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Daniel Zeichner MP today visited Cuckoo Clothing and H&M in support of “Close the Door”.
 
As temperatures dip and winter approaches the Close the Door campaign are stepping up their campaign to persuade more retailers to keep their doors closed when using energy to heat or cool shops and so contribute towards cutting carbon emissions and slashing a shop's energy usage in half.
 
Starting from just 8 Cambridge shops in 2011, the project has spread across 8 towns and cities and includes major retailers such as Tescos and Boots as well as independent shops such as Cuckoo Clothing.
 
Research suggests that if all retailers shut the door then UK energy usage could drop by 2.5 per cent.

CLOSE THE DOOR!

Daniel Zeichner MP today visited Cuckoo Clothing and H&M in support of “Close the Door”.   As temperatures dip and winter approaches the Close the Door campaign are stepping up their campaign to... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP has spoken out about the threat to science funding ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review in a Parliamentary debate, calling for a commitment on science spending and warning a tipping point is being reached.

Back in 2010 the  publicly funded science budget was ring-fenced and frozen but Britain's public spend on science is now the smallest of all the G8 nations.

In his speech Mr Zeichner mentioned the Cambridge based Babraham Research Institute, MRC Laboratory of  Molecular Research in Cambridge, Gurdon Institute and Astra Zeneca, and warned that in each case, threats to future science funding put key research at risk.

Mr Zeichner quoted evidence from the Babraham Research Institute who recently warned: “the current level of funding will not sustain the UK’s existing science and research capability, whilst any reduction would be extremely damaging, and that world leading scientists will leave the UK for other countries.

Tipping Point Reached on Science funding?

Daniel Zeichner MP has spoken out about the threat to science funding ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review in a Parliamentary debate, calling for a commitment on science spending and warning a... Read more

twitter.jpgSt Luke's Primary School in French's Road is in the running for a major funding boost to improve their playground.
 
The school is one of just eight shortlisted in the UK school category of the One Family Foundation’s Community Awards. If successful, the school will win £25,000.
 
The project currently has 283 votes and now the city’s MP is calling on people throughout Cambridge to help them win the award.

St Luke's Primary School needs your votes!

St Luke's Primary School in French's Road is in the running for a major funding boost to improve their playground.   The school is one of just eight shortlisted in the... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP joined the mayor and representatives from Cambridge BID’s Clean Team to launch an innovate and colourful scheme to clean up Cambridge’s historic streets.
The grey pavements on Christ’s Lane were transformed with brightly-coloured circles that the team drew around each piece of chewing gum that had been dropped and discarded.
Water soluble fluorescent chalk will create eye-catching measle-like patterns in one of the busiest areas in Cambridge and highlight to the public how much gum is dropped. Representatives will then work to remove the gum, making the streets cleaner and more attractive.
Daniel Zeichner MP said: "Cambridge is a fantastic city to live in and to visit but we all need to work together to make sure the streets are as clean as possible. It's great Christ’s Lane is being spruced up by having discarded chewing gum removed. 
“I hope this campaign will encourage gum chewers to bin their gum the record number of litter bins in the city so we can make Cambridge even more attractive.”
Now in its 10th year, the annual campaign sees representatives from the chewing gum industry, Government and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy working with councils and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) across the whole of the UK to develop local initiatives to reduce chewing gum litter.
The Cambridge BID Clean Team works on a scheduled basis 363 days per year to clean 83 streets, which includes removing gum litter.
Jason Buckley, Operations Manager for Cambridge BID said: “Cambridge BID is taking part in the campaign this year because we wanted to encourage people to be more responsible with the way they dispose of their chewing gum in the city centre.  Chewing gum is a particularly difficult form of litter to get rid of as it’s expensive to remove and soon builds up again.  Our streets and public areas are speckled with discarded chewing gum from individuals who have failed to use the bins provided by the Council, we’re hopeful this campaign will help to change people’s habits.”

Has Cambridge's Christ’s Lane got measles?

Daniel Zeichner MP joined the mayor and representatives from Cambridge BID’s Clean Team to launch an innovate and colourful scheme to clean up Cambridge’s historic streets. The grey pavements on Christ’s Lane... Read more

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Daniel Zeichner MP discovered how the Alzheimer’s Research UK Stem Cell Research Centre is playing a key role in the fight against dementia when he visited the Cambridge facility.

The £2m centre, based at the Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge, was opened this year by the Great Abington-based charity and brings together leading stem cell researchers from the University of Cambridge and UCL (University College London). Scientists at the centre are using groundbreaking techniques to unravel the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and test potential new treatments.

Alzheimer’s, the most common cause of dementia, leads to the loss of brain cells and impairs the brain’s ability to function properly. Early symptoms include problems with memory and thinking, but as the disease progresses, physical functions such as walking and even swallowing can be affected. There are currently no treatments capable of stopping or slowing the disease, and scientists at the Stem Cell Research Centre, backed by the UK’s leading dementia research charity, are working to address this problem.

