Huntingdonshire Regional College following discussions within the Government’s Area Review of Further Education –...

At a launch of the latest report from the West Anglia taskforce  in Bishop's Stortford, Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner called  for the Government to accept the evidence and urgently stump up the cash for investment in the West Anglia Main Line.

 The West Anglia Taskforce recommendations call for a new station at Addenbrooke's and four-tracking the Liverpool Street rail line close to London in advance of Crossrail 2. With new airport capacity in the south east at least ten years away, the improvements will also allow unused capacity at Stansted to be used effectively.

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner said:

“With the new rail franchise in place, it is now vital that the line is improved. Investing in the West Anglia Main Line will cut journey times for Cambridge commuters and help growth in the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor.

“We need to get the right infrastructure in place to position Cambridge and the region as the place in the world to do business especially in the technology and bioscience sectors. We urgently need fast and reliable transport to connect people to places.

“The importance of excellent transport links cannot be overstated, particularly following the Brexit vote.”

Cambridge MP calls for better connectivity now

At a launch of the latest report from the West Anglia taskforce  in Bishop's Stortford, Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner called  for the Government to accept the evidence and urgently stump...

Major changes to the funding system for nurseries, preschools and childminders have been set out by Government. 

But nursery schools in Cambridge fear that an unintended consequence of the changes could lead to the end of nursery schools staffed by qualified teachers.

Daniel Zeichner MP met local nursey staff to discuss their concerns at The Fields Children's Centre.

Currently Cambridge nursery schools are classified as schools. They must have a governing body, have qualified teachers and be run by a Head Teacher. As a school they get a lump sum of money from Cambridgeshire County Council to run their services. However this would not be permitted under the new funding formula.

Research shows that nursery schools with qualified staff have a positive impact on the quality of early years provision, especially for children from disadvantaged areas and with complex education or medical needs.

Rikke Waldau, Head of The Field's Children's Centre fears if the proposals go ahead it will mean that all the nursery schools in Cambridgeshire will find themselves in dire financial difficulties.

 She says: “We are already struggling, but this proposal is in fact the nail in the early education ‘coffin’. We will no longer be able to operate as a school.”

Daniel Zeichner MP said: “Early years cannot be about trying to warehouse children whose parents are at work. The government must understand you don’t get good nurseries on the cheap. A well-qualified workforce is vital to ensure that standards rise in the nursery sector and children get the best start in life.”

Please sign the petition at: www.danielzeichner.co.uk/nursery

Cambridge nursery schools under threat

Major changes to the funding system for nurseries, preschools and childminders have been set out by Government.  But nursery schools in Cambridge fear that an unintended consequence of the changes could...

cat_protect.jpgDaniel Zeichner MP met cute kitty Carro to help launch a campaign to raise awareness of the true cost of kittens and call on the Government to change the law. The cheerful black and white moggie is owned by Nicci Townley Branch Coordinator of the Cambridge Cats Protection who adopted her as a kitten.

Sadly Carro had been sold too young and had become ill, her owners couldn't cope and Nicci had to step in. Today Carro is full of life and wants to make sure other cats don't go through what she did.

Unfortunately there are people who, more motivated by money than welfare, are selling kittens that are sick and often far too young to be separated from the mother cat. Buyers report paying hundreds of pounds to private sellers for kittens that are ill and/or under eight weeks old.

Daniel Zeichner MP said: “The true cost of a kitten to a purchaser can be the heartbreak of buying a kitten that becomes sick – and in some cases dies – and facing significant vet bills.”

The Government is reviewing the law governing the sale of pets for the first time in over 60 years. Nicci Townley from Cats Protection will explain their charity wants to see better safeguards for the commercial sale of all types of cats across the board including banning the sale of kittens under eight weeks and a clear definition of commercial pet sales to protect the welfare of cats and kittens.

To back the campaign please collect a postcard from The Cat Flap (Charity Shop), 172 Mill Rd, Cambridge, CB1 3LP or sign up online at http://www.cats.org.uk/truecostofkittens

Help change the law to prevent the sale of sick and underage kittens

Daniel Zeichner MP met cute kitty Carro to help launch a campaign to raise awareness of the true cost of kittens and call on the Government to change the law....

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner had the chance to see behind the steering wheel in a behind the scenes tour of Cambridge car rental company Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Swann's Road Cambridge CB5 8JZ.

During his visit, Mr. Zeichner met the branch manager, and find out how the rental car industry is taking safety and customer service to the next gear. 

Daniel Zeichner, who is also a Shadow Transport Minister, also had a chat with the staff about changes and challenges to the rental car industry over the next few years, especially with developments in autonomous cars, and green fuel emissions. 

 Daniel said “It's great to see companies like Enterprise taking the driving seat in vehicle safety, green emissions, and customer care.”

 

MP in driving seat at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner had the chance to see behind the steering wheel in a behind the scenes tour of Cambridge car rental company Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Swann's Road Cambridge CB5...

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