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Daniel Zeichner MP met scientists from Cambridge University presenting their research at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, an annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in the UK. 

MP has explosive time with local scientists

Daniel Zeichner MP met scientists from Cambridge University presenting their research at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, an annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in... Read more

In the Commons Home Office minister James Brokenshire has said the government cannot reassure EU nationals whether they would be able to remain in Britain in the coming years.

Government message to EU nationals is down right irresponsible

In the Commons Home Office minister James Brokenshire has said the government cannot reassure EU nationals whether they would be able to remain in Britain in the coming years. Read more

This article was first published at: https://leftfootforward.org/2016/07/we-must-develop-a-progressive-vision-of-post-brexit-britain/

Friday 24 June was a bleak day for many people across the country. Almost everyone can recall when it was that they heard the news.

Some had spent a sleepless night watching the results come in with a mounting sense of disbelief and disillusionment; many awoke, switched on their phones or TV  and were astonished at the news that our country had rejected the most successful peace project of our time.

I am unwavering in my view that leaving the European Union is the wrong decision for both the city of Cambridge and for our country as a whole. I was proud that Cambridge people voted overwhelmingly to remain, and I will be respecting and reflecting that decision when a vote comes before Parliament.

I will also vote against any attempt to take Britain out of the single market, and against any deal which would damage Cambridge and its dynamic economy. It is my job as MP for Cambridge to represent the decision the people of Cambridge made, in every part of our city, to remain. That won’t change.

But we cannot just ignore the fact that over half of the country disagreed—even just up the road in other parts of Cambridgeshire—and voted to leave.

I and close colleagues spent months travelling around the region addressing hustings and meeting local people, and we were left in no doubt that many were going to vote Leave.

We need to formulate a progressive response which explains why there was such hostility to a system that, in the view of people in Cambridge, has helped to create an unparalleled period of peace and prosperity.  At least, for some.

And there is the rub – while some have prospered, others have been left behind. The last few years have been good for places where people move freely from country to country to do good jobs – but very tough for those who have seen their skills undercut by people very happy to do the job for much more than they would have got at home, but much less than local people rightly expected.   

Of course, it is also true that many were misled.

The Tory and UKIP Brexiteers constructed their campaign from lies, and within hours of the result that slapdash construction fell to pieces. In the aftermath of the referendum, Iain Duncan Smith relabeled the Leave campaign’s promises ‘a series of possibilities’.

Daniel Hannan said people expecting immigration to come down will be ‘disappointed’.

And, most infamously, the pledge of £350 million a week for the NHS emblazoned on the side of the Brexit battle bus has been thrown from Vote Leave to leave.eu and dropped like a hot potato.

Remainers were labelled Project Fear, but the aftershocks of the referendum are already severe. The pound plummeted to a 31 year low.

Anecdotally, I hear of companies already losing important investment. And sickeningly, racial abuse has rocketed across all regions of the country.

To many it seems unfathomable we have reached this point, unfathomable that our open, tolerant society has ruptured in this way. But it is no coincidence that we have seen the pattern in the UK replicated in Europe and the United States.

Countries are becoming increasingly polarised, and centrist politics are being rejected. The Front National in France, Jobbik in Hungary, and the Freedom Party in the Netherlands, among others, are taking heart from the Brexit vote.

The idea of Donald Trump as president – previously a favourite punchline in cities like Cambridge – is no longer impossible. There is a troubling growth in movements that are anti human rights, liberal democracy and internationalism. Brexit is just another symptom of a more profound problem in the West, and a genuine crisis of confidence.

So it is vital that progressive people in Britain and across Europe develop ideas for the post-Brexit landscape.

It is a particular opportunity for those with progressive politics because the Conservatives have spent their time in Government making the divisions in our country worse, not better – and it is those divisions that are at the root of the problem.

By every assessment, money has been taken from poorer areas of Britain and redistributed to richer areas – not a surprise, because that is what Conservative governments do. At the same time communities have faced rapid change, economically, technically and culturally.

In Cambridge we are surfing that wave but for others it is seen as a crashing blow.

The divide between rich and poor has become so dangerously large that the social divisions pose a real threat to the entire country, not just the poorer areas. Which is why an optimistic, forward-looking prospectus could once again appeal to parts of the country monopolised by the Tories for a couple of decades.

In swathes of the country, there are people who don’t want to see a country disunited, don’t want to see us cut off from our European friends, and appreciate that the wealth a successful globalised economy creates now has to be shared more fairly.

Leave campaigners had no answer for when Britain voted to leave, now we the 48 per cent must urgently formulate answers.

We face unprecedented challenges and huge numbers of questions. Is access to the single market a red line? Or retaining the European Arrest warrant? What about immigration? Food security? How will we fund science in the future?

That is why I have launched a consultation today looking at a number of key areas – the economy, the environment, security, immigration, science and research and our relationship with other progressive groups across Europe.

We need to work out the objectives, values and principles that we want to drive Britain’s post-Brexit vote policies.