During a tour of the centre, Mr Zeichner learned how skin cells donateSPB_6652d by volunteers with different forms of the disease play a crucial role in this research. Scientists at the centre transform these cells into networks of functioning nerve cells, allowing them to replicate the disease in a dish. These cells can then be used to study how the disease develops, as well as to screen compounds that may help fight the disease.

Mr Zeichner said:
"Too many people still think that dementia is an inevitable part of getting older - it isn't. We now know that it is a disease and that we will be able to treat it - and that's what the scientists at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge are working on, with tremendous support from Alzheimer's Research UK. They showed me how skin cells can now be turned into stem cells which allows detailed research and testing of new treatments without the use of animal experiments. It is all extremely positive - but there is a cloud on the horizon: decisions are looming about future science funding in the Government's financial review next month. It is vital the the long-term political consensus on stable science-funding is maintained. 1in 3 children born this year will develop Alzheimer's. Dementia costs us over £26 billion a year. It is our greatest health threat . This vital research must not be put at risk."

Daniel Zeichner MP visits Gurdon Institute

Daniel Zeichner MP discovered how the Alzheimer’s Research UK Stem Cell Research Centre is playing a key role in the fight against dementia when he visited the Cambridge facility. The... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP visited local charity Cambridge Online as part of the annual "Get Online Week" which aims to show thousands of people how the internet can make their lives easier.
 
Cambridge Online offers free courses to disabled and disadvantaged adults. Daniel Zeichner MP will meet Chief Executive Andrew Entecott and learners getting onlineon one of the centre's 10 computers which have adaptive hardware, touch screens, alternative keyboards and mice, magnification and screen-reading software.
 
Every year 300 new people are taught digital skills and over 4,000 one-to-one tutorials are delivered by Cambridge Online. Now the charity is on the look out for more Cambridge residents to become volunteer Digital Champions to help support more people to send and receive email, use a search engine, browse the web and complete online forms, safely and securely.
 

MP Calls for More Digital Champions during Get Online Week

Daniel Zeichner MP visited local charity Cambridge Online as part of the annual "Get Online Week" which aims to show thousands of people how the internet can make their lives easier.   Cambridge Online offers free... Read more

MP Daniel Zeichner joined a team of Cambridge City Council’s litter pickers today. Kitted out in a high vis uniform, he joined regular staff on Jesus Green who work daily to keep our city tidy.

In a bid to get litter louts to clean up their act, in the last year the council has tripled the number of fines for people caught littering the streets whilst installing over 100 new litter bins.

WAR ON CAMBRIDGE LITTER BUGS

MP Daniel Zeichner joined a team of Cambridge City Council’s litter pickers today. Kitted out in a high vis uniform, he joined regular staff on Jesus Green who work daily to keep our city... Read more

Two Cambridgeshire MPs, Labour’s Daniel Zeichner and Conservative Lucy Frazer joined forces to call for more powers for Cambridge and surrounding areas to govern our own affairs in the House of Commons debate on devolution.

Following last week’s successful launch of “the Case for Cambridge” written by Cambridge Ahead the MPs highlighted how Cambridge was a global city but was constrained by out-dated models of governance and rules on taxation hindering future planning and growth.

The MPs highlighted the comments of Antony Mattessich, the managing director of an American company, Mundipharma International who like many international business people had “fallen in love with Cambridge” but with creaking housing and transport infrastructure says he finds it increasingly difficult to persuade other key people to come to Cambridge.

 

THE CASE FOR CAMBRIDGE HEARD IN PARLIAMENT

Two Cambridgeshire MPs, Labour’s Daniel Zeichner and Conservative Lucy Frazer joined forces to call for more powers for Cambridge and surrounding areas to govern our own affairs in the House... Read more

Cambridge is overflowing with pubs from the traditional to the trendy and now
Daniel Zeichner MP wants you to choose Cambridge’s best pub chef to nominate for the "Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award".

Organised by the British Beer & Pub Association and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, the award celebrates the best of pub cuisine and recognise a pub chef renowned for their great food.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel and will be presented in the New Year at the Houses of Parliament.

 

Nominate Cambridge's best pub grub

Cambridge is overflowing with pubs from the traditional to the trendy and nowDaniel Zeichner MP wants you to choose Cambridge’s best pub chef to nominate for the "Parliamentary Pub Chef... Read more

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Cambridge MP, Daniel Zeichner has walked blindfolded through the centre of Cambridge and caught a bus to the station assisted by a guide dog and sighted guide from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

The MP experienced the everyday hazards of street signs, wheelie bins, lampposts and cars parked on pavements they blind and partially sighted people have to negotiate.

CAMBRIDGE MP TAKES ON BLINDFOLDED CHALLENGE THROUGH THE CITY

Cambridge MP, Daniel Zeichner has walked blindfolded through the centre of Cambridge and caught a bus to the station assisted by a guide dog and sighted guide from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.... Read more

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