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Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will attend today’s (17th February 2018) ‘Arbury Swap, Collect and Fix-Fest’ at 13:30 in a bid to support the battle against waste, which will be a key fight in winning the war on climate change. The event being overseen by Cambridge Carbon Footprint and hosted by the Arbury Community Centre (Campkin Road, Cambridge CB4 2LD) will see local residents come by and help their household items live another day.

Events will start from 11am in the morning, with Mr Zeichner attending the First Arbury Repair Café at 13:30. He will bring with him an item to be fixed by one of the 18 repairers on hand to fix electrical, household items, bikes, clothes and books.

Daniel said: “I am delighted to be supporting this event and would like to congratulate the partners involved in working to make this all come together. Tackling the amount of unnecessary waste we throw away will be pivotal in the war against climate change and events like this is just what we need in order to promote the right attitude to address this.”

“This is a great initiative. Not only does recycling your household items reduce waste and help the planet, but it is also great for the bank account. I am looking forward to the repairers trying to fix my IPAD and seeing it live another day!”

 

Cambridge MP attends Arbury Swap, Collect and Fix-Fest and joins constituents in the battle against waste

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will attend today’s (17th February 2018) ‘Arbury Swap, Collect and Fix-Fest’ at 13:30 in a bid to support the battle against waste, which will be...

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has welcomed the announcement made today by Cambridge University that they will be seeking accreditation to become a Real Living Wage employer. The university has been paying the living wage to all directly employed university staff since 2014, but not to contractors. By becoming accredited the University will extend its commitment to contractors and subcontractors.
 
The move came following the initiation of a ‘Grace‘, signed by 228 member of the Regent House, which called for the University to seek accreditation as a Real Living Wage employer. Labour councillors, the Cambridge University Students‘ Union, and the Cambridge Universities‘ Labour Club have all campaigned to support the accreditation of the University for several years.
 
Mr Zeichner says: "This is great news for all those working for the University and for the city of Cambridge as a whole. Cambridge University is a key employer and it is a significant step forward in this high-cost City that they will now be guaranteeing all their staff, including contractors, the Real Living Wage.

Congratulations to the students, trade unions and staff that have supported this campaign and got us to this point. I think we can all be proud that with strong leadership from the City Council Cambridge has a growing list of employers becoming accredited Living Wage employers.

I hope it is not long until all colleges follow the example set by the University today and sign up to the Real Living Wage. As it stands, only two of the colleges are accredited Living Wage Employers and that is not good enough.”

At a meeting on 22 January 2018, the University of Cambridge Council supported the University seeking accreditation from the LivingWage Foundation this academic year. Full implementation of payment of the Real Living Wage could take up to three years, as contracts are renewed and renegotiated, and therefore the Council will publish a Notice providing an update on the progress of implementation in the Lent Term 2019.
 

Daniel Zeichner MP welcomes Cambridge University’s decision to pay the Living Wage

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has welcomed the announcement made today by Cambridge University that they will be seeking accreditation to become a Real Living Wage employer. The university has been paying the...

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has stated that while a battle was won by women 100 years ago when they gained the right to vote, the war on gender equality is far but over. His comments come on the day of the centenary of women’s suffrage (6th February 2018), and a day after the Institute for Fiscal Studies published findings that women earn an average of 20% lower per hour worked than men.
 
Mr Zeichner said: “On the centenary of votes for women, it is important to recognise that while we have clearly made some fundamental achievements in women’s rights, the work on gender equality is far from over, both here and abroad.”
 
“Women make-up just over 50% of the population but they remain to be absent from the boardrooms of big corporations and are under-represented in Parliament. I want to see more legislation to enhance women’s rights and greater scrutiny over the institutional structures that prevent them from climbing up the ranks at the same pace as men, and from earning an equal day’s pay.”
 
“The findings by the IFS that women continue to earn an average of 20% less than men per hour worked may not be much of a surprise to many however we need to start being serious about how to tackle this discrepancy. The release of private and public gender pay gap information this April will shine some much needed light on some of the worst offenders but this needs to be a thing of the past, and quickly!”
 
Mr Zeichner went onto say: “We must remember that while the centenary marks 100 years of women suffrage, the 1918 Act of Parliament was limited in that it only granted the vote to 40% of women. Men still held enhanced voting rights and that in itself is a distasteful reminder that the rights of women can too easily be undervalued. We must remember the huge sacrifices that women have made for gender equality and continue to champion their cause for future generations to come”
 
Today's centenary marks the franchising of women for the first time in the UK, which was the result of almost 50 years of campaigning by groups, including the Suffragettes, calling for women to be given the right to vote. It is a monumental anniversary in British democracy, despite women not gaining equal voting rights to men at that time. It would be another 10 years before both men and women would be granted equal voting rights through the 1928 Equal Franchise Act.

