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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.

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Many residents of Lewisham Deptford have contacted me to share their concerns about the welfare of dogs being bought and sold and the detrimental impact of poor breeding practices. My Labour colleagues and I have long believed licensing requirements should be tightened in this area and that enforcement actions should be better targeted across the board.

While it has no plans to ban the sale of dogs by third parties, the Government is reviewing animal establishments licensing and has proposed tightening up the standards of welfare that apply to these sales. I welcome this review, which includes plans to update the legal requirements for each licensed activity, including clarifying standards around the sale of puppies, the licensing threshold for dog breeding, and the provision of information alongside pet sales. 

Protecting Puppies *Updated 19/12/16*

Many residents of Lewisham Deptford have contacted me to share their concerns about the welfare of dogs being bought and sold and the detrimental impact of poor breeding practices. My... Read more

I have received so many emails from constituents about Article 50. However, I've struggled to know whether or when to respond as we currently know so little about any action we can take. article_50flag.jpg

Article 50

I have received so many emails from constituents about Article 50. However, I've struggled to know whether or when to respond as we currently know so little about any action... Read more

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A number of constituents have recently contacted me regarding sea bass stocks. Sea bass is an important commercial fish species but overfishing over the last 30 years has seen a serious decline in stocks across Europe.  

While the Government has taken the view that previous measures by the European Council took steps in the right direction, Labour believes that the European Commission’s proposals for 2016 were watered down by EU Fisheries Ministers. These measures were inadequate and they have not done enough to achieve the reductions in fishing mortality needed to allow the stock to recover to levels suitable for the sustainable fishing of the species. 

Sea Bass Stocks *Updated 07/12/16*

A number of constituents have recently contacted me regarding sea bass stocks. Sea bass is an important commercial fish species but overfishing over the last 30 years has seen a... Read more

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Over the past few weeks I have received a large number of emails from constituents wishing to express their concerns about the breeding and selling of kittens.

Although distinct legislation exists to regulate the breeding and selling of dogs, there is no equivalent for the breeding of cats. Irresponsible breeding is a growing problem and poor breeding practices contribute greatly to the number of abandoned animals rescue centres have to deal with.  

Kitten Breeding *Updated 19/12/16*

Over the past few weeks I have received a large number of emails from constituents wishing to express their concerns about the breeding and selling of kittens. Although distinct legislation... Read more

In September I wrote to the Prime Minister on behalf of many concerned constituents, calling on her to do more to ensure child refugees arrive safely in the UK. When I wrote to her, barely any children had arrived since the passing of the Dubs amendment in May.

You can read the Prime Minister's full response to me here:

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Response from Prime Minister - refugee children

In September I wrote to the Prime Minister on behalf of many concerned constituents, calling on her to do more to ensure child refugees arrive safely in the UK. When... Read more

For the past few months I have been working with A Cinderella Line in their campaign for a better service for Crofton Park and the rest of the Catford Loop. If you live in Crofton Park, or anywhere on the Catford Loop, you won't need me to tell you how badly served this line is. The population around Crofton Park is increasing year on year, but there were more trains in the 1950s than there are today. Most trains are dangerously over-capacity (some services are as much as 46% over capacity) and this is something the Cinderella Line campaigners and I have been lobbying to improve this year.

So I'm pleased to say that from December 12th we will see four new Southeastern morning services for Crofton Park! This will go to some way to relieve the pressure on the rush hour services - and hopefully will help you get to work quicker in the mornings.

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Southeastern will be serving the Catford Loop in the mornings from December 2016 onwards

Some success! Crofton Park to London Victoria

For the past few months I have been working with A Cinderella Line in their campaign for a better service for Crofton Park and the rest of the Catford Loop. If... Read more

Recently, I have received a lot of emails from people voicing concerns about healthcare funding. I know a lot of people have read about the sustainability and transformation plans in the media and are worried about the lack of transparency. This is a deeply important issue and we are right to be concerned about the lack of information.

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 Signing the petition to Save Lewisham Hospital when our A&E department was under threat.

NHS - Sustainability and Transformation Plans

Recently, I have received a lot of emails from people voicing concerns about healthcare funding. I know a lot of people have read about the sustainability and transformation plans in... Read more

There was recently a Westminster Hall debate about driven grouse shooting, which many constituents contacted me about. We have a moral duty to treat animals in a humane and compassionate way and the previous Labour Government had a proud record on animal welfare. For example, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 embedded in statute, for the first time, clear standards relating to the welfare of animals. 

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Grouse shooting

There was recently a Westminster Hall debate about driven grouse shooting, which many constituents contacted me about. We have a moral duty to treat animals in a humane and compassionate... Read more

Living Wage week is drawing to an end. It has been a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of paying a real living wage and to celebrate businesses who have already committed to ensuring their staff are paid fairly. 

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Helping The London Window Cleaning Company, a Living Wage employer in the constituency.

Living Wage Week

Living Wage week is drawing to an end. It has been a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of paying a real living wage and to celebrate businesses... Read more

Zarka Iqbal, a student at Prendergast Hilly Fields, recently spent a week doing work experience with me. Here, she shares her thoughts on selective schooling and argues why our comprehensive school system needs protection. 

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A Student Perspective: Protect Our State Schools

Zarka Iqbal, a student at Prendergast Hilly Fields, recently spent a week doing work experience with me. Here, she shares her thoughts on selective schooling and argues why our comprehensive... Read more

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