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Veteran.jpgCambridge D-Day hero Ken Bright’s battle to get the top French honour, the Legion d’Honneur, was taken to parliament as MP Daniel Zeichner raised his case in a special Westminster debate.
 
Despite being offered the award, bureaucratic delays on both sides of the channel mean Mr Bright (92) and other veterans have not yet received their medals.
 
Mr Zeichner urged Mark Lancaster, the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans to resolve Ken and other veterans’ cases speedily.
 
The minister admitted there had been an unexpected number of applications with over 3000 veterans applying and at first just one person in the Ministry of Defence assigned to deal with the cases.
 
However he pledged to do everything possible to get “a speedy resolution” and reported that the British Government would resubmit one hundred outstanding cases a week to the French authorities until the backlog was cleared.
 

ZEICHNER TAKES D-DAY MEDAL DELAY TO PARLIAMENT

Cambridge D-Day hero Ken Bright’s battle to get the top French honour, the Legion d’Honneur, was taken to parliament as MP Daniel Zeichner raised his case in a special Westminster... Read more

Following last night’s vote where Daniel Zeichner MP voted against the Welfare Bill said: "Sadly we are faced with a triumphalist Conservative party taking this country in a direction which I believe is fundamentally wrong.

The Conservatives are hell bent on a ruthless reduction in the support to working families through our social security system. Instead of tackling rocketing rents and unscrupulous landlords they are cutting support to children and the most vulnerable, which I find sickening.

 

 

Welfare bill

Following last night’s vote where Daniel Zeichner MP voted against the Welfare Bill said: "Sadly we are faced with a triumphalist Conservative party taking this country in a direction which... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, stepped back in time to visit WaterAid’s pop-up Victorian street to mark 150 years of Britain’s modern sewers and call on the Government to lead the way in ending the global water and sanitation crisis.

The MP met characters from Victorian times to discover what life was like during the Great Stink of 1858 and signed a cross party letter to Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for International Development, calling for the UK Government to take action to help improve sanitation globally.

He said: “It has been an eye-opening (and nose holding!) day, experiencing what life was like in Victorian Britain when people lacked access to safe water and there was no decent sewerage system. 

Investment in water and sanitation had a huge impact on our health and development but sadly in large parts of the world people still have no access to clean water and sanitation.

Fifteen years ago the Labour government worked with other governments on the Millennium Development Goals. They have driven enormous progress. Now later this year the world will come together again at a UN summit to agree new sustainable Development Goals. It is clear that water and sanitation must play a central role as they and are key to achieving a healthier and more prosperous world for all. Ours is the generation that can wipe out extreme poverty."

Britain’s first life-saving sewerage system was created following the ‘Great Stink’, when the stench of the polluted Thames was so unbearable, it sent MPs running from the House of Commons clutching handkerchiefs to their faces and spurring them into action to clean up the city.

The opening of the first modern sewage pumping station in 150 years ago, designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, helped prevent cholera outbreaks in London. The disease had had a devastating impact across the country since its arrival in 1831, similar to the effect of Ebola in West Africa today. This marked the start of Britain’s drive to protect public health through good sanitation with similar transformations following across the country.

Daniel Zeichner MP steps back in time at WaterAid’s Victorian street to support taps and toilets for all

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, stepped back in time to visit WaterAid’s pop-up Victorian street to mark 150 years of Britain’s modern sewers and call on the Government to lead the way... Read more

One year from the Battle of the Somme Centenary, Daniel Zeichner MP has urged Cambridge communities to apply for new £4m Heritage Lottery Fund money to explore the impact of the war  

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced new National Lottery money to help communities across the UK mark the Centenary of the First World War and local MP Daniel Zeichner is urging Cambridge communities to apply.

Daniel Zeichner MP said: “The projects and stories that have already been shared as part of the First World War Centenary are vital to make sure future generations never forget the horror of war.”     

