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.

We’ve decided to get Lewisham Station User Group up and going, starting with a meeting on Thursday 21st September at 7pm. The meeting will be held at St Stephen’s Church, Lewisham High St, London SE13 5AF, right by the station.WhatsApp_Image_2017-08-30_at_10.34.09.jpeg

Lewisham Station User Group

We’ve decided to get Lewisham Station User Group up and going, starting with a meeting on Thursday 21st September at 7pm. The meeting will be held at St Stephen’s Church,... Read more

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Puppy Smuggling

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Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust, a local charity for homeless women aged 16-25, is recruiting teams of 2-4 people to join their Fun Relay Run at Hilly Fields on 17th September 2017.

The race starts at 11.00am and is free to enter. The trust is hoping to raise £8000 towards the cost of employing their cook, who provides healthy meals for the hostel residents.

For further details or to register your team, email mpmtrelay@gmail.com or call Rebecca on 020 8691 5911.

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Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust Fun Run

Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust, a local charity for homeless women aged 16-25, is recruiting teams of 2-4 people to join their Fun Relay Run at Hilly Fields on 17th September...

Many constituents have written to me about the inhumane handling of asylum claims involving allegations of torture.

I see the Home Office’s poor treatment of people daily. The Government is leaving people in limbo awaiting decisions and in too many cases making the wrong decisions. This leaves people unable to properly integrate into society as they should be allowed.

The Government’s treatment of people claiming asylum and of refugees is not that of a civilised country. I recently raised this in Parliament, asking what steps the Secretary of State for International Development are taking to protect women refugees against exploitation and sexual violence. Not enough is being done to protect these vulnerable people whilst they are seeking help.
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Torture and Asylum

Many constituents have written to me about the inhumane handling of asylum claims involving allegations of torture. I see the Home Office’s poor treatment of people daily. The Government is... Read more

Since becoming the MP for Lewisham Deptford I have been working to reinvigorate Deptford First, a local charity which provides small grants to organisations and local people in need.

We are holding a tea party and networking event at All Saints Community Centre (105 New Cross Road SE14 5DJ) on Thursday 7th September 18.00-20.00 and would love to see a wide variety of local organisations and community members there.

The committee will be there to welcome you and to chat about ideas for the future. We have chosen to focus on homelessness in the coming months and are particularly keen to connect with organisations working in that area.

If you would like to come along please register via our Eventbrite page and let us know which organisation you are representing. Please also feel free to share this invitation with any other organisations working in the constituency that you think might be interested in coming along.

I very much hope to see you there. If you have any queries, please get in touch via info@deptfordfirst.org.uk

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Deptford First Tea Party 2017

Since becoming the MP for Lewisham Deptford I have been working to reinvigorate Deptford First, a local charity which provides small grants to organisations and local people in need. We...

I’ve recently been contacted by lots of people from the constituency about the environmental protections.

Like myself, they are aware that leaving the EU has many different consequences. Our laws aren’t only embedded in EU structure, but they’re also monitored and enforced by a range of EU institutions.lewishamenv.jpg

Environmental Laws

I’ve recently been contacted by lots of people from the constituency about the environmental protections. Like myself, they are aware that leaving the EU has many different consequences. Our laws... Read more

I've recently had a lot of constituents getting in touch about Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy Sky TV.

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is set to make a decision on whether she will refer the takeover to the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) for an in-depth investigation. Many people from Lewisham Deptford were concerned Karen Bradley may make this decision during the summer recess whilst Parliament is not sitting - leaving MPs unable to properly question her verdict. 

I have written this letter to Karen Bradley on behalf of the constituents who have contacted me about this matter:
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21st Century Fox's Proposed Takeover of Sky

I've recently had a lot of constituents getting in touch about Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy Sky TV. Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is set to... Read more

Thanks to Unison’s court case, employees will no longer be charged unfair fees when taking their employers to court. 

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Employment Tribunal Fees

Thanks to Unison’s court case, employees will no longer be charged unfair fees when taking their employers to court.  Read more

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me recently regarding the UK Government’s commitment to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) each year on Official Development Assistance.

As I am sure you are aware, during the 2010-15 Parliament, the UK became the first G7 country to enshrine in law a target to spend 0.7% of GNI on overseas aid and did so with cross-party support. The development and improvements in hundreds of millions of people’s lives that have resulted from this commitment have been a credit to humanity. For example, from 2010-15, British aid supported 11 million children through school and helped more than 60 million people to access clean water, better sanitation and improved hygiene conditions. UK support during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, meanwhile, halted the spread of the disease. Such achievements should be a source of pride for everyone in the UK. I therefore remain profoundly committed to spending 0.7% of GNI on overseas aid.

I share people’s concerns at recent questioning of the UK’s foreign aid budget. It is worrying that while the Government has committed to maintaining the 0.7% target, its plans also suggest a shift away from the current cross-party consensus on international development. For example, the Government has stated its intention to attempt to change international definitions of development assistance. It has further stated that if it fails to do this, it will change the law to allow it to use its own definition of development assistance. I am concerned that this is an attempt to use overseas aid intended for poverty reduction for things such as security and counter-terrorism, and to plug funding gaps in other departments.

It is vital that we continue to abide by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development definition of aid and use our overseas assistance to promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries. Abandoning this global standard would undermine the purpose of the 0.7% commitment and send the wrong message to the rest of the world.

0.7% Overseas Aid Target

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me recently regarding the UK Government’s commitment to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) each year on Official Development Assistance. As I...

Many of you have contacted me with concerns about the continued detention of British prisoners in Iran. Last week I attended the Westminster Hall debate on British Prisoners in Iran, led by Tulip Siddiq MP. Earlier this year, I contacted the Foreign Secretary calling on him to take urgent action to secure the release of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe (a former resident of Brockley) and other detainees and I will continue to press the Government to take action on this issue. 

British Prisoners in Iran

Many of you have contacted me with concerns about the continued detention of British prisoners in Iran. Last week I attended the Westminster Hall debate on British Prisoners in Iran,... Read more

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