Vicky Foxcroft MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

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

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, Notting Hill in the early hours of this morning, I have written to Lewisham Council, a number of local housing associations and the Government.

At this early stage, it is unclear what the cause of this fire may have been, but preventing a tragedy such as this is of paramount importance to local authorities and emergency services across the country.

In my letter below, I have asked Lewisham Council to ensure that all is being done to prevent this from happening:

 

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UPDATE: In response to my letter and concerns raised by other representatives in Lewisham, Kevin Sheehan, Executive Director for Customer Services, has written the below letter outlining the action Lewisham Council is taking with its partners to ensure the safety of Lewisham residents:

 

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My letter to Lewisham Council following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, Notting Hill

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, Notting Hill in the early hours of this morning, I have written to Lewisham Council, a number of local housing associations and the...

I will be re-standing to be the MP for Lewisham Deptford, in the hopes of continuing to represent my local community and voice the issues we face at a national level.

It has been an honour to represent my local area these past two years. We have a lot to be proud of: our diverse community, our independent businesses and our thriving art sector. But it has been a battle against a Conservative Government that seem to have no care for our vital services.

I’ve had to fight to protect our local hospital, our fire station and services for the homeless. I will continue to fight for our post offices, our nurseries, our transport and our schools. In Parliament, I will always challenge disgusting policies such as the 'bedroom tax' and the Government’s shameful decision to refuse help to unaccompanied child refugees. 

Austerity has not worked for the country and it has not worked for Lewisham Deptford. The Government has failed to meet their deficit target year after year and locally we've seen a rise in youth violence, homelessness and child poverty. 

Under a Labour Government it would be different. We know Labour will support our services, our rights and our jobs. We would see our education system properly funded, a minimum wage worth working for, and a benefit system that does not attack the most vulnerable people in society. These are the policies I want to see implemented and this is what I will be campaigning for between now and polling day on June 8th.

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General Election 2017

I will be re-standing to be the MP for Lewisham Deptford, in the hopes of continuing to represent my local community and voice the issues we face at a national...

I recently received several emails from constituents regarding the "Tampon Tax" fund, after news that the Government decided to award the anti-abortion charity 'Life' £250,000 from the VAT levied on sanitary products.

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Review Tampon Tax grant awarded to anti-abortion group *Updated 24/04/2017*

I recently received several emails from constituents regarding the "Tampon Tax" fund, after news that the Government decided to award the anti-abortion charity 'Life' £250,000 from the VAT levied on... Read more

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A number of local taxi drivers have contacted me regarding recent media reports concerning David Cameron and George Osborne’s relationship with Uber.

The revelations suggest that these close ties could have an impact on Transport for London and City Hall policy after Boris Johnson reportedly bowed to pressure during his time as mayor and did not go ahead with implementing proposed changes to London’s taxi and private hire industry.

I am aware that tensions have been rising between mini cab, Uber and black cab drivers over recent years and am pleased that our current mayor, Sadiq Khan, is making an impact in this area through his introduction of English language tests for private hire drivers, his employment of more than one hundred new enforcement officer and his plans to create more taxi rank across the city. As you may know, City Hall and Transport for London are also pushing central government for additional powers to enable them to tackle the issue of cross-border hiring.

As requested by constituents, I have now written to the Prime Minister asking her government to investigate the relationship between her predecessor, the former Chancellor and Uber and to ask that the findings be made public. I have also stated that the government should closely examine the impact that Uber is having on passenger safety, fair competition and drivers’ pay and working conditions. 

Uber Links to 10 Downing Street

A number of local taxi drivers have contacted me regarding recent media reports concerning David Cameron and George Osborne’s relationship with Uber. The revelations suggest that these close ties could...

The week before last we saw Theresa May officially trigger Article 50.

Which means Labour must now hold the Government to account in their negotiations on our exit from the European Union.

It's important that people are listened to and your voices are heard, which is why I have created this survey to get a clearer understanding of local people's views. Please do feel free to share the survey with other people in Lewisham, as I want to hear from as many people as possible.

You can access the survey by clicking HERE, or copying and pasting this link: https://goo.gl/forms/Zwur6LZypB25xIqj2.

It should take no longer than five minutes. 

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Brexit Survey

The week before last we saw Theresa May officially trigger Article 50. Which means Labour must now hold the Government to account in their negotiations on our exit from the...

A number of constituents have contacted me recently asking me to support the lowering of the bowel cancer screening age to 50.

Early diagnosis is of course critical to improving cancer survival. The UK National Screening Committee, which advises ministers and the NHS about all aspects of population screening, recommended faecal occult blood testing should be extended to those aged 50 to 74. I know the Government has already received Parliamentary Questions on this issue, and a related online petition has been signed by more than 274,000 people. I hope the Government considers this carefully when responding. 

I believe investment in local screening programmes can make a real difference to the nation’s health. However, the Government has pushed ahead with short-sighted cuts to public health budgets without considering the impact on people’s health. This is a false economy and I believe the NHS and social care sector must be provided with the funding that is desperately needed.

I wrote to the Department of Health about this issue back in February and received the below response from David Mowat MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (the response has been edited to remove a constituent's personal details).

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Bowel Cancer Screening

A number of constituents have contacted me recently asking me to support the lowering of the bowel cancer screening age to 50. Early diagnosis is of course critical to improving...

Many people have been in touch with me outraged with the Government’s changes to eligibility for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and dozens have shared their stories of how they are personally affected by the changes. Constituents who already find themselves in difficult positions, have had their situations worsened after seeing significant changes to their income.  
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Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Many people have been in touch with me outraged with the Government’s changes to eligibility for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and dozens have shared their stories of how they are... Read more

Lots of people have been writing to me about Government's decision to scrap bursaries for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions and replace them with a loan system. It's something I strongly oppose and therefore have decided to write to Jeremy Hunt. 

Removal of Student Bursaries

Lots of people have been writing to me about Government's decision to scrap bursaries for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions and replace them with a loan system. It's something I strongly... Read more

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The protection of bees and current European ban on neonictinoids is a subject which continues to be of concern to a large number of people in Lewisham Deptford.

I last posted my views on the subject here.

The European Commission is currently reviewing the evidence on neonicotinoids and is expected to complete its assessment by November 2017. However, there are draft proposals for a full ban on the three most commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides that could be voted on by EU member states as early as May 2017. My Labour colleagues and I will follow developments on this closely.

The Government has said that current regulations for our environment – including the ban on neonicotinoids – will remain in place until we leave the EU, adding that it is “considering future arrangements for pesticides”, but I am concerned that many environmental protections are at risk following the outcome of the referendum.

It is vital that the Government takes a science-led approach to pesticide use and considers how best to support farmers, protect wildlife and reverse the decline of pollinators. 

Bees Update - April 2017

The protection of bees and current European ban on neonictinoids is a subject which continues to be of concern to a large number of people in Lewisham Deptford. I last...

Earlier this month, major trauma surgeon at King's College Hospital Dr Duncan Bew stated his surgical team now treat more young patients with stab wounds than they do patients for appendicitis. He also stated that the stab injuries he sees have become more ferocious and more frequent. This is the tip of the iceberg and we urgently need to see a public health approach to tackling youth violence.

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When will we see a public health approach to youth violence?

Earlier this month, major trauma surgeon at King's College Hospital Dr Duncan Bew stated his surgical team now treat more young patients with stab wounds than they do patients for... Read more

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