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This has been a summer of harrowing tales. The Syrian refugee crisis is one of the worst since the Second World War. As we hear of the tragedies of desperate people suffocating in lorries or drowning in the seas of Europe, which we once thought of as idyllic holiday destinations, our hearts break. 
 
In the last week I have received hundreds of emails from people devastated at what is happening, many offering their own homes to those who have been displaced. This Saturday I spoke at a rally in Cambridge surrounded by local people holding refugee welcome banners. 

Cambridge and Britain has a proud tradition of accepting genuine and desperate refugees. Now is the time to remember this and recapture that spirit to tackle today's crisis.

We have a great tradition of humanitarian support. So let us stand together and say proudly, Britain welcome refugees.

This has been a summer of harrowing tales. The Syrian refugee crisis is one of the worst since the Second World War. As we hear of the tragedies of desperate... Read more

Three Advanced Apprentices who have successfully completed their Level 3 apprenticeships at Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd, a global manufacturer of scanning electron microscopes, were presented with certificates by Daniel Zeichner MP today.

Having completed their training Jack Bysouth, Liam Johnson and Sean White now have roles in the Production department: Jack as a Sigma Final Test Engineer, Liam as a Mechanical Technician – Stage and Sean as a Plinth Build Technician.

The apprenticeship is a four-year scheme consisting of day-release at college or university and a programme of placements within the company giving each apprentice a unique level of experience across all departments.

MP backs Cambridge engineers of the future

Three Advanced Apprentices who have successfully completed their Level 3 apprenticeships at Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd, a global manufacturer of scanning electron microscopes, were presented with certificates by Daniel Zeichner MP today.... Read more

COEj_K8WwAEV2j7.jpgThe last few weeks have seen increasingly harrowing stories of refugees fleeing their homeland and crossing Europe in fear.  Children have drowned, families have been stranded with nowhere to go, people have suffocated to death in traffickers’ lorries.  Every one of these journeys has been traumatic and Greece, Italy and Hungary are now struggling to cope with the thousands of desperate refugees.  Our heart goes out to them all.

In the face of this humanitarian crisis, much of the international community has responded by opening their doors and agreeing to offer sanctuary to more refugees, and many sporting, religious and cultural organisations have expressed their support for their government’s offer to take more refugees. 

We believe that the goodwill of the British public and our country’s great tradition of humanitarian support means that many people in the UK would want to offer the same welcome to refugees after the unimaginable hardship they have suffered. 

That’s why I'm urging Cambridge people and groups to show their support this weekend and over the coming weeks by displaying banners and signs with the simple words #refugeeswelcome. If you would like to download and print a sign please click here.

Please also take a selfie with a #refugeeswelcome sign and put it on Twitter and Facebook.

This Monday I will be tabling an Early Day Motion in Parliament which reads:

“That this house…

Is appalled at the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the doorstep of Europe and urges Her Majesty’s Government to honour and follow in the great traditions of the United Kingdom by accepting many more thousands of genuine and desperate refugees caused by the greatest displacement of people since world war two; notes that as part of the Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme, Germany has pledged to resettle 30,000 refugees whilst the UK so far taken approximately just 200; further urges the Prime Minister and Home Secretary to rekindle the spirit of the Kinder-Transport and bring forward innovative ideas like a Voluntary National Homes Register for those citizens able and willing to accommodate the most vulnerable refugees; and finally commends the work of the many of thousands of people from all political persuasions across the country who share a desire to offer refuge and hope to those escaping great hardship, violence and terror from across the world”

Please ask your friends and family from outside Cambridge to urge their MP to sign the motion.

This is an issue that transcends party politics.  We hope you will feel able to support this idea so that we can show the British public and refugees themselves the strength of feeling in this country.

Thank you.

#RefugeesWelcome

The last few weeks have seen increasingly harrowing stories of refugees fleeing their homeland and crossing Europe in fear.  Children have drowned, families have been stranded with nowhere to go,...

Daniel Zeichner MP said: "The government has shamelessly described this crisis as being about economic migration, when what we are witnessing is a humanitarian crisis with many thousands of displaced people needing sanctuary. It is always important to distinguish carefully between asylum and economic migration - they are very different issues.  At times of acute crisis, national leaders need to rise above short-term narrow interest - sadly, our prime minister is failing this crucial test. As Yvette Cooper has rightly said, it should not be beyond each council in the country to take 10 refugee families from Syria, and I am sure that the people of Cambridge would want our Government to respond positively."

