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Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge will today (Friday 3rd November) head to Westminster and support a debate that calls for lowering the voting ages to 16. The change, would extend the franchise by 1.5 million people. 

Today's debate has been brought forward by a Private Member's Bill by Labour MP Jim McMahon and will not only gain support from Labour MPs, but also Liberal Democrats, the Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru giving it cross-party dimensions. 

Daniel Zeichner to Support Votes at 16 Debate in Parliament Today

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge will today (Friday 3rd November) head to Westminster and support a debate that calls for lowering the voting ages to 16. The change, would... Read more

Winter brings with it a number of challenges for all of us, but particularly the increased risk of illness as temperatures drop.

Getting the flu can be bad enough for even the fittest of us, but for older people and those with long-term conditions in particular it can cause serious health problems.

The Chief Medical Officer warned this week that flu and complications associated with it – such as pneumonia - cause 8,000 deaths on average a year in England - around 6,000 of which are people with existing heart and lung conditions.

This is not to mention the hundreds of A&E trips, GP appointments and emergency admissions that our local NHS sees every year over winter – official figures show that flu and pneumonia account for 2.9m bed days in English hospitals.

The strain, and therefore strength, of flu changes every year, so even if you’ve had vaccinations in previous years these won’t offer protection. And if the experience in Australia and New Zealand is anything to go by, this winter could see a much stronger strain than in recent years.

Getting the flu jab is free and easy, and offers the best chance of avoiding the flu that we have – but unfortunately just 60.1% of eligible people in Cambridgeshire took up the vaccination last year, meaning 88490 missed out on that protection.

That figure includes 38688 older people living with long-term conditions, for whom getting the flu is most likely to spell a long and unwanted stay in hospital.

That’s why I’m backing the campaign by Public Health England and NHS England to encourage more people in Cambridge to get vaccinated this year.

If you’re in one of the groups who are particularly susceptible – such as pensioners and pregnant women – or the parent of a young child, go and speak to your GP or pharmacist as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of avoiding flu this year.

More people than ever before are eligible for that free vaccination this year, including more young children and everyone who works in care homes.

To check if you or your loved ones are eligible, and for other tips on staying well this winter, head to www.nhs.uk/staywell

Stay Well This Winter Flu Campaign

Winter brings with it a number of challenges for all of us, but particularly the increased risk of illness as temperatures drop. Getting the flu can be bad enough for...

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has reacted to figures published today by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) with a stark warning that Britain is risking the future of the NHS if we proceed with Brexit after data shows a decline in the number of EU nurses and midwives coming to the UK to work. This, alongside the fact that there are fewer nurses joining the NHS than leaving it each year, spells bad news for our health service. 

'Stop Brexit or risk damaging Britain's most valuable asset, our NHS'

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has reacted to figures published today by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) with a stark warning that Britain is risking the future of the... Read more

Last Friday, Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge launched the third Annual Pumpkin Festival at the 'Feed the 1000' event, a week long initiative by Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) with events over the week highlighting the importance of food sustainability. 

CFS is a network of over 50 organisations, including Anglia Ruskin University Catering Department and Cambridge City Council. The network promotes a number of initiatives across the city of Cambridge to encourage food sustainability in both the public and private spheres. 

a 2015 WRAP report on household waste found that we threw away 7.3 million tonnes of food with more than half of that being deemed to be eatable. They estimated that this amount of avoidable food waste was associated with 19 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to the emissions generated by 1 in 4 cars on UK roads. 

Daniel Zeichner MP launches 3rd Annual Pumpkin Festival

Last Friday, Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge launched the third Annual Pumpkin Festival at the 'Feed the 1000' event, a week long initiative by Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) with... Read more

Yesterday, Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge welcomed fellow MPs and peers to a parliamentary drop-in session to learn more about dementia in their local areas. The event was in partnership with Cambridge based, leading dementia research charity Alzheimer's Research Uk, and pharmaceutical company MSD. 

Speaking at the event, Daniel said, "we've made great improvements in diagnosis rates for dementia, but what we've learnt today. Is that there is still more that needs to be done. We know that people need to receive their diagnosis earlier, so that they have the greatest chance of planning the care and support they need."

There are 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK and this number is expected to exceed one million within the next ten years. While there is currently no treatment to slow, cure or prevent the disease, if diagnosed early, there are greater opportunities for people and their loved ones to plan for their care and live well. 

