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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

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Daniel Zeichner MP said: "The unfolding events in Brussels are terrible.

My thoughts are with everyone affected and the emergency services that we all rely on at times like this.

As with the dreadful Paris attacks last year, again my mind immediately went back to the attacks in London. I was working nearby and heard the blast on the bus and later walked past. I will never forget that sickening scene. 

I know the people of Cambridge are standing shoulder to shoulder with the people of Brussels. We are united, we stand up for tolerance and diversity. Terrorists will never destroy our way of life and democracy must always win."

Cambridge stands with Brussels

Daniel Zeichner MP said: "The unfolding events in Brussels are terrible. My thoughts are with everyone affected and the emergency services that we all rely on at times like this....

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Daniel asks the government about Local Government Pension Schemes, which the Tories are interfering in. 

Daniel asks the Tories about local government government

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After listening to today's budget in the House of Commons, Daniel Zeichner MP said: 

"This was George Osborne 16th major economic statement to the House of Commons and he is still hell-bent on slashing services. He announced another £3.5 billion of cuts. 

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Cambridge MP, Daniel Zeichner and actress and presenter Linda Robson have joined forces to ‘get behind the daffodil’ this March and help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness.

Daniel Zeichner and Linda were pictured together with Marie Curie Nurses, Leonie Christian and Elisabeth Goze, at a parliamentary event in Westminster to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign.

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Local MP Daniel Zeichner and Linda Robson ‘get behind the daffodil’ for Marie Curie this March

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