Cambridge MP pays tribute to Suffragette movement on centenary but warns there is plenty more work to be done on gender equality

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has stated that while a battle was won by women 100 years ago when they gained the right to vote, the war on gender equality...

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, urged the Immigration Minister to abolish the Tier 2 visa cap as the current model leads to a broken system.

Mr Zeichner said: "Last week, two consultants in Intensive Care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital wrote to me; they’d been trying to recruit urgently needed staff. What they found, was three people who were then turned down by the Home Office because the Tier 2 visa cap had been reached for that month. How can that possibly be helpful to our country? Will the Minister agree with me that the system is basically broken? "  

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes replied: "Well of course, what we have to do, is make sure that we have a sustainable system going forward. That’s why it’s important that when we bring forward the Immigration Bill and the whitepaper, that they take into account all the views that are expressed to us by all sectors, and that’s what we are determined to do, to get it right."

Mr Zeichner comments: "The Minister’s answer will be of little comfort to patients needing urgent care now; the government are continuing to slam the door on doctors needed by local hospitals and highly-skilled researchers needed by universities. This cap serves no purpose other than to make the government look like they’re tough on immigration – when in reality they are being tough on patients."  

The cap was reached in both December 2017 and January 2018, causing skilled workers to have their immigration and visa applications rejected.

Cambridge MP urges Immigration Minister to scrap Tier 2 visa cap to help Addenbrooke's

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, urged the Immigration Minister to abolish the Tier 2 visa cap as the current model leads to a broken system. Mr Zeichner said: "Last week,...

Daniel Zeichner MP's Taxi Safety Bill was filibustered by a backbench Conservative MP in the Commons today, preventing it from progressing through Parliament. Parliamentary convention dictates that if there are MPs still speaking on a Private Member's Bill as the session finishes, the Bill cannot be put to a vote. 

Mr Zeichner says: "i'm disappointed, as a I know many other people will be, that once again a sensible Bill - mine included very reasonable measures to improve safety standards in the taxi trade - has been talked out. In my view, this reinforces the need to update and reform Private Member's Bill process."

I will continue to campaign for improve safeguards in the sector, and I am encouraged that there is cross-Party support for them. I am grateful to Labour's Shadow Transport Team and the Government for their support too - I hope that either this Government or the next Labour Government will bring forward similar measures as soon as possible.@

Mr Zeichner's Bill will return to the House of Commons on Friday October 26th. 

Cambridge MP's Taxi Safety Bill talked out of Parliament

Daniel Zeichner MP's Taxi Safety Bill was filibustered by a backbench Conservative MP in the Commons today, preventing it from progressing through Parliament. Parliamentary convention dictates that if there are...

Daniel Zeichner MP is gearing up for tomorrow's debate on his Taxi Safety Bill as it returns to the House of Commons for is Second Reading tomorrow. The Bill will create new laws to improve safety for passengers of taxis and private hire vehicles. The Private Member's Bill is supported by trade unions, campaign groups, Labour's Shadow Transport team and the Government.

The Bill, entitled the "Licensing of Taxis and PHVs (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill," will mandate councils to record license refusals, revocations and suspensions on a central register, which other councils can then check. It also strengthens enforcement powers and will improve council's abilities to work together. 

Daniel says: "I'm excited to debate my Bill, and really hope that it is supported by MPs from all sides. It will give councils powers that they have been requesting to improve licensing and enforcement, and will increase passenger safety. The taxi and private hire sector is a proud table, and this will not only work to maintain high standards, but will also increase public trust."

"I've worked with unions, licensing authorities, charities, campaign groups and many members of the trade to get this right - there is widespread support for these measures to improve standards and safety in the sector."

"Many vulnerable people rely on taxis and private hires - the legislation needs to protect them. Taxi and private hire vehicle regulation is fragmented and out of date, and needs a major overhaul. Until then, this Bill will keep those who use taxis and private hire vehicles safer."

The Bill is supported by the Local Government Association, who have commissioned the database that will be put on a statutory footing by the Bill.