During the afternoon, there was also the opportunity to experience Alzheimer's Research UK's virtual reality headset, A Walk Through Dementia, and talk to the team there about the ways people can reduce their risk of getting dementia or Alzheimer's disease. These include maintaining a healthy weight, keeping active, exercising regularly and ensuring cholesterol and blood pressure are at a health level. 

Dr Matthew Norton, Director of Policy at Alzheimer's Research UK, said, "Dementia is the greatest medical challenge of our time, with growing numbers of people developing the condition, there is an urgent need for new treatments and preventions. Our MPs' have a vital role to play in keeping dementia on the government's agenda and we are delighted to see Mr Zeichner continuing to support research to defeat the condition and helping to raise public awareness."

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Daniel Zeichner MP hosts parliamentary event to raise awareness of need to improve Alzheimer's disease diagnosis rates

Yesterday, Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge welcomed fellow MPs and peers to a parliamentary drop-in session to learn more about dementia in their local areas. The event was in...

Home Office delays that leave Cambridge constituents trapped for months without their passports must be ended, says Cambridge Labour MP Daniel Zeichner. Quizzing Immigration Minister, Brandon Lewis in Parliament yesterday, Daniel demanded to know what he is doing to improve the shambolic immigration procedure which has badly affected Cambridge residents and businesses. 

Cambridge MP quizzes Government on immigration failings

Home Office delays that leave Cambridge constituents trapped for months without their passports must be ended, says Cambridge Labour MP Daniel Zeichner. Quizzing Immigration Minister, Brandon Lewis in Parliament yesterday,... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge will today head down to Mill Road and join the public for a tour of Europe's first ever Eco-Mosque, which is currently under construction. 

Cambridge MP to join Tour of Europe's First Ever Purpose-Built Eco Mosque

Daniel Zeichner, Labour MP for Cambridge will today head down to Mill Road and join the public for a tour of Europe's first ever Eco-Mosque, which is currently under construction. ... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge today demanded that the Government act to help women who have been discriminated against during pregnancy but denied justice because of the Government's unlawful imposition of industrial tribunal fees. 

Speaking in the Commons today, he pressed Justice Minister Dominic Raab on what is being done to ensure that women who were unable to pursue pregnancy and maternity discrimination claims due to the cost of employment tribunal fees, are now able to bring forward their cases. 

Daniel Zeichner calls on government to act to protect woman discriminated against during pregnancy or maternity

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge today demanded that the Government act to help women who have been discriminated against during pregnancy but denied justice because of the Government's unlawful imposition... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, Labour's Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has heavily criticised the County Council, calling their recent consultation on Children's Centres a "sham" after if emerged that they will maintain their proposal to close 4 children's centres in Cambridge, despite responses indicating that parents do not support the 're-designation of services in the city.

Cambridge MP slams "Sham Consultation" on Children's Centres

Daniel Zeichner, Labour's Member of Parliament for Cambridge, has heavily criticised the County Council, calling their recent consultation on Children's Centres a "sham" after if emerged that they will maintain... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP, MP for Cambridge and member of the Transport Select Committee, has stated his support for the actions of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which has ordered Ryanair to inform passengers affected by cancelled flights how they will be rerouted by 17:00 today (Friday 29th September).

Daniel says, "I welcome the actions of the CAA, it is right to demand that passengers are properly compensated for the chaos and inconvenience that has been inflicted on them as a result of these cancellations by Ryanair.

"We need to ensure that passengers receive what is owed to them as detailed by the EU regulation and that Ryanair is more forthcoming in letting passengers know what they are entitled to."

In the last few weeks, Ryanair has cancelled tens of thousands of flights scheduled between now and next March after reports that the airline is looking to improve arrival times and to accommodate for pilot shortages that have occurred to changes to pilot holiday entitlements and poor planning. 

Originally cancelling over 50 flights a day between mid-September and the end of October, Ryanair has announced a further 18,000 cancellations for November to March. The second wave of cancellations will affect around 400,000 passengers, contributing to around 700,000 people affected in total. 

Daniel is currently a member of the Transport Select Committee and is a former Shadow Minister for Transport. 

Daniel says, "Report indicates that passengers have been misled over the last couple of weeks as to what Ryanair's compensatory duty is to them, which is unacceptable. I think that is is important that the CEO of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, faces the Transport Select Committee so that we can get a better understanding as to what has gone wrong and what can be done to ensure that passengers are not affect like this again in the future."

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Cambridge Labour MP calls for Ryanair boss to face Transport Select Committee

Daniel Zeichner MP, MP for Cambridge and member of the Transport Select Committee, has stated his support for the actions of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which has ordered Ryanair...

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