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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.

After two months of calling for a debate on the Serious Violence Strategy, the Government finally granted Parliament the chance to debate this important issue.

Serious Violence Strategy

After two months of calling for a debate on the Serious Violence Strategy, the Government finally granted Parliament the chance to debate this important issue. Read more

The wonderful 999 Club has launched a crowdfunding campaign to provide homeless people in Lewisham with a much needed summer night shelter.
 
I’m incredibly proud to have the 999 Club in my constituency. Its night shelters offer a fantastic service to rough sleepers, not only providing them with a safe place to sleep but also offering assistance with employment, benefits and access to healthcare.
 
It’s easy to assume that homeless people need more help in the winter, but the summer brings its own problems with increased risks from violence and anti-social behaviour.
 
If you can spare a few pounds, please consider donating: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/summershelter


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999 Club Summer Night Shelter Campaign

The wonderful 999 Club has launched a crowdfunding campaign to provide homeless people in Lewisham with a much needed summer night shelter.   I’m incredibly proud to have the 999...

Many people have been in touch with me recently about banning the sale of animal fur.

I believe that how we treat animals is a moral issue, as well as an animal welfare and consumer rights issue. I therefore fully support calls to ban both imports of animal fur and its sale in the UK.

The UK was the first country in Europe to ban fur farming in 2000. The then-Government banned the breeding and slaughter of animals for the value of their fur on 'public morality' grounds, as 'fur farming is not consistent with a proper value and respect for animal life' though imports are still permitted.

I know animal welfare charities have also long campaigned against the fur trade and for animal fur labelling so consumers to have the right information to make ethical shopping choices.

EU textile labelling regulation requires an item to be labelled if it "contains non-textile parts of animal origin" however, research by the Humane Society International found high levels of non-compliance with this law in practice. Animal fur labelling requirements are already in place in the US and Switzerland. I agree that current provisions relating to animal welfare must be enshrined into UK legislation once we leave the European Union.

I believe the Government needs to set out its strategy for the future and whether it remains committed to the current, hard-won, animal welfare and environmental protections and what further action they will take in this area.

I am aware of the parliamentary petition calling on the Government to ban the sale of animal fur in the UK, which exceeded 100,000 signatures and will be debated now on 4 June.

I can assure that I will be following this issue closely, keeping my website updated on any further developments.

Banning sales of animal fur

Many people have been in touch with me recently about banning the sale of animal fur. I believe that how we treat animals is a moral issue, as well as...

Many people have contacted me recently about financial transparency in the UK's Overseas Territories and the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, which received its Third Reading on 1 May.

I was in the Chamber for part of the debate on 1 May and was present for all of the amendments, acting as a teller for most of them (which means I was the Opposition Whip responsible for counting our votes). I am pleased to report that Margaret Hodge’s amendment was passed, requiring the Government to take steps towards establishing publicly accessible registers of the beneficial ownership of companies in British territories.

I believe this is a remarkable step towards preventing money laundering and evasion; the financial systems of the British Overseas Territories allow tax avoidance on an industrial scale, and in doing so they damage developing countries and the global economy. As you will be aware, developing countries are estimated to lose $170 billion each year due to tax evasion by individuals and organisations. Africa's economies alone lose £46 billion annually through corruption and tax evasion - much more than they receive in aid.

The National Crime Agency assesses that £90 billion of international criminal money is laundered through UK banks, including their subsidiaries, each year. At the same time, the OECD estimate that between $100 to 240 billion in tax is lost through tax avoidance internationally. Tax Research LLP estimate that the UK tax loss through offshore havens is not less than £18.5 billion per annum.

At the 2017 General Election, I stood on a manifesto that pledged to act decisively on tax havens, introducing strict standards of transparency for Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories. I can assure you I will continue to press for tougher action on global tax avoidance and evasion.

Anti-Money Laundering Bill

Many people have contacted me recently about financial transparency in the UK's Overseas Territories and the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, which received its Third Reading on 1 May. I...

The Home Office has now set up a dedicated team to deal with the appalling Windrush scandal. Contact details are as follow:
 
Email: commonwealthtaskforce@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
 
Freephone: 0800 678 1925
 
The phone lines are open Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm
 
If you contact the team you will be asked a series of questions to establish whether your case falls within its remit. You will then be advised of the next steps and referred on to a dedicated casework team.
 
My staff and I have already dealt with a number of Windrush cases and are of course always happy to assist, so please also feel free to contact my office as usual (vicky.foxcroft.mp@parliament.uk or 020 8469 4638).
 
I am also keen to hear about any problems you encounter when contacting the dedicated Windrush team.

Windrush Hotline

The Home Office has now set up a dedicated team to deal with the appalling Windrush scandal. Contact details are as follow:   Email: commonwealthtaskforce@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk   Freephone: 0800 678 1925  ...

On Friday 27 April, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill received its Third Reading in the House of Commons.  

The Bill, which was first introduced by my colleague Chris Bryant MP, seeks to introduce a new offence of assaulting an emergency worker, new sentencing guidance, and new powers to take bodily samples from suspects.

This legislation is a vital means of protecting those emergency service workers who work hard to protect us all, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors and nurses, as well as the people assisting them.

I was present during the debate on Friday and I am very pleased to report that the Bill passed its Third Reading and will now proceed through the House of Lords.  

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill *Update*

On Friday 27 April, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill received its Third Reading in the House of Commons.   The Bill, which was first introduced by my colleague...

Today at Justice Questions I asked the minister, Rory Stewart, how many recommendations from the Dame Sally Coates review of education in prison and the Charlie Taylor review of the youth justice system have been delivered by the Government.

He said he would need to check! I look forward to following up with the minister soon.

Justice Questions 24/04/18 - Prisoner Rehabilitation

Today at Justice Questions I asked the minister, Rory Stewart, how many recommendations from the Dame Sally Coates review of education in prison and the Charlie Taylor review of the youth...

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...

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