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Deputy Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: "Councils have long argued that there is a need for the existing outdated taxi laws to be updated, with the legislation governing aspects of taxis and private hire vehicles pre-dating the invention of motor cars."

"In recent years, we've seen a number of child sexual exploitation cases that have involved some taxi and PHV holders abusing the trust that has been placed in them, so there are strong safeguarding reasons for taking action to strengthen the current legislation. 

"The LGA has led the way in trying to improve safety on this crucial issue, commissioning a database that will enable authorities to share information that stops rogue drivers abusing the system by applying for licenses in different areas if they have been refused or revoked somewhere else.

"We are encouraged that our initiative is being supported by this Bill and the Government. This Bill should act as an essential first step towards updating the current patchwork of out-of-date taxi legislation, and we're keen to see further progress towards doing so."

The Bill is also supported by the industry. 

Lisa Buger, Addison Lee's Chief Operating Officer, said: "Addison Lee are pleased to support Mr Zeichner's proposals. This database will help ensure licensing authorities share knowledge and information, which will help to raise standards in the taxi and private hire industries, improving safety for passengers across the country."

Matteo De Renzi, CEO of Gett UK, the UK's Black Cab App, says:

"Any initiative that contributes to raising standards in this sector should be welcomed and supported. As the largest on-demand app for black taxis, Gett's overarching priority is to ensure the safety of its passengers across the UK. As a business, we are defined by the quality of our drivers as they represent us as a company to our customers. We are therefore fully supportive of any steps taken to improve higher driving safety standards across the UK, something which this bill goes some way to achieve. We congratulate Daniel on putting this important issue on the national agenda and look forward to working with him and the Government as the bill progresses through Parliament."

Cambridge MP brings Taxi Safety Bill to the Commons tomorrow

Daniel Zeichner MP is gearing up for tomorrow's debate on his Taxi Safety Bill as it returns to the House of Commons for is Second Reading tomorrow. The Bill will...

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, told the Commons at Prime Minister's Questions today that the Prime Minister has turned her back on billions of pounds that could have been used for schools and hospitals. He raised the issue of the money lost from international student numbers as the Prime Minister had made the UK a less attractive destination. Hitting out at Theresa May's policies, both as Home Secretary and Prime Minister, he said: 

"Recent research shows that international students are worth a staggering £20 billion to our economy - that research commissioned by Nick Hillman, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Cambridge in 2010 and former adviser to Lord Willetts."

"Yet the steady rise in students coming here was halted by the policies introduced by the Prime Minister, who made the UK a much less attractive destination. Would the Secretary of State agree that it was more than a touch careless of the Prime Minister to mislay billions of pounds that could have transformer our schools and hospitals?"

The research was published recently in a report by the Higher Education Policy Institute which shows that international students have a net impact of more than £20 billion for the UK economy. 

David Lidington MP, the First Secretary who stood in for the Prime Minister today while she was away in China, replied: "What the facts say is that we are the second most popular destination in the world for students, and university visa applications are up by nearly one fifth since 2010, so I would argue that contrary to what he alleges, we are doing a good job at attracting international students."

Daniel Zeichner says: "It's shocking that the First Secretary is unaware of the huge amounts of money being squandered by the government. His completely unsubstantiated claim contradicts the evidence that the report shows: that from 2001 - 2010, numbers of international students in the UK grew steadily, along with the economic benefits that this brings. From 2010 onwards, the number of international students flat-lined. When the Tory Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, James Palmer, signs a letter to the Prime Minister calling for a more sensible system, it's clear that her policies are unpopular even on her own side."

"This research shows the huge benefit that we get from international students, in concrete figures - let alone the community benefit we gain from having a diverse society. It proves again that the Prime Minister's insistence on including international students in their immigration figures and targets is a nonsense. Cambridge's residents each gain £1460 from international students in our constituency - Theresa May needs to stop her ideological scape-goating of our international student community."

"This research underlines the Tories' failure to implement a sensible immigration system. It shows that their policies have deterred international students coming to the UK - at great cost to us all."

Cambridge MP condemns Theresa May's policies on international students at PMQs

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, told the Commons at Prime Minister's Questions today that the Prime Minister has turned her back on billions of pounds that could have been used...

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has again today raised the case of murdered Italian PhD student, Giulio Regeni, during Business questions in the House of Commons to the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom MP. 

Giulio Regeni was a Cambridge University PhD student that had travelled to Egypt to undertake research in Cairo. On the evening of January 25th 2016, Giulio went missing and his dead body was later discovered on the side of a highway on the 3rd February, with evidence that he had been brutally tortured.

