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Vicky Foxcroft MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

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You can find out what I have been up to in Parliament and my work in Lewisham, or read my latest blog posts below.

Many people have recently contacted me about the status of long-term immigrants living in the UK in relation to the Windrush scandal.

I am appalled by the Government’s treatment of people who arrived from the Commonwealth as children and are now facing the threat of deportation, as well as being denied access to public services such as healthcare and other entitlements.

Since becoming an MP, I have dealt with over 1,500 immigration cases and I am very concerned about the Government’s increasingly hard-line approach and policy in this area. I have also personally dealt with cases for constituents from the Windrush generation.

I am aware that over 150,000 people, including many in our constituency, signed the petition calling on the Government to grant amnesty to anyone who arrived in the UK as a minor between 1948-71, showing the depth of feeling on this issue.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes has admitted that “terrible mistakes” were made in the cases involving the Windrush generation and Home Secretary Amber Rudd has described their treatment by her department as “appalling”.

I fully support calls by my colleague David Lammy MP for the Prime Minister to “guarantee the status of all Commonwealth nationals whose right to remain is protected by law and to provide an effective, humane route to the clarification of their status”.

On Monday, he secured an Urgent Question on this matter in the House of Commons, rightfully describing it as a day of “national shame” which has come about due to a “hostile environment” and policy begun under Theresa May when she was Home Secretary.

I also share concerns raised by my colleague Karen Buck MP during the debate that there is “real fear spreading through some of our diverse communities” as a result of this hostile environment.

The Government must urgently act to secure the rights of the Windrush Generation and reach a resolution to this issue as soon as possible. I can assure you that I and my Labour colleagues will maintain pressure on the Government to ensure this happens.

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Windrush Home Office scandal

Many people have recently contacted me about the status of long-term immigrants living in the UK in relation to the Windrush scandal. I am appalled by the Government’s treatment of...

I strongly believe that the Prime Minister should have consulted MPs before authorising UK military action in Syria over the weekend. Although Parliament was in recess last week, there would have been time for a recall: President Trump indicated on April 11th that the US was likely to take military action, but the strikes did not actually take place until the early hours of April 14th.

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Syria: Parliament Should Have Had A Say On Military Action

I strongly believe that the Prime Minister should have consulted MPs before authorising UK military action in Syria over the weekend. Although Parliament was in recess last week, there would... Read more

I’ve recently received a large number of emails from constituents about the Government’s mandate to NHS England for 2018-19, confirming that waiting time targets for planned and emergency care have been abandoned for another year.

Almost 8 years of austerity has left our NHS underfunded, understaffed and underprepared for the rise in demand this winter.

Figures published by NHS England recorded the worst ever A&E performance this winter as departments nationwide are under relentless pressure, with over 1,000 patients being stuck on trolleys for over 12 hours, ambulance waits reaching record levels and a 515% increase in patients waiting over 4 hours, compared with 2011.  

As rightfully stated by the chief Executive of the Patients Association (Rachel Power) “the risks for patient safety and poorer outcomes is completely needless, and unacceptable in a wealthy nation”.

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It is extremely worrying that the Government’s NHS mandate issues no objective for the 18 week referral to treatment target nor the 4 hour A&E target to be met during the year and is a clear indication by Ministers that they are failing to properly fund and resource our NHS.

I believe this is highly disappointing given hospital bosses’ efforts to achieve our standards by the late 2000s and signals an erosion of progress made.

Moreover, as stated by our Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathon Ashworth, “fundamentally it risks the very future of our universal health system if it means forcing more to reluctantly flee the NHS for private provision instead”.

At the 2017 General Election, I stood on a manifesto which pledged an additional £45 billion to the NHS and social care system. The manifesto also outlined a long-term workforce plan to ensure safe staffing levels and give staff the support they need. I believe this would have prevented the plight of the NHS today and guaranteed the 4 hour A&E target.

I can assure you that I and my Labour colleagues will continue to fight for our NHS and press the Government to provide the funding it urgently requires to ensure patient care is not compromised and our health system remains world-class.

NHS waiting times

I’ve recently received a large number of emails from constituents about the Government’s mandate to NHS England for 2018-19, confirming that waiting time targets for planned and emergency care have...

Many people have contacted me recently with concerns about misleading food labelling on meat and dairy products.

I share concerns about this as a consumer rights issue and I believe that new proposals on food labelling are needed to ensure that consumers know exactly what they are buying, including the country of origin and method of production.

We must also prioritise a sustainable, long-term future for our farming, fishing and food industries. This means we cannot allow Brexit to be used as an excuse for food standards to be reduced or to allow cheap and inferior produce to flood the UK market.

I also believe we should reconfigure funds for farming to promote sustainable practices so that the industry can thrive and succeed while benefitting local communities.

At the 2017 General Election, I stood on a manifesto which pledged to consult on better ways to ensure agreed standards are better enforced.

I can assure you that I will continue to call for action to promote a humane and sustainable British farming system and also press for our existing environmental and animal welfare standards to be retained and strengthened once we have left the EU.

Food labelling of meat and dairy products

Many people have contacted me recently with concerns about misleading food labelling on meat and dairy products. I share concerns about this as a consumer rights issue and I believe...

After recently meeting with Clyde Nursery, I raised the importance of early years education in Parliament - and why we cannot afford to lose it.

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The importance of early years education

After recently meeting with Clyde Nursery, I raised the importance of early years education in Parliament - and why we cannot afford to lose it. Read more

As some of you may be aware, the governors of Childeric Primary School in New Cross are currently consulting on whether the school should become part of a multi-academy trust.

I thought I would share my own response here. If you would like to make your own submission, you can send it to the following address: Chair of Governors, Childeric Primary School, Childeric Road, London SE14 6DG.

Please note the closing date for responses is 27th April 2018.

A petition opposing academisation has also been set up. You can sign it here.

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Childeric Primary School Consultation

As some of you may be aware, the governors of Childeric Primary School in New Cross are currently consulting on whether the school should become part of a multi-academy trust....

On Tuesday 13th March the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his Spring Statement to Parliament.

I have learnt never to expect good news from the current Government, and the Chancellor did not disappoint. His statement was nothing short of a disaster for local communities.

South London Press Column 23rd March

On Tuesday 13th March the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his Spring Statement to Parliament. I have learnt never to expect good news from the current Government, and the Chancellor did... Read more

On Friday 16th March I spoke in the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill. I know this is something a lot of you care deeply about as I have received hundreds of emails about it over the last few months. I am delighted to report that the Bill has progressed to Committee Stage.

You can watch my speech in full here:

Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill March 16th

On Friday 16th March I spoke in the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill. I know this is something a lot of you care deeply about as I have received hundreds of emails...

In Prime Minister's Questions today I asked the Prime Minister to immediately legislate to ensure knives are never on display in shops.

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PMQs: Sale of knives

In Prime Minister's Questions today I asked the Prime Minister to immediately legislate to ensure knives are never on display in shops. Read more

Despite strong local opposition, the NHS walk-in clinic at the Waldron Heath Centre will close on Saturday 31st March. All other services at the centre will remain open.

Lewisham CCG is advising people to follow the below advice and ensure they are using the right service.

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New Cross Walk-In Centre to Close Saturday 31st March

Despite strong local opposition, the NHS walk-in clinic at the Waldron Heath Centre will close on Saturday 31st March. All other services at the centre will remain open.Lewisham CCG is...

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