Cambridge has already benefited from HLF cash with the Friends of Mill Road Cemetery being awarded £10,000 for their project called “Commemoration of World War One in Mill Road Cemetery Cambridge”. The project restored 26 of the most accessible family WWI graves in Mill Road Cemetery, undertook research relating to the graves, and carried out a number of activities with local schools and the wider community.

Now further grants of between £3,000 to £10,000 are available for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War. 

New National Lottery investment in First World War Centenary

One year from the Battle of the Somme Centenary, Daniel Zeichner MP has urged Cambridge communities to apply for new £4m Heritage Lottery Fund money to explore the impact of the war  ... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP joined local scientists for the Westminster launch of an awareness-raising campaign from Alzheimer’s Research UK, the Cambridgeshire based leading dementia research charity.

Daniel met scientists at the forefront of dementia research, learned about Alzheimer’s Research UK’s work to fight dementia and improve public understanding and heard from World Dementia Envoy, Dennis Gillings, on the global response to the growing challenge of dementia.

 

Daniel Zeichner MP supports Alzheimer’s Research UK's new awareness campaign

Daniel Zeichner MP joined local scientists for the Westminster launch of an awareness-raising campaign from Alzheimer’s Research UK, the Cambridgeshire based leading dementia research charity. Daniel met scientists at the... Read more

At the inaugural hearing of the Science and Technology Committee Cambridge's MP Daniel Zeichner grilled Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson MP on the impact of the government's immigration policies and possible withdrawal from the EU on science and universities.

The Cambridge MP asked the minister what evidence there was that immigration controls impacted on universities' ability to attract and retain the best scientific talent.

IS GOVERNMENT POLICY STOPPING UNIVERSITIES RECRUITING TOP SCIENTIFIC TALENT?

At the inaugural hearing of the Science and Technology Committee Cambridge's MP Daniel Zeichner grilled Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson MP on the impact of the government's immigration policies... Read more

fox.jpgDaniel Zeichner MP has joined forces with well known animal welfare activist and Queen guitarist Dr Brian May in fight to keep the ban on hunting in place ahead of a free vote to amend the Hunting Act due to take place this Wednesday 15th July.

Daniel Zeichner MP and Brian May discussed the Conservative plan to make changes to the Hunting Act and pledged to work together to battle for animal welfare and keep the ban on hunting in place during this parliament.

Daniel Zeichner MP teams up with Queen legend to keep the Hunting Ban

Daniel Zeichner MP has joined forces with well known animal welfare activist and Queen guitarist Dr Brian May in fight to keep the ban on hunting in place ahead of... Read more

Cambridge’s MP Daniel Zeichner visited Endomag, a Cambridge company, which is one of three finalists for this year’s Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award. The winner will be awarded a gold medal and a £50,000 cash prize at the Academy's annual awards dinner in London next week.

MP VISITS ENGINEERING COMPANY GOING FOR GOLD

Cambridge’s MP Daniel Zeichner visited Endomag, a Cambridge company, which is one of three finalists for this year’s Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award. The winner will be awarded a gold... Read more

Veteran.jpgDaniel Zeichner MP met D-Day hero Ken Bright to support his battle get the medal he deserves.

Mr Bright was a member of the Royal Navy's Landing Craft Infantry and ferried troops during the D-Day landings. 

One year ago, the Government of France decided to recognise the selfless acts of heroism and determination displayed by all surviving veterans of the Normandy landings, and of the wider campaigns to liberate France in 1944, by awarding them a top French honour, the Legion d’Honneur.

However bureaucratic delays mean Mr Bright and other veterans have not yet received their medals.

 

MP urges Government to speed up Cambridge D-Day Veteran award

Daniel Zeichner MP met D-Day hero Ken Bright to support his battle get the medal he deserves. Mr Bright was a member of the Royal Navy's Landing Craft Infantry and ferried... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP, used a speech in the House of Commons to attack the Conservative Party's regressive policies on Housing and Tuition fees. 

Daniel Zeichner attacks government policies on tuition fees and housing

Daniel Zeichner MP, used a speech in the House of Commons to attack the Conservative Party's regressive policies on Housing and Tuition fees.  Read more

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