During this morning's session Mr Zeichner said: "Two years ago today, on January 25th 2016, University of Cambridge PhD researcher Giulio Regeni went missing in Cairo; his brutally battered body was recovered a week later. The crime sparked international outrage, and calls into question very basic academic freedoms."

He went onto ask: "Can we have a statement from the minister on what the Government is doing to mark the event and also what pressure is being exerted on the Egyptian Government to find the truth about what happened to Giulio?"

Daniel Zeichner has long supported the Truth for Giulio Regeni campaign that Amnesty International spearheaded shortly after his  body was discovered, travelling to Brussels in 2015 to met Giulio's parents. Tonight Mr Zeichner will join others from Cambridge University and the city for a vigil to commemorate Giulio's disappearance. A moment of silence will be acknowledged at 7:41pm to mark the last communication Giulio had before his disappearance. 

Investigations by the Italian authorities continue however it is still not clear why Giulio Regeni was tortured and murdered, or who committed this, although it is widely believed to be the work of Egyptian state forces. 

Cambridge MP raises Giulio Regeni murder in the House of Commons on the two year anniversary of his disappearance

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has again today raised the case of murdered Italian PhD student, Giulio Regeni, during Business questions in the House of Commons to the...

New laws to improve safety for passengers of taxis and private hire vehicles will be presented to Parliament next week by Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner. He has been working with campaign groups, trade unions and the Government on a Private Member's Bill for the last six months which is published today (25th January) ahead of its Second Reading in the House of Commons next Friday 2nd February. 

The Bill, entitled the "Licensing of Taxis and PHVs (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill," will require licensing authorities to record license refusals, revocations and suspensions on a national database. Licensing authorities will have to check this register, and have due regard to any previous decisions recorded, before awarding licenses to drivers in their authority. This would stop those who are "gaming the system:" if refused in one authority, they can currently just go to another Council and get a license there. Notorious examples include drivers losing their license in Southend, then reappearing on the same streets having been licensed elsewhere, sparking a national outcry. 

The bill also allows local authority enforcement teams to report instances of wrongdoing by taxi and PHV drivers from other areas, which cause them concern, to the authority in which the offender is licensed. The original licensing authority must then have regard to this report, and respond. This will end the situation where local enforcement officers are powerless to deal with drivers licensed elsewhere in the country. 

Mr Zeichner says: "This Bill will give councils powers they have been requesting to improve licensing and enforcement, and will increase passenger safety. The taxi and private hire sector is a proud trade, and this will not only work to maintain high standards, but will also increase public trust."

Daniel Zeichner MP's Taxi Safety Bill is published ahead of its return to Parliament next week

New laws to improve safety for passengers of taxis and private hire vehicles will be presented to Parliament next week by Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner. He has been working with...

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has criticised the Government for slamming the door on doctors needed by local hospitals and highly-skilled researchers needed by universities. The Home Office's Tier 2 cap restricts the number of visas it awards each month. This tier 2 visa is offered to skilled workers who are from nations outside the EU. 

The cap was reached in both December 2017 and January 2018, causing skilled workers to have their immigration and visa applications rejected. 

Mr Zeichner says: "Anyone coming to the country under a Tier 2 visa is clearly of the so-called "brightest and best" that the Government claim they want to attract to the UK. This cap serves no purpose other than to make the government look like they're tough on immigration - when in reality they are being tough on patients."

"If doctors with jobs at Addenbrookes are having their visas rejected, and scientists and engineers from excellent world-leading institutions are being excluded, this shows what a shambles our immigration system is. There is no upside to this cap; it is a further example of outstanding idiocy straight from Downing Street, and is damaging to both patient health and the wider UK economy."

Dr Sarah Main, Director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, says:

“The Tier 2 cap is absurd. It causes the UK to reject the brightest and best the Government says it wants to attract. Skilled people who companies here have specifically recruited are turned down due to an arbitrary monthly limit. The rejections we've seen in the last two months waste companies’ time and leave business and service needs unmet, further damaging productivity. Such policies knock business confidence in the visa system and tarnish the UK's reputation as a place for highly skilled individuals to work and contribute. The cap should be abolished“

Cambridge MP accuses Government's immigration strategy of 'astonishing idiocy' over visa cap for doctors and scientists

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has criticised the Government for slamming the door on doctors needed by local hospitals and highly-skilled researchers needed by universities. The Home Office's Tier 2...

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