Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, clashed with newly appointed Justice Minister and neighbouring MP Lucy Frazer MP in the Commons today over her plans to close Cambridge Magistrates' Court.
The Cambridgeshire MPs went to head to head in the Commons at Justice Questions. Daniel Zeichner congratulated her on her appointment but then urged Lucy Frazer to withdraw plans to close the court - in reply, she said she would listen to submissions to the consultation.
Mr Zeichner says: "Justice should be local and accessible - it is the most vulnerable who will lose out the most from the court being closed as they will have to bear the extra cost of travelling further to seek justice."
"I take limited comfort from her comments that in a previous round of cuts, they reconsidered on a number of prospective Court closures - i hope they will swiftly reach the same conclusion and leave Cambridge's Magistrates' Court to continue their work."
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, clashed with newly appointed Justice Minister and neighbouring MP Lucy Frazer MP in the Commons today over her plans to close Cambridge Magistrates' Court. The...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has responded angrily to plans by Justice Minister Lucy Frazer (MP for South East Cambridgeshire) to close Cambridge Magistrates' Court.
The minister yesterday announced a 10-week consultation into the future of the court.
Mr Zeichner says: "Justice should be local. We are an important city and a growing city. There will always be a need for courts and those courts must be accessible for all those that need them."
"I think there will be a strong reaction to these proposals from the residents of Cambridge and I trust that the minister will listen closely."
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has responded angrily to plans by Justice Minister Lucy Frazer (MP for South East Cambridgeshire) to close Cambridge Magistrates' Court. The minister yesterday announced a...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has welcomed a letter in the Financial Times signed by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and Cambridgeshire Mayor James Palmer citing the positive impact that international students have on the UK economy. But he has slammed Theresa May for her policy that has cost every adult in Cambridge almost £1500 each.
This is based on recently published research by the Higher Education Policy Institute, which shows that international students have a net impact of more than £20 billion for the UK economy. The mayors' letter also calls for an immigration system which "acknowledges the vital contribution international students make to regional jobs and growth."
Daniel Zeichner says "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 community."
The report shows that from 2001 - 2010, numbers of international students in the UK grew steadily, along with the economic benefit that this brings. From 2010 onwards, the number of international students flat-lined.
Mr Zeichner says: "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 says "we want you!" to international students and brands Tory immigration targets '"a nonsense"
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has welcomed a letter in the Financial Times signed by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and Cambridgeshire Mayor James Palmer citing the positive impact that...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will tomorrow be welcoming, and joining, the Committee on Exiting the European Union in Cambridge to hear from key industries as to what the impact of Brexit will be on research and innovation. During the day, the Committee will meet with Cancer Research UK, at its Cambridge University headquarters, as well as visit the Laboratory of Molecular Biology.
Tomorrow's visit is one of many to take place across the country as the Committee seeks to fulfil their investigation as to what the impact of Brexit will be on the UK. The Committee will be visiting all the regions and nations of the UK to get a greater insight and understanding of how the country views Brexit, and what a future relationship should look like.
Daniel says, "I am extremely pleased that the Brexit Committee has felt that it is vital to visit Cambridge to understand what the impact of the UK leaving the EU will be for the city, and wider region. Of course, Brexit is an incredibly important issue for the city because we see a great number of benefits from our membership of the EU."
"Take pharma for instance; protecting the industry through Brexit isn't just vital for Cambridge, or to the East of England, where there were reportedly 34,000 life science jobs in 2015, and likely more since the AstraZeneca move, but for the whole UK economy. In 2015, the UK life sciences sector contributed an estimated £30.4 billion to the UK economy according to PwC, and supported nearly half a million jobs. These are at risk in the event of a hard Brexit as medicines need to be regulated and licensed across Europe."
"I have no doubt that the Committee will agree that ensuring our medical research institutes, life science industries and tech companies have continued access to EU funding, talent and collaboration is critical for the wider UK economy."
"Week in and week out, I meet with companies and institutions across this city that tell me Brexit is one of the biggest challenges they face. Much of the research and innovation that comes out of this city is dependent on EU researchers coming here to work, collaboration with other institutes across Europe, and of course funding from the EU. I will be sure to echo those concerns to the Committee members for their consideration during the process."
"Cambridge voted to remain in the European Union, by 74%, in June 2016 and many industries in the city have spoken out about the benefits they gain from the UK being a member of the EU."
Daniel Zeichner MP welcomes the Brexit Select Committee to Cambridge to discuss impact of Brexit on research and innovation
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will tomorrow be welcoming, and joining, the Committee on Exiting the European Union in Cambridge to hear from key industries as to what the impact...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has responded to today's announcement that Carillion will be liquidating with criticism of the Government's policy of relying too much on private companies in the delivery of public services.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has responded to today's announcement that Carillion will be liquidating with criticism of the Government's policy of relying too much on private companies in the... Read more
The letter sent to the Prime Minister by senior A&E specialists, including doctors from Addenbrookes, outlining the plight of the NHS and its chronic underfunding "shows the government's lack of investment in health is a national betrayal" says Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner.
He says: "The staff in our NHS are dedicated, professional and doing a brilliant job, but they are being put in an impossible position. The system has insufficient capacity and is at breaking point. The time has long passed for a significant injection of extra resource to keep the NHS caring for the nation, as Labour has done in the past."