We cannot allow the Conservative government to monopolise the post-Brexit vote discussion. We who believed in a social Europe still do, and equally we believe in a ‘social Britain’.

I am optimistic that something positive can come from the wreckage of this result, and that at its heart Britain can still be the inclusive and outward-looking place I have known it to be.

Our task is to seek to understand the causes of challenges being faced by communities across our country, and how we can best find and communicate the solutions to those problems.

I hope these first steps will begin the process of stitching the social fabric of our divided country back together.

What's left after Brexit?

This article was first published at: https://leftfootforward.org/2016/07/we-must-develop-a-progressive-vision-of-post-brexit-britain/ Friday 24 June was a bleak day for many people across the country. Almost everyone can recall when it was that they heard the...

foodbank.jpgLocal MP Daniel Zeichner launched a bumper community food drive at Tesco's eighth annual Neighbourhood Food Collection scheme.

The MP joined staff and shoppers at the Newmarket Road Tesco superstore, to collect food which will be donated to charity.

Stop hunger in Cambridge

Local MP Daniel Zeichner launched a bumper community food drive at Tesco's eighth annual Neighbourhood Food Collection scheme. The MP joined staff and shoppers at the Newmarket Road Tesco superstore, to... Read more

interview.jpgYesterday the people of Cambridge overwhelmingly voted to remain members of the European Union. I am so proud of our city. Thank you for everything you did to help the campaign. Of course, I am deeply saddened that the result in Cambridge was not replicated across the country.

I know across Cambridge many people are aghast at what has happened, as indeed are progressive people across the rest of the country and Europe.

Together we must seek to rebuild bridges.

Today I feel disappointed and know many are apprehensive. I don’t think this is the right direction for our country. The Conservatives are already making life harder for people through their ideological cuts and assault on our public services. Now, outside the EU, with an even more right wing prime minister, life will get tougher still.

Once again, thank you for your support, I am sorry it is not the result we wanted.

Referendum Result

Yesterday the people of Cambridge overwhelmingly voted to remain members of the European Union. I am so proud of our city. Thank you for everything you did to help the...

vote_remain_lab.jpgIt’s neck and neck in the polls.

To win nationally, it is absolutely vital that we get a resounding “Remain” vote in Cambridge Jobs, rights at work, lower prices, our NHS and Britain’s place in the world are under threat.

If Britain votes to leave, there is no going back.

Join our campaign:

On Tuesday 21nd June, meet at Cherry Hinton Hall Carpark at 2pm for our mass delivery day and come to Alex Wood Hall, Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD at 5.30pm for our phone bank.

On Wednesday 22nd June, come to Alex Wood Hall, Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD at 5.30pm for our phone bank.

On Thursday 23rd June, here is how you can help:

6.45am - 8.00am: Leafleting commuters at Cambridge Railway Station

8.00am - 10am: Pick up morning of poll leaflets to deliver in target areas from Alex Wood Hall, Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD

Door knocking in our priority campaign centres is taking place:

10am - 9.30pm: 175 Cherry Hinton High Street

10am - 9.30pm: 158 Nuns Way,

10am - 9.30pm: 74 Alpha Road,

You can also join the phone bank at Alex Wood Hall Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD any time between 10am and 9.30pm.

Help Remain win

It’s neck and neck in the polls. To win nationally, it is absolutely vital that we get a resounding “Remain” vote in Cambridge Jobs, rights at work, lower prices, our...

Today's devastating news is heartbreaking. Jo was a good colleague who was elected to Parliament at the same time as me.

She was a graduate of the University of Cambridge so is well known to many people here.

Jo was just doing her job: standing up for the people and the community she represented.

It is too soon to answer the questions about how and why she died. On this terrible day our hearts go out to Jo's husband and two young children. Our thoughts are with them as we all struggle to take in this awful, incomprehensible news.

Jo Cox

Today's devastating news is heartbreaking. Jo was a good colleague who was elected to Parliament at the same time as me. She was a graduate of the University of Cambridge...

Local MP Daniel Zeichner has urged the Government to stick to their guns and reject a revised application to use neonicotinoid pesticides.

Three neonicotinoids - thiamethoxam, clothianidin and imidacloprid - have been banned in the EU after they were implicated in the collapse of honey bee populations.

New attempt to overturn bee-harming pesticide ban

Local MP Daniel Zeichner has urged the Government to stick to their guns and reject a revised application to use neonicotinoid pesticides. Three neonicotinoids - thiamethoxam, clothianidin and imidacloprid - have... Read more

The Government have shown a blatant disregard for Cambridge motorists and the local economy says Daniel Zeichner MP.

A14 Go Slow - Government Don't Care

The Government have shown a blatant disregard for Cambridge motorists and the local economy says Daniel Zeichner MP. Read more

rosemary.jpgSurprise guest Daniel Zeichner MP dropped in to a very special birthday party at a care home to greet a Cambridge centenarian. 

Happy 100th Birthday Rosemary!

Surprise guest Daniel Zeichner MP dropped in to a very special birthday party at a care home to greet a Cambridge centenarian.  Read more

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