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Ed_Miliband_Daniel_Zeichner.jpgEd Miliband’s speech to Labour Conference could have been written for Cambridge, says Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate, Daniel Zeichner. As one of 6 key pledges, Ed Miliband promised that in the next 10 years, he would work to ensure that Britain is a world leader in green technology, with a million additional high technology jobs. With Cambridge at the leading edge of clean-tech technology, Mr Zeichner says that Cambridge will be key to delivering Labour’s vision:

Ed Miliband’s speech today could have been written for Cambridge. The promise to make Britain a world leader in green technology puts Cambridge at the heart of Labour’s vision for our economic future – with high quality, well-paid jobs the key, rather than the race to the bottom that we have seen in recent years. Reforming the outdated House of Lords, enfranchising young people, and doubling the number of homes for first-time buyers will resonate with many in Cambridge. Finally putting apprenticeships on an eqaul footing with universities could be transformational – but will require a big response from many of our companies. It is in their interest, but will take active Government intervention, which only Labour will provide, to make it happen.

Ed Miliband’s speech – written for Cambridge

Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour Conference could have been written for Cambridge, says Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate, Daniel Zeichner. As one of 6 key pledges, Ed Miliband promised that in... Read more

CAB-168x300.jpg The cruel impact of the Government’s welfare reforms on some of the most vulnerable people in Cambridge is now clear, says Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner following a meeting with key advisers at Cambridge Citizens Advice Bureau.

Mr Zeichner and Councillor Richard Johnson visited the Cambridge and District CAB in Devonshire Road in response to detailed research carried out into the impact of welfare reform on people in Cambridge and surrounding areas. The report includes a number of case studies detailing the impact of a range of controversial changes, including the Bedroom Tax, the Benefit Cap, the move to much more punitive sanctions on people seeking employment, and examples where people are now left with absolutely no money for weeks at a time.

CAB report shows cruel impact of Tory and Lib Dem Welfare Reforms

 The cruel impact of the Government’s welfare reforms on some of the most vulnerable people in Cambridge is now clear, says Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner following a meeting... Read more

Cambridgeshire health chiefs have confirmed that the process of tendering health services for older people in Cambridgeshire is costing millions of pounds of tax-payer cash. Responding to a Freedom of Information request from the Health Service Journal, Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group have revealed that the process so far has cost them over a million pounds. Earlier this year, Cambridgeshire Mental Health Trust admitted in a Freedom of Information request from Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner that they had spent over £70,000 on consultants alone.

Health chiefs confirm that tendering process is costing us millions of pounds

Cambridgeshire health chiefs have confirmed that the process of tendering health services for older people in Cambridgeshire is costing millions of pounds of tax-payer cash. Responding to a Freedom of... Read more

Labour suggestions for the future of UK universities will help people across Cambridge, says Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner. Shadow Universities Minister Liam Byrne today published his thoughts on the future of universities, including suggesting a loan-scheme to help post-graduates.

Labour’s future plans for universities will help Cambridge post-grads

Labour suggestions for the future of UK universities will help people across Cambridge, says Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner. Shadow Universities Minister Liam Byrne today published his thoughts on... Read more

All services for older people in Cambridgeshire could be run by Virgin Healthcare in a deal that will start just days before the next General Election and run for the whole Parliament.

Tories and Lib Dems have no mandate to hand Cambs NHS to Virgin

All services for older people in Cambridgeshire could be run by Virgin Healthcare in a deal that will start just days before the next General Election and run for the... Read more

Coming through a letterbox near you soon. My latest newsletter features information on the successful LifeWorks campaign, my vision for a greener Cambridge and much more.

Read my latest newsletter

Coming through a letterbox near you soon. My latest newsletter features information on the successful LifeWorks campaign, my vision for a greener Cambridge and much more. Read more

Radio Cambridgeshire today highlighted the report from Oxfam that reveals the massive growth in use of foodbanks - a tale of two Britains. Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner told Andie Harper that in Cambridge, foodbank use had doubled last year and the year before, with over 1650 children fed by the foodbank last year. He argued that something significant has changed in the last few years, with a very changed labour market relying at the bottom on low pay and zero-hours contracts, which leave families with little left over to buy food.

Massive growth in use of foodbanks

Radio Cambridgeshire today highlighted the report from Oxfam that reveals the massive growth in use of foodbanks - a tale of two Britains. Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner told... Read more

I was delighted to meet leading members of the students union at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge today to support the campaign against the huge cut to Disabled Support Allowance made by Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable. Thanks to incompetence in his department, a big budget over-run means that students with disabilities at universities like ARU are taking a major hit. Some 1800 students at ARU are affected - why on earth do the Lib Dems in the Coalition think it's ok to hand people earning a million pounds a fifty thousand cash-back, while taking money off students with disabilities? Tough choices? No - wrong choices.

Fighting for students with Disabilities

I was delighted to meet leading members of the students union at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge today to support the campaign against the huge cut to Disabled Support Allowance made...

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP was in Cambridge ahead of voting in next week’s local and European elections. Ms Cooper visited the Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre which offers vital services to women in and around Cambridge, including accredited training, emotional and practical support, and networking and friendship opportunities. She met a range of local community workers who particularly focus on tackling domestic violence, and they explained the continuing challenges faced by many women. 

Shadow Home Secretary in Cambridge

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP was in Cambridge ahead of voting in next week’s local and European elections. Ms Cooper visited the Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre which offers vital... Read more

Soaring rents in Cambridge are forcing more and more people onto housing benefit – and pushing up the welfare bill. Figures obtained by Labour show that the number of working people in Cambridge claiming housing benefit rose by 55% between May 2010 and November 2013. While the overall numbers of people claiming housing benefit barely rose (up 2% from 7676 to 7825), the numbers of people in work claiming housing benefit leaped from 1040 to 1608 – a 55% increase.

Soaring Cambridge rents force working tenants onto benefit

Soaring rents in Cambridge are forcing more and more people onto housing benefit – and pushing up the welfare bill. Figures obtained by Labour show that the number of working... Read more

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