"We pay our taxes so that they can be used to build a society which keeps us all safe and healthy - it is a national betrayal that the Conservative government are refusing to preserve and maintain our greatest national treasure, the NHS"
As in the rest of the country, the local NHS is at breaking point. Figures provided by Cambridge University Hospitals show that on Saturday 30th December A&E attendance figures reached 348, which was close to the all-time record on 16 October of 390 patients. Bed occupancy was close to 100 per cent all week, as it has been most of the winter. The number of outpatients in September 2017 was 30% higher than in September 2012.
Like many other Trust across the country and according to national recommendations, Cambridge University Hospitals cancelled all non-urgent elective adult inpatient surgery until the end of January. They report that many staff put their holidays on hold over Christmas and New Year to help treat patients.
The letter, reported in The Guardian yesterday, tells the Prime Minister that the "current level of safety compromise is at times intolerable, despite the best efforts of staff." It goes on to report that there are "insufficient [numbers of] hospital and community beds and staff of all disciplines especially at the front door to cope with out ageing population's health needs."
The doctors report their personal experiences, including nightmarish situations such as "Over 120 patients a day managed in corridors, some dying prematurely."
Mr Zeichner says "The NHS clearly warned the Prime Minister that more money was needed - she ignored that advice, and the consequences are now clear. It is astonishing and depressing that we now regularly hear clinicians talking about 'avoidable deaths.'"
The letter sent to the Prime Minister by senior A&E specialists, including doctors from Addenbrookes, outlining the plight of the NHS and its chronic underfunding "shows the government's lack of...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has welcomed the decision announced today to allow St Philip's CofE Aided Primary School to remain a local authority supported institution. This decision to not academise the school comes after months of parent protest, and a parliamentary debate this week in which Mr Zeichner blasted the academisation consultation and process.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has welcomed the decision announced today to allow St Philip's CofE Aided Primary School to remain a local authority supported institution. This decision to not... Read more
Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, will meet with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner, James Ablewhite, tomorrow (Friday 12 January) to discuss matters relating to the Commissioner's portfolio including the decision to sell off Parkside Police Station, which was announced last week.
Last week, Mr Zeichner spoke out about the proposal to sell Police Parkside over fears that the move is being done as a "cover for cuts in funding from the current Government." During his meeting with the Police and Crime Commissioner he will be looking for assurances that this move will not have a detrimental impact on the policing levels in Cambridge, and that any future plans of the site will bring a long-term benefit for the city.
Ahead of tomorrow's meeting Mr Zeichner has said: "I am looking forward to meeting with the Police and Crime Commissioner, especially after news last week that there are plans to sell off the Parkside Police Station, which has served our city for more than 40 years. As i said last week, ensuring the safety of my constituency is critical so I will be seeking assurances that this will not impact policing levels. Cambridge is already facing increasing pressures as a result of Government cuts and any moves that will contribute to that I will oppose.
Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, will meet with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner, James Ablewhite, tomorrow (Friday 12 January) to discuss matters relating to the...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will slam the Government's continued pursuit to academise local primary schools in a special debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday The debate, 'Academisation of primary schools in Cambridge' will be held in the Commons chamber on Wednesday 10th January around 19:00 on the same day as a meeting on St Philip's CofE Primary School in Romsey to decide its future. Local parents and members of the community have been campaigning against the academisation of their school.
In the debate, Mr Zeichner will highlight the lack of both transparency and accountability of academy trusts, and the academisation process itself. He will say "A school isn't a business - it isn't privately owned, not yet anyway - it is a key part of the fabric of the local community and we all know that schools do better when they are a part of their community, with close parental involvement." He will demand that parents have influence over the future of their children's education, and that the academisation process is made more transparent.
Section 5 of the Academies Act 2010 states that if a governing body chooses to apply for academy conversion, they 'must consult such persons as they think appropriate about whether the conversion should take place.' This means that the board could consider if not necessary (and would have no legal obligation) to consult parents, staff or the local community over the change.
Daniel Zeichner will criticise Multi-Academy Trusts for lack of democratic accountability, as these trusts run schools with public money. Mr Zeichner will challenge the Government on why there is no councillor representation on academy trust boards nor in most cases parents or staff representatives, which he argues would ensure better local democratic accountability.
He will also comment on the lack of transparency surrounding academy practice and the way in which the Government allows them to diverge from standards maintained by local authority schools. He will ask, "Academies have different rules to local authority-supported schools, so let's work out how different they are. I ask the Minister now, how many unqualified teachers are there in each MAT in my constituency? How have terms and conditions changed, and what impact has that had on pupils' education? If the Minister cannot answer these questions? why not? Who can? And why are parents being kept in the dark?
Mr Zeichner says: "The division of resources between academy trusts creates competition, but with it comes fragmentation. To improve real collaboration between schools, we need to join up some of these trusts, and improve representation on the boards with parent governors, councillors, and staff representatives. We need to move from academisation for its own sake back to focus on the true purposes of education, not competition and self-promotion."
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will slam the Government's continued pursuit to academise local primary schools in a special debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday The debate, 'Academisation...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, speaking in a Parliamentary debate today has criticised the way that the Government's franchised rail system leads to poor outcomes for passengers, with endless layers of cost and complexity. He slammed the Conservatives for replacing British Rail with Anything-but-British Rail, and questioned the value of the now mainly foreign-owner Train Operating Companies. He quoted today's report from the National Audit Office which concluded that the Great Northern franchise which runs trains between Cambridge and London King's Cross 'has not delivered value for money.'
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, speaking in a Parliamentary debate today has criticised the way that the Government's franchised rail system leads to poor outcomes for passengers, with endless layers... Read more