Time to Respond positively to refugee crisis

Daniel Zeichner MP said: "The government has shamelessly described this crisis as being about economic migration, when what we are witnessing is a humanitarian crisis with many thousands of displaced...

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Daniel Zeichner MP met Abellio bosses at Cambridge station to check on promised progress for passengers.
 
The MP saw the new temporary ticket office in action, press for better signage for drivers dropping off and picking up passengers while the short-term car park is out of action and meet new staff drafted in to help tackle queues.
 

Cambridge MP asks - can temporary train station ticket office cope with rush hour demand

Daniel Zeichner MP met Abellio bosses at Cambridge station to check on promised progress for passengers.   The MP saw the new temporary ticket office in action, press for better signage for drivers... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP visited Cherry Hinton Lions FC tournament to present the club with a £3000 cheque.

The club have been awarded a ‘Grow the Game’ grant by the Football Foundation to set up two new girls football teams.

Cherry Hinton Lions FC was founded in 1983 and currently provides football for over 190 young players.

Cherry Hinton Lions FC score £3,000 grant

Daniel Zeichner MP visited Cherry Hinton Lions FC tournament to present the club with a £3000 cheque. The club have been awarded a ‘Grow the Game’ grant by the Football... Read more

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There was an unexpected person in the bagging area at Sainsburys as Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner took a turn at being a Sainsburys checkout assistant.
 
Mr Zeichner is keen to see all parts of Cambridge, not just the parts on the traditional tourist trail.
 
He talked to Chris Dix, the store manager and supermarket staff about their work, how they can gain specialist skills and the everyday challenges of keeping the shelves stacked and the store welcoming.

Supermarket Sweep for Daniel Zeichner MP

There was an unexpected person in the bagging area at Sainsburys as Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner took a turn at being a Sainsburys checkout assistant.   Mr Zeichner is keen to... Read more

Microsoft.jpgLabour leadership hopeful Yvette Cooper MP has visited Microsoft Research with Daniel Zeichner MP.

She met Laboratory Director Andrew Blake and some of the 100+ researchers, engaged in computer science research at the lab to hear about their ground breaking work.

Yvette Cooper MP and Daniel Zeichner MP visit Microsoft in Cambridge

Labour leadership hopeful Yvette Cooper MP has visited Microsoft Research with Daniel Zeichner MP. She met Laboratory Director Andrew Blake and some of the 100+ researchers, engaged in computer science... Read more

cat.jpgCambridge MP, Daniel Zeichner, is encouraging local pet owners to get their animals microchipped following a visit to the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Cambridge today.

The Blue Cross rehoming centre on Garlic Row has helped over 270 cats and kittens so far this year. 65 per cent of these were not microchipped, making it almost impossible for the charity to reunite them with their owners. 

During his visit, the Labour MP for Cambridge met some of the charity’s feline residents looking for loving new homes, including Swift, who arrived as a stray. Because he did not have a microchip, Blue Cross could not find his family.

Blue Cross microchips all of the pets it rehomes and is also reminding people to keep their contact details up-to-date should they move house or change phone numbers.

To help encourage local pet owners to get their cats and dogs microchipped, Blue Cross offers free microchipping days at its rehoming centre which is open to all Cambridge residents. 

Daniel Zeichner said: “I really enjoyed the visit, and in particular meeting Swift who I home finds a purr-fect new home soon. As a nation of animal lovers, we all want a quick and successful reunion should our pets go missing but sadly without a microchip you run the risk of never seeing your pet again if they get lost. That's why I'm delighted to help spread the word to Cambridge pet owners about Blue Cross's free microchipping service."

Let's find a new home swiftly for Swift

Cambridge MP, Daniel Zeichner, is encouraging local pet owners to get their animals microchipped following a visit to the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Cambridge today. The Blue Cross rehoming... Read more

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Daniel Zeichner MP has met Cambridge campaigners who are angry that the Government has given the green light for pesticides, which they say harm bees, to be used on 74,000 acres of crops.

The neonicotinoids, were part of an EU ban in 2013, when EU officials warned the chemicals could pose a 'high acute risk' to bees by changing their behaviour.

The Labour MP says campaigners have swarmed to voice their fury and he has received over 250 letters on the subject including from Dr Chris Forman, who researches biomimetic sustainability and is a local organiser of a bee petition.

BEE WARNED

  Daniel Zeichner MP has met Cambridge campaigners who are angry that the Government has given the green light for pesticides, which they say harm bees, to be used on 74,000... Read more

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