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Nurseries will not offer extended free childcare planned by the government if a funding gap is not plugged warned local MP Daniel Zeichner.

The Childcare Bill is due to roll out an extra 15 hours of childcare per week in termtime for three and four year olds in 2017. However government underfunding of the scheme means many nurseries may struggle to provide the extended free care for youngsters.

Under-funding means childcare pledge won't work

Nurseries will not offer extended free childcare planned by the government if a funding gap is not plugged warned local MP Daniel Zeichner. The Childcare Bill is due to roll... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP has welcomed the news that the National Audit Office will investigate the collapse of the Uniting Care Contract. 

Mr Zeichner had called for the independent organisation to conduct a full review.

National Audit Office to investigate Uniting Care collapse

Daniel Zeichner MP has welcomed the news that the National Audit Office will investigate the collapse of the Uniting Care Contract.  Mr Zeichner had called for the independent organisation to... Read more

A leaked government memo has revealed that some of Britain’s most prestigious universities do not offer a high enough “quality and intensity of teaching” to charge students £9,000 a year.

Kids miss out with Cameron’s Higher education policy

A leaked government memo has revealed that some of Britain’s most prestigious universities do not offer a high enough “quality and intensity of teaching” to charge students £9,000 a year.... Read more

The Foreign Secretary refused to give an assurance that there would be no return of Libyan soldiers to Bassingbourn and failed to answer what had happened to missing cash from the Libyan authorities in Parliament.

Foreign Secretary won't rule out return of Libyan soldiers

The Foreign Secretary refused to give an assurance that there would be no return of Libyan soldiers to Bassingbourn and failed to answer what had happened to missing cash from... Read more

Daniel Zeichner attended a cross-party event in Parliament to support the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign which is seeking to change the law to provide additional employment protection for terminally ill workers.

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Daniel Zeichner backs the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign to protect terminally ill workers

Daniel Zeichner attended a cross-party event in Parliament to support the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign which is seeking to change the law to provide additional employment protection for terminally... Read more

Article first published in the Guardian

Why do I care about our future in Europe? Because it’s in my blood. In my mind, I see my grandfather sitting on the wall a century ago opposite the familiar scene of King’s College, Cambridge, reading. An agricultural labourer from a working-class family in Shepreth, self-taught, like so many of his generation. Hungry for learning – but shut out from great institutions like the University of Cambridge. I have many of his Penguin paperbacks, which my mother saved, now dry and dusty. They still have bus tickets acting as bookmarks, from when he would read on his way to and from work. Like so many of his generation, his life was shattered by the disaster of the First World War. He went on to lose his leg at Passchendale after standing knee-deep in trench water for months on end. I can still remember growing up and seeing the stump, and reading his diaries in which he recounted the horrors of going over the top, knowing full well he and his friends would be walking straight into waiting machine guns.

These experiences starkly illustrate just how quickly a generation’s fortunes can be transformed. My grandfather was thrust from working and educating himself into a brutal war and needless tragedy. It took another world war for far-sighted politicians in Europe to come together in its aftermath and make a determined attempt to set up structures to make sure the atrocities they had experienced would not be visited upon a future generation. For me, this simple argument for peace will always trump any criticism of the EU’s bureaucratic frustrations and it legislative complexities. For my granddad and his mates, peace was worth having.

My generation has been more fortunate. I went to King’s College at Cambridge, read History, and now I’m proud to represent the constituency of Cambridge in Parliament. I know first-hand that Cambridge is home to exemplary universities and schools, as well as a buzzing hub of research labs, bio-tech companies and innovation centres. Education, research, invention: the keys to both Cambridge’s economy and collective identity. Brexit would be, simply put, catastrophic – not only for Cambridge, but for other universities around the UK, for our country’s academic reputation and broad knowledge base.

Why the EU matters for universities

Article first published in the Guardian Why do I care about our future in Europe? Because it’s in my blood. In my mind, I see my grandfather sitting on the... Read more

The collapse of the controversial Uniting Care project in Cambridgeshire last year may have cost local people in Cambridgeshire as much as £14m according to the latest investigation, which reveals that NHS England didn't really know what was going on. The report, commissioned by NHS England, says a further investigation is needed into advisers, including the controversial Strategic Projects Team, itself an arm of NHS England.

NHS England report reveals Uniting Care collapse cost taxpayers £14m

The collapse of the controversial Uniting Care project in Cambridgeshire last year may have cost local people in Cambridgeshire as much as £14m according to the latest investigation, which reveals... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP has visited Barclay’s “Eagle Lab” in Cherry Hinton today. The lab is kitted out with event space and all the latest equipment including a laser cutter, vinyl cutter and a 3D printer.

Cambridge digital Eagles soaring high

Daniel Zeichner MP has visited Barclay’s “Eagle Lab” in Cherry Hinton today. The lab is kitted out with event space and all the latest equipment including a laser cutter, vinyl... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP has met two Cambridge professors and a Cambridge mum and baby today and saw their potentially lifesaving app.

Is your baby really ill – there’s an app for that

Daniel Zeichner MP has met two Cambridge professors and a Cambridge mum and baby today and saw their potentially lifesaving app. Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP gave a progress report on the new Cambridge North Station as he visits the construction site.

Behind the Scenes look at Cambridge North construction

Daniel Zeichner MP gave a progress report on the new Cambridge North Station as he visits the construction site. Read more

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